I cannot believe another month is almost in the books, which means that my eldest son’s high school graduation is only a few weeks away. Holy moly! I don’t know if I am ready for the whirlwind of May.
Before we say goodbye to April, however, I wanted to take a minute and recount a few things that I learned this month. They range from the mundane to the (mildly) significant, and I hope you discover something worthwhile among them.
1. Those Weights Should be Heavy!
I have been working out with a trainer in a small group setting for the past seven months. Nearly every time I begin a circuit of exercises, my trainer, John, watches for a minute and says, “Those weights look too light.” Most of the time, I tell him they are just right because they start to feel heavy after about ten reps. “OK,” he half-heartedly responds,”But you make it look easy.”
Last week, I finally asked him to tell me exactly how heavy my weights should feel because I didn’t understand why he kept telling me that I needed to lift more. He explained that they should be heavy from the beginning of the set, not only towards the end. If the first ten reps are easy, the weights are too light.
“Don’t pick weights that will feel perfect on your last set,” he said. “You can always decrease your weight towards the end if you need to. Start with heavy.”
Good to know.
I may live with constantly sore muscles by heeding his advice, but I will surely build more muscle (and hopefully lose more fat) that way, which is the goal. So I’m in!
2. Will Power is My Friend
With all of this working out (3 days of weight/circuit training at the gym and 1-2 days of hiking per week), I have been hoping to slowly lose the 15 or so pounds that have crept on over the past couple years, thanks to my slowing metabolism. In six months, I lost nothing. Nada. Zilch. So I decided to do a no sugar month in April to see if that would jump start things a little.
Easter came and went, and I did not eat one Cadbury mini egg, which happens to be my favorite candy. I passed up strawberry shortcake, my favorite spring treat. Twice. At multiple social functions that featured dessert, I did not eat one single bite of sugar-laden goodies.
I am pretty much super woman.
The scale hasn’t moved much because my body REALLY loves its set point. But I will take the 3-4 pound weight loss because one pound per week is a sustainable amount. The only thing I have given up is dessert, which means that I have been enjoying plenty of other delicious food and haven’t been feeling too deprived.
I do miss chocolate and ice cream, which I may introduce on a once a week basis once the month is over….