I made it to the gym, which is hosted by my employer, and there wasn't even standing room. Plus one of my fellow lady employees had so much perfume on I could barely breathe. Unfortunately, no "real" cardio, though I jumped rope for ten minutes following a 30 sec. active/30 sec. rest interval. Not too bad, but I think I may be too big to be jumping rope for now!
I think I would be lumped into the group known as "speed yo-yo dieters", I will eat very well or "clean" for a few days then suddenly fall off of the wagon due to poor planning or poor self control. And it seems once I fall off the wagon, I will roll for Days!
As far as the diet goes for now, I think I'm going to transition slowly. Which, oddly enough, is the only way I have not approached diet. I'm going to concentrate on eating lots of veggies and staying away from all other carbs except some low GI fruit.
My mother is diabetic so I have a nice list printed out. Other than that, I really don't have any other plans.....Eat every 3 hours for five times a day.
45 minutes on the treadmill with the "weight loss" function selected. Basically varies the grade on which you walk. The setting today was 2 to 3.5 at a speed of 2.5 for 5 minutes, 3 for 10 minutes, 3.5 for 25 minutes, and 2 for 5 minutes.
Burned 500 calories.
Unfortunately, I did not feel like I worked out. Which I was sorta looking forward to.
I read Dan Johns' article today and was hopefull. This "40" day workout plan seems to be right my alley as far as with dieting and wanting to maintain or increase strength, plus it is short term enough to know if it works or not for me, but I'm not overly concerned about that.
Warm up set of goblet squats with 50lb dumbbell for 10 reps
2X5 as perscribed
Deadlift at 225 lbs. (Wasn't too difficult, but I definantly need to work on my grip. I kept pinching the skin on my hand.)
Bench Press 185 lbs. (Not difficult, however, I do not have a spotter at this point and time)
Row 115 lbs. (Not too difficult, though I definantly think my back needs work.)
Dumbbell Swing (No kettels available) 30 lbs. for 20 reps (Could have done more.)
Ab work (Don't know what to do, no ab wheel available. Did not do ab work, not until I find out what to substitute. Guess I could use a towel and slick surface? Try that next time.)
Roll forward as far as you think you can, then pull yourself back while keeping your arms locked , and your spine straight, the entire time. The farther out you roll, the harder it will be.
If you won't have a consistent schedule to train at least five days a week, I wouldn't try it. The program is entirely designed around that one concept.
See your "Bench Press" thread for my thoughts on this one.
With this exercise, if you can get more reps, get more reps. I do believe the 40-day program called for 20-50 reps.
Geez, if only you had a place where you could write down everything you ate for the day. At this point, I wouldn't ever bother figuring out calories or macronutrient breakdown. Just record the item(s) eaten (including portion/quantity) and the time of day. That alone should shed some light on where we can make improvements.
I could say that whole "Rome built in a day" thing, but I'd rather remind you that, all due respect, you (most likely) didn't become your current weight instantly, so you can't rightly expect it to drop instantly.
That said, with smart, consistent nutrition and smart, consistent training, you can definitely drop some visually-significant weight in these next two months.