About a 1.5 years ago I got a personal trainer and over the next 7 months I gained a lot of strength and lost a fair amount of weight. I was losing weight and gaining muscle at a decent rate. I started at 238 and right around last xmas I was down to 214 or so, the thing was though I felt a lot stronger, when I started I could only do around 15 pushups, but by the end I was doing around 55.
Problem: Costs, my trainer cost too much money in the end. Once I had a big bill to pay (ie i had to buy a used car because my old one broke down). I no longer had the gold to pay my trainer so I had to drop him.
Then some family problems happened, I lost my motivation to go work out everyday.
So then basically from Dec to now i’ve been eatting bad and only working out once or twice ever two weeks. This is going from working out four to five days a week.
No suprise I’m back up to 229lbs.
I think I’m ready once again to go nuts though.
I think my main problem though is fat, I think i have a decent amount of muscle it’s just I need to lose the fat and I will be able to do a lot of stuff.
Thus why I’m posting here.
What should I do?
I know I should eat healthy, and I’m switching to that slowly, I’ve been eatting clean a few days a week over the last few weeks to re-adjust. I honestly think I get addicted to crappy food, because I get headaches when I switch to eatting clean, so I have to do it over a period of time.
So my plan is:
- eat better
- exercise 4-6 days a week
This is where people reading this comes in, please comment or offer other activities I can do.
A) Cardio on eliptical machine for 50 minutes, 130 heart rate. – I like this I can listen to a Audio book at the same time. Is this a decent way to lose fat but not muscle?
B) Ball exercises + lunges. Like having a ball on my back and doing bench exercises with weights in my hand. Doing crunches on the ball, pushups with the ball etc…lot of ball action but in between doing lunges with weights in my hand or on my shoulders. --kind of cardio with some weight training thrown in
C) Jogging/Walking – lots of parks around here.
D) machine weights + combo of A and B above.
Thanks for any information/advice.