I’ve spent the past few weeks combing this site, and several others. Frankly, I’m pretty overwhelmed with everything I’ve found. This is my first post here, but I’ve made good use of the search feature and didn’t really find what I needed, so I’m hoping you folks can help me out. If not, then at least point me in the right direction.
To start, who am I? I’m a 21 year-old female hockey player (goalie). I’m not new to physical activity, as I am generally on the ice between 6 and 16 hours per week, which poses some training issues. More on that later.
I’m 5’2", and currently weigh in at 137 pounds (ugh). I’ve lost 35 lbs since September, and I’d like to lose another 5-10.
Now, the fun part. Let’s start with nutrition/diet. I’ve struggled with eating disorders (mainly bulimia, but binge eating and anorexia each had their time) in the past 9 years, and I’d like to say I’m completely recovered, but I’m not. That is a challenge.
I cannot have eggs, or milk (or any dairy). That includes whey. Well, I could, but I’d have to have the ambulance on standby while I made my shake, and I’m not too keen on anaphylactic shock.
My diet isn’t perfect right now, and I’ll be tweaking it some more this week, based on info found here, but it’s been working so far.
My question is: What do you recommend for protein shakes if soy is really that bad?
I’ve been using soy protein, but if there’s a better alternative, I’d love to hear of it. Also, needs to be suitable for collegiate use as I will be drug tested.
Now, training. I’m a total newbie to weights. Never set foot in a gym. Why? See previous section on eating disorders, evidently my self-esteem isn’t the greatest. Having all the macho men around me lifting heavy weights, while I lift the little pink ones, well…Don’t I feel good.
Currently, I do all my training at home (or outside). It consists of:
-Cardio 6 days a week (jogging, elliptical, biking, stationary bike)
-Slideboard every night, usually 15 minutes or so
-Bodyweight exercises (crunches, sit-ups, push-ups, squats, jump squats, burpees, jumping jacks)
-Balance board work
*Note on cardio: 3 sessions per week are intervals. The length varies depending on whether I have hockey that day, generally sessions are 45 minutes.
Where do I go from here? The full-body vs. split seems so confusing. I’d think full-body would be better for a hockey player, no? I could be off in left field though. Also, how do I fit my workouts in when I’m playing hockey 5 nights a week?
Can someone help a beginner out please?