Monday, February 21, 2011
12 WEEK WEIGHT CHALLENGE
I want to look more like a cheetah - lean, muscular and in great shape.
With the objective of wanting to feel less chunky, I enrolled in a 12 week challenge with a local company owned by a dietician and certified fitness trainer. One of the features of enrolling with weight control programs is the accountability component. Being accountability and having to report each week is a great motivator. The accountability aspect is important for me to be successful. This company designs an individual program that focusses on losing fat and increasing your muscle mass.
Some diets are designed with the results that besides losing fat mass you also lose muscle mass. The program I am on incorporates a well balanced, clean eating diet with strength training and cardio. Following the diet has not been hard, I am actually eating more than I had been before starting this program. Doing the strength training has not been difficult either. I am following a strength training program and I am doing pilates twice a week. From my running days, I know I am built for endurance, not speed. It is not hard for me to add lean muscle mass. What is harder is losing fat mass. For me to lose fat, I need to increase my cardio. It is as simple as that. Walking every day, strength training and pilates does not increase my heart rate enough. During these past several weeks, I have had to make friends with the elliptical trainer and the rowing machine. Come spring, I may be doing some of this again
but I won't be doing this -->
After five weeks on the program, I have lost 2.4 pounds of fat mass and gained 1.8 pounds of lean mass. I am pretty close to the top of my target of lean muscle mass but have work to do to lose at least 12 to 13 pounds of fat mass. For the first two weeks of the program I was on holidays and I had a goal to not gain weight which I was able to do.
I will post over the next number of weeks on how I am achieving my goals.