>Wednesday morning at the ungodly hour of 6:30 am I got what felt like a wallop over the head with what Oprah would call an “Ah-Ha” moment. When Ariane took my measurements (body fat, weight, inches) a few days before, they had made me want to cry, not give up, but definitely cry. During the nutrition seminar however she handed me a little sheet of paper that turned all of those depressing numbers into things that actually made me feel better. I have a lot more lean muscle mass than I would have guess and somehow knowing THAT number along with how much body fat I have was really helpful for my mental state. The thing that really packed the wallop was knowing exactly how many calories would be needed to lose fat and then the breakdown of that number into how many grams of carbohydrates, protein and fat I need at each meal!
She also gave us a chart that breaks down how many grams are in what foods, things to avoid and what we should eat, so in one little piece of paper and one bright red booklet, suddenly the body I want seems so attainable.
This week Ariane also showed Ify and I what we should be doing at the gym. There are two separate routines: one for the upper body and one for the lower body – to be done on different days. I don’t really do much upper body work. On my own I just run through a quick arms routine with lightish weights at the gym. This routine was NOT that. It had really heavy weights and it kicked my ass. The hardest of the new moves was a plank with alternate back rows. I used 12.5 pound weights and did 20 reps. It was so hard but I was so proud of actually being able to do the full set – twice!
The lower body routine was hard, but nothing that seemed as crazy as the plank evilness. I definitely can feel it and am very sore – but in a way that I love. Ify and I also got a treadmill routine that “pushed us” since Ariane thought we both need a little boost in that department. I can honestly say that after doing it for 15 minutes I was really sure I didn’t know what pushing it meant, because the routine was definitely on another level! Who would have thought that adding in side shuffling sections, lunges, and sprints would make such a huge difference…. and here I thought all my recent long runs were making me a cardio superstar. Nope!
So, now it is just a matter of figuring out how to get it all in and how to eat right. By next week, I am hoping to have tips and tricks but at the moment I am just trying to wrap my head around it all…