I am just amazed at how much my body has changed by making a few changes to my diet and workouts.
As you know I had been eating approximately 1200 calories while running approximately 80-100 miles a week and lifting 3 times a week. My body was used to the low calories, the high activity and was still performing quite well. I had become totally accustomed to this way of living and afraid to eat any other way as I would gain fat. You’ll remember that to lose 25 pounds a few years ago I began to eat only one carbohydrate meal a day (chose oatmeal) . As soon as I ate more than 1 carbohydrate meal a day I would begin to gain fat. Yes, fat. It wasn’t just the water that was hanging onto the carbohydrate grams.
Since my diet and workout overhaul a few weeks ago when I took on my new endeavor I have seen big changes in my body, not to mention my mind. My diet was changed from 1200 to 1800 calories and yes, I was scared I’d gain fat. I didn’t. My coach said I wouldn’t and I didn’t. Even with two oatmeal meals a day, sweet potato and brown rice!
My calories are now at 2000 and whala, no fat gain! My workouts have been rock solid. I can’t believe how strong I have become. Amazing what some GOOD FOOD will do for a gal!
Last night I was lifting back/delts. As I approached the assisted pull up, iPod blaring, focused..a guy interrupted me by pointing to my shoulder and saying something. I rolled my eyes and thought oh for christ sake, what does he want? You see, I don't ever visit at the gym. I am there to lift, I don't make eye contact, I listen to my iPod, I am focused, I work. Well,he was pointing and looking right in my eye ball so I pulled out my ear bud and he repeated ‘what are you trying to do, make the rest of us look bad?’ I chuckled and smiled, then put my ear bud back in, suprised that he noticed, and went on to complete supersets of 20, 18,16,12,10 assisted pull-ups superset with seated cable rows 20, 18, 16, 12, 10. It was amazing.
By the time I finished my back/rear delts workout I was pumped. The trainer stopped me on my way out and asked me ‘what kind of changes have you made to get this?” pointing to my arms. I was now fully dressed, he could no longer see my arms. I told him I began to eat and lift high volume. I am just shocked at the changes that are already taking place, mentally and physically!
On Monday my calories are increased to 2200!! Egads!