October 5, 2012 by Pepper A.K.A "Greek Lightning"
Well folks, Day 30 came and went. It was kind of a relief to be done with the strict 30 day regime and I am excited for new and different challenges.
Here is a pic of me at day 30. Not too much different, but different inside, that is for sure. I made it through 30 days of lifting, cardio, and for the most part, dieting on an exclusively plant based diet. And for that, I am proud.
Today, I had the opportunity to do an Insanity DVD in the group exercise room with a few people from my gym. It was REALLY HARD! I struggled at times to make it through and when I was done, I was exhausted! It made me realize that I need to work on my cardio. So, I now have to come up with some new goals.
I would still really like to lean out so that I can show this muscle that I have been working on. I feel like my body is being stubborn right now. I have glimpses of lean-ing, but then the next day I will be puffy again. I think it has a lot to do with being inconsistent in drinking water. Some days, I drink a full gallon and others – not even 36 ounces (eek).
1.) Take a scientific approach to losing some weight. I have been using estimates for calories and do not really know what my body burns and therefore, I don’t know if I am giving it enough (and it is stubbornly holding on to fat) or too much food. I am going to wear my heart rate monitor on one of my days off from working out to see how many calories I burn on a normal day. Then, I will figure out how many calories I need to burn or reduce to create a 3500 calorie deficit and will therefore lose a pound a week. This will decide how much cardio I will do.
2.) In line with goal number 1, I am going to work on doing some intense cardio (not necessarily long duration, but enough to burn a specific amount of calories.) Also, I will create a food plan that is in line with the goal of creating a calorie deficit. I think Shaun T. and I are about to get close. Real close.
3.) I am going to start doing more circuit style weight training. Right now, my goal wil not be to put on muscle, but I will try very hard to keep the muscle I have built.
So, there you have it. A few new goals. Here’s to the next 30 days! Oh and p.s. – I really need to throw some yoga in the mix because my flexibility sucks! Just thought I would put that out there….
Are you coming with me?