Friday, April 24, 2009

Shredded cheese

Time for a shredhead update!

Time for me to hang my head in shame and report that although I have been working out, I swear, and watching my food intake, I swear, it's, uh, not working. I've lost just a couple of pounds in almost two months of near-daily workouts. For all of March I did the 30-Day Shred, and this month I am doing a combination of Bob Harper Biggest Loser workouts--Cardio Max, Body Sculpt, and Weight Loss Yoga. Plus I take a power vinyasa yoga class at the Y twice a week, and according to my activity computer I accumulate at least 60 minutes of activity (walking, stair-climbing, pushing kids on the swings, etc.) several days a week.

So it's discouraging, to say the least. I'm still committed to continuing to work out (I'm supposed to be an expert, after all). At this point, I am in the habit of waking up early and putting in 20-30 minutes of exercise; and Jo is also in the habit of waking up and observing. I have extra motivation to get up because I don't want her to be up for no reason other than to watch some extra TV. Of course, knowing that we are both up means that Opie needs to get up too. He also needs to crawl under me every time I'm in downward-facing dog and to stand close enough to me to get hit in the head with hand weights on a regular basis.

Hmm. Maybe that would explain the lack of progress. The good news is that I do feel more fit, my muscles always have that slight bit of soreness that tells me I worked them, and I can now do headstand and crow pose. These are probably more important victories than the stubborn numbers on the scale but I'd like both kthx?

I just read a post about research showing that consuming blueberries can help reduce belly fat. Dude, I eat blueberries almost every single day for breakfast and still have a totally flabby gut. Don't you hate reading advice and tips and realizing you're already doing everything there is to do, and why on earth isn't it working?!

Julie pointed out that the blueberries probably need to be baked into muffins to have the most effect. I'm trying that next.

11 comments:

Jennifer said...
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Jennifer said...

I'm sure you already know this, but muscle weighs more than fat, and it sounds like you're gaining muscle!

Farmers Wife said...

OH Gimme some blueberries please!!!! You sound like you are doing good, and I need to find some of your inspiration. I love Bob Harper too!!

Lady M said...

Jennifer already said what I was going to say. Good for you, keeping up the exercise habit! It's not easy to do when the kiddos are scampering.

Binkytowne said...

Frustrating! I've been shredding too, and I don't find that the shred alone is enough to make a difference. Ive been counting points as well and still only managed to drop a couple of lb's. (I wonder if the brownie I just ate at 10:15 pm has anything to do with it?)

Jennifer (ponderosa) said...

You can do crow? I am *impressed*!

Just wait until summer. No one can lose weight except in summer. It's the sun. : )

Julie @ The Mom Slant said...

Crow pose? Jesus. I thought it might be like pigeon pose until I clicked through. You win at yoga.

Maybe blueberry scones are what we need...

Patois said...

I just laugh at the vision of Opie during your poses.

Sorry.

Leighann said...

In all my years of doing yoga, I have never successfully done a true crow pose.

Totally impressed!

the mama bird diaries said...

I'm really impressed with your commitment. Your heart thanks you for sure.

Bill said...

Wow, I didn't know what crow pose was until I clicked the link. Did I mention WOW!

Congrats on so much working out the last couple of months! Just make sure you aren't undereating. It sounds like you're working out a LOT, and if you aren't eating enough you'll stop losing weight. I had to bump up my points to jumpstart the loss again.

Let me know how the blueberry muffins work. :)