Week 12 – Joining the gym

For a while my weight loss has slowed down to the point that it’s not moving. I finally stopped weighing myself every week because it was disheartening seeing my weight not moving, or that I gained weight. I took a week to count calories but I got as far as the fourth day, and while I was keeping it under every day, it was overwhelming to keep track of everything with other things going on. I am going to try again soon.

It’s been chilly and/or rainy the past few weeks, which doesn’t necessarily keep me from walking, but it’s hard to keep up with the mileage I’ve been doing on nice days. I’ve been trying to do workout videos in addition (usually Taebo or Jillian Michael’s 30-day shred) to make up for the mileage. Last Friday, I was determined to go back to Iroquois Park since I needed a change of scenery and something that would kick my butt – thank you Christina for introducing me to this park! I knew it was going to be cold that morning (30-something F) but after my body and brain fought one another for about 20 minutes I finally got used to it. I was so happy after I finished.

As much as I didn’t want to pay for a gym membership again, I figured it would be necessary when it’s really cold and snowy this winter. I signed up at Anytime Fitness; I’ve been a member twice in the past and really enjoyed the atmosphere, and the couple who own the place are really nice. When I was signing up, I told one of the owners about things I mentioned above, and he suggested strength training to get things moving again since I haven’t been doing that. He also set up an appointment tomorrow to meet with someone to talk about strength training and come up with a routine so that I can get the results that I want. I’m not sure if it’ll be a training session or more talking about what I should be doing. Either way I’m excited about it and looking forward to moving onto the next thing.

Lastly, I leave you with a nice sunset from a walk earlier this week. 🙂

Comments (8)

  1. Strength training is KEY to really get your metabolism cranking – it helps you burn more calories all the time because it boots your basal metabolic rate. I’m sure you know that already, but strength training is such a good idea. 🙂 plus, it’s where you’ll really notice your body changing – slimming down, toning up, etc. you won’t care whether or not your weight is changing because you’ll be looking better!

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    Beth - November 27, 2011
    1. Is it silly that after only 2 sessions I feel thinner? Heh-heh. 🙂

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      Pam - December 1, 2011
  2. How is it the human body can be so damn hard to figure out? Glad to hear you are serious about giving it a shot. I don’t know much about fitness (as you are well aware) but I do know I’ve heard strength training is supposed to be very important. Also variety in workouts is supposed to be effective I believe? (Don’t take my word on that one though)

    By the way, nice sunset!

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    Dan - November 28, 2011
    1. Thanks! 🙂

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      Pam - December 1, 2011
  3. I have had a similar plateau so I can understand completely. Although, I managed to lose ten pounds during Thanksgiving week, so that was very, very odd. I was sick a lot, so that might be a part of it. Either way, I’ll take it!

    More power to you my fitness buddy! I’m exceptionally proud of the progress you are making and the strides you have made. It inspires those like me that are still trying to get into a routine. 🙂 <3

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    Elizabeth - November 29, 2011
    1. 10 pounds during thanksgiving week is pretty impressive but I hope you do feel better soon!

      It makes me really happy to hear “inspire” anywhere near my name, so I appreciate that more than you know. Looking forward to reading more about your journey. 🙂

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      Pam - December 1, 2011
  4. STRENGTH TRAINING! You will love it. It is my addiction. This is a great read http://www.simplyshredded.com/the-ultimate-female-training-guide.html

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    Ashley - November 29, 2011
    1. Thanks for the link, Ashley! I am loving it so far despite the pain but it will get better! 😀

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      Pam - December 1, 2011

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