In my efforts to kick bootay (my own) and win at both my DietBet AND my health, I read a book I found laying around.? Confession: a book I bought with great intentions last fall and never read.? And never even opened.? I allowed it, along with my fitness goals, to get lost in the shuffle and busy that became my life.? AKA, the move.? Treadmill?? Yeah, I wasn’t anywhere near that sucker back then.? Stepping away was really NOT such an issue.? But now? That’s another story.? Introducing The New Rules of Lifting for Women: Lift Like a Man, Look Like a Goddess.
I love rules.? Hey, I’m pretty much a rule follower by nature so clearly this is just what I need.? I read through this book today quickly and LOVE what I’m seeing.? It includes a comprehensive diet plan- an entire section devoted to nutrition.? One of my HUGE hurdles is fueling properly and this section will be open and ready to use as a guide for months to come.? As expected by the title, it also includes a section fully covering weight lifting dos and don’ts.
However, I’ll admit, chapter 3 stopped me cold.
What the what?!? She can’t be serious… does she not know me at all?? I love my treadmill.? I am deeply committed to Old Betsy since she lives in the air conditioning (and I love air conditioning) and has a HUGE TV at her crib. ? There’s no way I can break up with her.? No. Way.
Keep reading… and… oohhhhh… well, then, this makes sense.
She’s talking about cardio in general.? In other words, you want to lose fat?? You can’t just run.? But if you DO run, you can’t just run at a steady state.? Holla intervals!
Wait- Shenanigans, aren’t you trying to get away from intervals though?? I thought I read something about that when you were whining talking about how hard running 5 minutes straight can be.?
Why yes, yes I am.? And the authors, Cassandra and Alwyn, (we are all three going to be BFFs by the time this is over so I’m just going to start with the first names) explain how I can have it all.? They have a plan and I’m digging it.? It’s new rule #10.
Basically, what they are saying is if you like running and want to run long, that’s cool. You can totes do it.? But it’s not THE path to weight loss and shouldn’t be all you do.
And like that- the light bulb goes off.
Ohhhhhh… so that’s why after running 12 half marathons I still weigh way more than what you’d think someone who’s run consistently since 2007 should weigh.
New plan based on my new rules when it comes to running is formed.
I am still going to work on the C25K as planned, but I’m going to do the suggested intervals first at 1:2 (1 minute hard, 2 minutes recovery.)? Then I’ll push play on the C25K app that I’m currently following.? Will it take more time?? Sure.? But will it be worth it?? I think so.
I stepped my workouts up today and not only ran, but also completed the first workout in the book.? I loved it.? I love how powerful and strong weight lifting makes me feel.? And, yeah, that’s with my weenie 8 pounders.? You can make fun of me, it’s all good.? Just imagine how bad ass I’ll feel when I’m stepping up to the 20 pound dumb bells and – whoa – mind blown here- have to hit the gym again to use the bar bells and big girl weights.? It’s going to be an interesting summer, y’all!
Tell me about your fitness plans.? Are you incorporating weight lifting into your cross training or fitness plans?? If you are a runner, what do you do on your cross training days?
Patty Holliday is a Marvel loving, Disney obsessed wife, and mother of four. She’s a travel agent specializing in Disney & Universal vacations- and loves a candid confession. Find her in Virginia (or anywhere frequent flyer miles or her trusty minivan takes her.)