Joined: Jan 12
Posted: 26 Jun 2013, 15:31
Well I made it down to about 180 maybe even 175 but took a vacation this past weekend and now i'm back up to 185... A little bit of a set back but that's not my biggest concern at the moment.
Before my vacation I hit that wall again where I couldn't lose anymore. I went at least a month working my ass off with no progress. I know what the problem is, I am still doing the same workouts (running, walking up-hill, a few body weight/calisthenics, and occasionally the elliptical). My body is accustomed to running distances now so it's hardly a workout for me anymore. Last week I ran 7 miles in 65 minutes; the machine told me I burned around 1000 calories but I doubt it was anywhere near that much because I had only consumed maybe 1500 that day. I did similar workouts/diets all week and didn't see any progress. Running has done me well for the past year because I lost about 40 pounds by just increasing the speed/intensity of my run over time but I don't think I can increase it anymore without risking injuries (I run around 6.8mph to 7.2mph for the majority of the time now). This would be great if my goal was to run a marathon but my goals here are weight loss (so I can look great), being as healthy as possible, and a little muscle gain.
I've known for a while that I need some variety in my workouts but I'm not one who jumps into new things quickly. I did however start weight training last week. I just did some of each machine until that part of my body felt tired/worked. What would be the best schedule for me for doing weight training; Should I alternate cardio and weights each day or should I do half and half everyday? Should I continue running? I was running 4 to 6 days a week which is more than what I think is usually recommended but I sit at a desk all day 5 days a week for work so I needed something to release energy. Any suggestions would be appreciated.