Over winter break, I was going through some old paperwork I had saved in a drawer. I wanted to get organized. Guess what I found? The very first training plan that was designed for me by JK-L- the trainer who changed my life!
It was fun to see what I was up to in the weight room when I first started in June, 2012 and compare it to what I do these days!
Dumbbell Lat Row
Bench Press (Smith Machine)
Then- the bar (15lb)
(I know I am not breaking any records here with my lifting, but as you can see
there is a huge improvement from where I started, and that's
what I measure myself against... not what others can do!)
If you haven't read My Fitness Journey Part 1 and My Fitness Journey Part II, check them out. But the Cliff Notes version is.... I was doing 2 hours of cardio a day, not eating enough calories, doing no weight training (for shame!!!), and not eating enough protein.
This is the body 2 hours of cardio/1,500 calories of carbs a day will give you:
I'm not saying I looked horrible, but I was working out way too much to not have the body, strength, and speed I desired. What I was doing was not working for me. I was not working out correctly. I valued quantity over quality and that is a recipe for disaster!
Let's fast forward to ....
After 5 months of weight training
After 13 months of weight training
After 14 months of weight training
31 years old and rockin' the shorty-shorts.
When I see girls in these shorts, I whisper to my husband, "She forgot to put pants on today."
But apparently when I wear them, it's okay!
PS. I only lost about 5lbs between the first
picture and the last picture.
I realize I'm not going to be on a fitspiration poster anytime soon, but it's a VAST improvement from how I started. I am not posting these pictures to boast and say "Look at me now!!!". I am posting them to show you that if you are training the right way and eating the right way you can get the results you desire. I workout HALF us much as I used to and eat 500-700 more calories than I used to. Yes, I am glad some of my results are aesthetic. I would be full of shit if I did not admit that. BUT I am also glad to have performance results- I am stronger and faster than I used to be. Before, I was run down and tired.
The point of this post: If something is not working for you, CHANGE IT!!! They say insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. If you're not getting the results you want, educate yourself and CHANGE your approach.
Are you a runner who weight trains? How has it helped your running?
I got stronger, faster, and leaner.
If you don't weight train, what is holding you back from trying it?
I thought I would get fat if I took time off from running. I thought weight training was boring and I thought I wouldn't see any results. (I had tried before in college but didn't see results... probably because I wasn't doing it right!)