A year ago today, I went from being a cardio junkie to weight lifting obsessed. I was never one to "waste time" lifting weights, as I defined a "hard workout" as one that burned a ton of calories and had me drenched in sweat. I would go to the gym, wander around trying various pieces of weight equipment, and ultimately lose interest after about 5 minutes. So needless to say, it wasn't something I focused on. But last summer was a bit of a changing point- I was finally at my goal weight, but didn't feel good about my body. The number on the scale was reading less than I was before I had my two kids, but yet I couldn't fit into my pre-pregnancy clothes comfortably. I was honestly ready to throw in the towel and
just come to terms that this is what my post kid body was destined to look like... and it was depressing. This was last September, we were going to Mexico on a 9 day vacation the first week on October and I told myself that when we got back, I was going to try incorporating weight training before completely giving up on myself. I did NOT have a lot of faith in myself that I was actually going to do this..
As I've talked about in previous posts, I was working out a lot at home doing programs streamed from Beachbody On Demand, and some other services, and I was aware that a new program that incorporated HIIT Training, weights, and core work was being launched in October (LIIFT4 for those familiar with Beachbody). So I made a plan to start this after our trip. I bought the smallest weights possible - pairs of 2's, 5's and 8's, thinking that was going to be where I maxed out (like I said - I didn't think I'd follow through with the program). However, I finished the 8 week program not once, not twice, but 4 times back to back! Let me tell you, once I pushed myself and started seeing and feeling the results, there was no going back to just cardio.
One year after starting, I prefer lifting weights to cardio. No, I take that back. I need both. Daily. I lift weights every day. 4 days a week I lift heavy and the other 3 days, I do light weights (which are incorporated in the various programs that I do). I started barely being able to chest press my 8's and now I'm doing it with 30lb weights (and could probably go up to 35's), it's an amazing feeling.
The only negative is the scale. Muscle weighs more than fat, and that's a little hard on the eyes when you're used to weighing frequently. However I'm in a smaller size then I have ever been in and I feel great (and strong!). For peace of mind, I did purchase a body weight scale and it has seriously been a game changer, as I can look at other factors besides just weight. I have the Renpho Bluetooth Body Weight Scale from Amazon and it's amazing. It's cheap, accurate and syncs right to an app on your phone - here is the link to mine: https://amzn.to/31bxq2p (affiliate link). Let me know if you have any questions about it - I'll happily answer!
Long story short - LIFT WEIGHTS! Trust me. And please reach out to me for program suggestions, I've done a bunch and can totally help you find a great fit for your goals!