Sunday, June 7, 2009

Four Fs to Losing Four Fast Pounds - Update #2

I'm a week into my program with personal trainer Sharon Davis and I feel great! Although I didn't lose any weight in the last three days, I've officially lost 2.5 pounds this week. The main change I've made to my diet is to cut back on the junk food and make sure I'm eating enough of the healthy stuff. I'm actually eating a lot of food. Sharon isn't a proponent of counting calories, but I've been in the 1700-1800 range each day.

Also, I've been exercising, both with Sharon and on my own. I really believe interval training has helped me rev up my metabolism. I've been run/walking - I alternate running and jogging for a total of 25-30 minutes. It goes by fast.

Check out this one minute video, where Sharon demonstrates some excellent exercises that combine cardio and strength training. I'll weigh in next week when hopefully I'll be close to my goal of losing four pounds!


Meg said...

Very inspiring Marjie! I'm heading down to my basement to try those ball-balance-chest-presses. Wow! If you have the inclination, can you ask Sharon a question: crunches/sit-ups/ they help get rid of belly fat or not?

Marjie Killeen said...

Meg, here's what Sharon says about crunches:

Hi- Great question!
From what I understand in my studies/obsession with training & weight loss (and countless crunches I do personally), a person cannont spot reduce. In other words, no amount of crunches are going to give someone 6 pack abs if they are "hiding" them beneath fat. They can and will gain strength but not spot reduce. Weight loss through cardio is the answer. If there is weight loss and there is no muscle to take up the space where the fat once was, we get the saggy, hanging flesh syndrome. Women should think about weight training for reasons other than aesthetic too. Weight training helps maintain bone density which is lost through age and menopause and helps keep us standing tall vs. our hunched over grandparents.
Hope that helps.