Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Last day of Week 3...

I'm just home from my end of week 3 weigh in and this week I'm down another 2.5 pounds,   making my total weight loss approximately 11 pounds.  Although I'm not losing as fast as I (or Dr. S) would like, at least I'm losing.  Today we are cutting back the number of servings I have per day from 7 to 6.  This is good news too!

I learned a great deal at today's group.  Did you know that exercise, while good for your heart and overall well-being, isn't a key factor in weight loss?  That explains a LOT, as I used to exercise like mad doing cardio and weight training with a personal trainer and NEVER lost anything.  Instead, the key to weight loss is all in your diet.  Change your diet and you'll lose weight.  Add exercise to that, and you'll lose more.  However, the key is your diet.  Interesting.

In addition, something I knew, but it was good to hear again, weight training is more important in weight loss than cardio.  When you weight train, you increase your metabolism for not only the time you're working out, but for a total of three (yes 3!!!) days.  Therefore, it's best to have a few days between strength training sessions.

So, if you have your diet right, do weight training at least twice a week, and slip some cardio in there for fun, things should start happening.  :)

Also, I was feeling down about having lost "only" 11 pounds so far.  Then Dr. S pulled out the mock 5 lb of fat model he has.  Holy smokes, I've lost over 2 of those!  It made a huge impression.  I'm not so "blah" about 11 pounds any longer!


  1. OMG 11 pounds in three weeks? Try doing that on Weight Watchers or Jenny Craig! That is great progress!! You go, girl!

  2. On five shakes, I am not allowed to do weight training. The exercise consultant tells us that we are not taking in enough calories to create new muscle and will only harm our existing muscles.