Since I started with this diet, I’ve been exercising sporadically. No real routine, just when I felt like it and had a chance. Walking, biking, elliptical. Again, nothing consistent. In keeping with that, yesterday I met a friend at her gym and we took a class — a Pump class. Back at my old health club, we had a similar class called “Total Body Conditioning.” The bottom line is that this was a group aerobics class that focuses on lifting weights and doing other strength training — it was intense. Even my in-much-better-shape friend said she was afraid it would kick her butt.
I felt a little light headed now and then during the class. I finished my whole bottle of water and went out for a refill before it was all over. I had to modify much of it just to be safe and because I’m not nearly in good enough shape to do the standard class. But it was generally really good.
And today, I’m feeling really strong. I am aware of my muscles and I love it. I walk around and feel my leg muscles and want to jump up and down. I do boxing motions with my arms just to feel them move in an energetic fashion. I’d love to keep this feeling going. It’s really amazing how much of a mood elevator exercise can be.
Additionally, for the last week or so, I’ve really been noticing a worrying trend. My weight is going down, but so is my lean body mass. Percentage-wise, I actually gained fat in the past week. (See first chart below) In other words, I’m losing muscle — more muscle than fat. The overall trend is good, but, though I’ve lost close to 17 lbs, I’ve only gone down 1.3% in body fat. Not so good. (See second chart.) [Edit: I previously had said only 1.3 lbs, which isn't correct! Darn those numbers! In fact, I've lost 12.7 lbs of fat and 5 lbs of lean]
All this according to my body fat scale, which may or may not be accurate. It seems to make sense, though. And it seems to indicate it’s time to exercise regularly. Especially weight training.
Because it’s good for me, and it feels so good.