Lately I’ve felt squishier than normal. I can tell that I’ve lost some definition … and strength.
On Tuesday, training included an upper body circuit. It killed me. What happened to pumping out 100+ push ups?
For about 6 weeks, I’ve really scaled back on my weight training. Part of this is because I introduced endurance cardio twice a week (2+ hour bike rides, 8+ mile runs), and I don’t go to the gym on those days. The other reason I’ve slacked on the strength is because I’m lazy. My nightly routine used to include push ups and a bevy of core exercises, but it’s been ages.
Then, I confirmed another suspicion: I weighed myself a few times and realized I’ve gained a couple pounds. Not a huge deal, but I went from consistently weighing about 119 to hovering at 121.
It doesn’t seem like a lot — and I know it’s not — but it’s enough that I noticed a change in my midsection. Before, I would gain 10 pounds and not even notice. I was already flabby, so it didn’t faze me. Now though, I’m thin enough to make minor changes not so subtle.
This isn’t a complaint about gaining weight. At this point, I could care less what the scale says.
This is a reminder that I need strength training to feel and look my best.
I can burn all the calories I want, but it won’t matter if I avoid the weights.
Next week’s challenge will definitely be a strength-centric one. Any suggestions or words of wisdom?