And they don't give you a muffin top or make it hard to breathe. Just a public service announcement.
I'm realizing how easy it is to carry extra pounds, because I worked out yesterday and according to my Fit I still only burned about 2150 calories all day. I'm a large person with a two story house I'm running up and down all day. Don't even have a desk job. Yikes.
Yesterday I worked out, as follows:
--5 min elliptical, which my Fit only registered as two minutes. Witch.
--15 reps X 4 sets of Cuban Dumbbell Snatches, which I stole from Lori on Finding Radiance-- instead of shoulder raises or presses or whatever they are, because I heart whole body exercises, plus I love the name.
--15 reps X 4 sets triceps extensions
--bunches of crunches
--5 more minutes elliptical
I also ate more or less clean if you don't count two spoonfuls of my daughters' Ben & Jerry's, left over from Cheat Day. Wasn't hungry until noon, I expect I filled my glycogen stores for the next 12 months at the fondue restaurant.
I got to the gym First Thing this morning which I suspect is going to be the way to do it. Tried exercising on an empty tum, as I was listening to a podcast the other day which advised this (well, they recommended 2 c of black coffee, but I'm not doing that). They also recommended not eating carbohydrates three hours before or after your workout, and drinking 1 oz of water for each pound of bodyweight. They say it Really Works, and I'm sure it does, but I'm not doing that, either. They made the former recommendation as a way of discouraging insulin and promoting growth hormone. That's why Jillian Michaels recommends no carbs before bed, which is not too hard for me, mostly, if you don't count spoonfuls of other people's Ben & Jerry's. No-carbs-before-bed helped me break my plateau. But I am looking for sustainability and at this point I am not motivated enough to relegate carbohydrates to a three hour window in the middle of the day.
Hope my blogosphere buddies are having a brilliant Monday.