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5 Weeks And Going Strong

unnamedThis passed friday marked the completion of my fifth week going to the gym. I have lost a total of 11 pounds. I am looking forward to getting back in there tomorrow.

I was having trouble at first with soreness because I was working complete upper body one day, and lower body, alternatively every other day. I was sore enough to want to give up.

Now I go 5 days a week, and I work only 1 muscle group each day. I have the body divided up like this:

Monday, shoulders, plus 30 minute of cardio (usually the elliptical machine).
Teusday, back, plus 30 minutes of cardio
Wednesday, chest, 30 minutes of cardio, and ab crunches.
Thrusday, arms, 30 minutes of cardio, and ab crunches.
Friday, legs, 30 minutes of cardio, and ab crunches.

This schedule allows plenty of time for the muscles to heal, and when each a muscle group comes up on their scheduled day, they are fully rested and stronger than the week before.

Using myfitnesspal to keep track of everything is making it easy, especially tracking of foods, calories and nutrition. I was able to quickly figure out what not to eat and replace those bad foods with proper nutrient filled foods, and proper serving sizes (for the most part).

I’m not on any particulare diet. I am just watching what I eat, how much I eat, and recording everything. This seems to be working so far, though I think I need to pay closer attention to when I am eating. I am not going hungry. I am eating about 4-5 small meals per day. Also drinking plenty of water.

Many of my normal aches and pains have become considerably less, even my lower back, which has hurt since my back surgery in January 2010. My neck also seems to be feeling better.

Right now I am excited and confident I will reach my goal weight, no matter how long it takes.

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Was a music major. Spent 20 years in the Navy Band Program. Lived in in Florida 10 years. Have been in SC for 6 years.

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