Here are my workouts for this week:
Monday: Xtend Barre
Tuesday: Ran 25 minutes, walked 10
Wednesday: Butts and Guts class (intense strength training with kettlebells and lots of ab work)
Thursday: Spin class, 50 minutes
Friday: Ran 30 minutes, walked 20
Saturday: Pilates Circuit class
Today swim practice is cancelled. I think I'm going to do a run in the evening. I should have enough light left after the family activities wrap up. I will at least do a longer walk.
This was my first week back to a normal exercise schedule. My eye is still bothering me a little, but I'm not sick anymore. I also had a package of classes to use up at one of my gyms. I started taking Xtend Barre on Mondays and Butts and Guts on Wednesdays, in addition to my Pilates Circuit on Saturdays. This means that for the first time in a long while, I'm taking strength-oriented classes. They work my body in different ways too. Xtend Barre uses only body weight, but all the tiny little movements exhaust the muscle completely. Butts and Guts is intense and high-rep, and really beats me up. Pilates Circuit is more moderate -- we do one-minute segments of exercises on different stations and then follow it up with lots of ab work.
That means I'm sore. Very, very sore. And the soreness means my muscles are retaining water. I can see from the graphs that I generate with FatWatch that my weight took a quick bump up after my hard strength workout on Wednesday, but my body fat weight did not increase. The little diamonds on the graph are the actual data points, and the graph is a rolling average of those points.
|Graph of body weight for the last month|
|Graph of body fat weight for the last month|
I am a little worried that this phenomenon might mess up my DietBet, but I am hoping that by the third week, I won't be as intensely sore. I also have plenty of room to reduce calories -- I am going to need to do something.
Once my package of classes is used up, I want to continue doing strength at least two days a week -- I will stick with Pilates Circuit but I'm not sure I want to spend the money on the other classes. I still have the book on SuperSlow weight training that I bought back in February, so I am going to give that a try.