Many Deep Brain-Things in my Head

12Aug08

On the title – that lemur king is the only reason to watch Madagascar.

Anyway, quick update on the knee. I went for a walk yesterday afternoon. Just a walk, I swear, and I avoided steep stairs or hills. Despite being as gentle as I could with it, halfway through the walk (halfway because when it started to hurt, I turned our walk-happy butts around to head back home) my knee began to twinge with every step.

*aggravated sigh*

So no gentle walking for me. The pain with each step continued through the evening, and started up again on about step 5 this morning. Why step 5? Obviously it’s because steps 1-4 were intended to give me a false sense of hope.

My knee is not a very nice person.

So I was cranky this morning and I burned the canadian bacon. Bah. A quick ice pack (and by ice pack I mean bag of frozen corn) and a pair of ibuprofin later, and I could walk without wincing.

I could do without the flight of stairs between me and the bathroom at work, let me tell you. It’s irritating enough when I’m just worried about my bladder exploding. Feeling geriatric when I use the stairs doesn’t exactly help.

Anyway, I think that although the elliptical was a good suggestion, I’ve pretty much proven that it’s probably going to be a very bad idea. I’m just gonna have to suck it up and lose a week or two in my weight loss. I’ll try not to gain much back while I have to avoid the running, but I’m mentally prepared to go back over the same ground again. Knees do not heal well. Pushing it now to save me a tiny bit of extra effort is totally not worth it.

Right, so anyway, the real point of this post is to say that I’ve been looking at information and trying to figure out what is true and what is myth.

I’ve read that you can’t bulk up (muscle) the same time as you lose weight (cardio). The recommendations I’ve read say to cardio till you hit your goal, then do the weight lifting to build muscle.

Is that…true? I mean, on one hand it sounds logical – tackle one problem at a time, and by the time you start the weight routines, you’ll be fitter and have more stamina.

But does it really matter? Aside from muscle weighing more than fat, and thus your scale lying to you about whether you’re actually losing “weight” or not.

From what I have personally experienced, eating better tastes hella better, but if I really want to lose weight, I need to exercise. Eating well stabilizes me – I stop gaining. But the exercise is where the weight shedding happens.

I don’t think that the kind of weight-shedding I still need to do can be accomplished with pushups, weights, and crunches.

So! Myth or fact?

1) You should not mix cardio and weights while you are on a weight-loss campaign.

2) You will experience true weight loss only when doing cardio.

Bearing in mind that I won’t take the answer as “well, I guess I only need to do cardio!” because I’m not that narrow-minded. I don’t want to be skinny, I want to be healthy and strong. I’ll need non-cardio to accomplish that goal.

Personally, I think number 1 is bunk. I think it’s a useful myth, because it allows people to focus. Kind of like saying that you shouldn’t work out in the morning. It’s not because it’s a bad time to work out, it’s because most people don’t actually have the sticktuitiveness to get up and get the exercising done.

As to number 2 – I believe that one.

Am I wrong? Right? Left? Sideways?

On another note, sharing recipes with your friends is fun, especially when they know how to make really good “mmMMMmMmM”ing sounds. Think What About Bob – that’s what I’m talkin about.

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5 Responses to “Many Deep Brain-Things in my Head”

  1. “My knee is not a very nice person” …LOL!
    You know, some people lose weight eating their Lean Cuisines and slugging back Slimfasts while they’re watching tv. I think it all boils down to what works for YOU and what you’re up to doing…which can change from week to week IMHO.

  2. Ouch on the knee.

    On the cardio/weight loss thing, my understanding is that fat is burned when you get your heart rate up. Cardio gets your heart rate up, ergo the weight loss. I’m calling bull on the first point though – I’ve been doing weights and cardio throughout my journey and I’ve definitely burnt fat and built muscle. I just learnt to ignore the number on the scale for a long time until it started catching up with my activity.

    Perhaps others with more knowledge can chime in but IMO, anything that gets your heart rate up will contribute to weight loss.

    Good luck with the knee!

  3. @Karen
    True. And I’ve heard stories of people who can lose weight that way. I’ve never actually met someone who can, though (if that’s you, then hi! Now I’ve met someone!).

    You’re definitely spot on when you say it all boils down to what works for you.

    YMMV (your mileage may vary) is rapidly becoming my motto. You know…that, and “not in the face!”

    @gemfit
    I like how you put that, and it jives with where my brain’s headed.

    Thank you! <3

  4. 4 Deb

    Sorry about the knee. Hope you find some way to get some cardio in (swimming possible?)

    I lost 1/4 of my total body weight by combining cardio and weight training.

    I did 45 minutes of cardio 5 times a week, and I did weight training for an hour 3 times a week. I fell in love with freeweights during this time

    What my trianer explained to me: When you weight train, you damage muscle fibers which take time and energy to repair. When you do cardio (pure cardio).. you body will burn additional calories for about 2-4 hours longer. When you do weight training, your body will burn additional calories for 24-48 hours. Weight training will help you burn fat and lose weight.

    Push, my girl, push it.

  5. @Deb
    Ha! Myth debunked! Awesome, thanks so much!!

    *rolls up nonexistant sleeves and prepares to get those weights moving*


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