As many of you probably remember, I've been doing strength training since losing the weight. I've learned so much in the past six months and I think I'm slowly starting to see results.
I had a personal trainer that taught me a lot of different exercises with free weights. She also had me doing pull ups, modified push ups, crunches, chest exercises, etc. Although I'm not an expert yet, I do think I'm starting to get some definition. I hope that any remaining skin on my belly is tightening. I know it takes time so I have to be patient. I would like to go to the beach without having to worry about loose skin around my belly. At least I don't have the huge beach ball of a belly I had just a year and a half ago.
I've gotten so much advice about protein from different people. Some posts ago, I mentioned the number of grams people recommend are all over the place. I think I found a pretty good balance. I have about 150 grams per day. I had to add a protein powder to my diet, which was another challenge.
I tried whey protein and found that I had all kinds of digestion problems and bloating. Finally someone recommended Whey Protein Isolate and all the stomach issues went away. The powder I use has 26 grams of protein per serving... great for after a tough workout. Whey protein is important to body builders as it is quick acting and goes directly to the muscles. My trainer told me to not wait longer than 30 minutes after a workout to have the shake.
I also eat plenty of protein at each meal. Quinoa is still a top choice for me... low in calories and tastes great. I also have turkey, chicken, spinach, beans and a wide variety of foods containing protein.
I'm practicing doing push ups, something I've never been able to do. As my strength increases, I should be able to do them no problem.
So that's where I'm at right now... still at the same weight and hoping to convert any remaining extra fat to muscle. I'll lte you know how it's going again soon!