Really I should have just called this the Doing Whatever I Want Experiment. It was fun. Truly. After the Primal Debacle, I needed a bit of a break so, to paraphrase Adam Sandler (which every self-respecting blogger must do at least once a year – it’s a rule somewhere), I went back to my home.
To refresh your memory, this month’s experiment consisted of lots o’ cardio (5 days of running), two days of full-body weight lifting, pilates, yoga, hip-hop, Zumba, spin and whatever else I felt like throwing in.
Hmm… the pros of doing whatever I want? Well, I enjoyed myself which in and of itself made it worth it. The other thing I was looking for, if you recall, was to de-bulk my thighs. I gained two inches on each leg during June/July on CrossFit. Yeah, yeah, girls can’t bulk out blah, blah, blah. But the truth is that girls can get bigger than they like. One of you astute commenters pointed out that it would be highly unlikely for anyone to gain 2 inches of muscle in that time frame. And of course you are correct. I do think a lot of it was fat.
I was surprised by how sore running made me, not having done a lot of it for several months, which also lends credence to the fat-not-muscle theory. This was a strange thought for me though since CrossFit does such an awesome job of building my upper body, it doesn’t make a lot of sense that it would do the opposite for my lower body. Any of you CrossFitters have any ideas on why this was?
Back to my thighs – I lost a half inch on each leg doing all my running. I didn’t debulk (shut UP spell check, I know it isn’t a word.) as much as I’d hoped but I’ll take the half inch.
The other pros involved getting to enjoy the outdoors more and mixing up my weight routine more than what CrossFit allows.
Oh. My. Shins. People. After reading the previous few paragraphs, one might say, “Well Charlotte, if you are so happy, why not just stick with it?” Because if it were up to me I would do cardio until all my bones shattered and I’d be left a pile of formless goo. Not exactly the look I’m going for, you know?
A year ago exactly I started the Great Fitness Experiment because I got a stress fracture in my right shin from too many high-impact activities. That experience has led to a year of totally entertaining Experiments but I have not forgotten the original lesson I learned: too much cardio hurts me.
I also learned that when left to my own devices I probably exercise too much. I ended up dong a lot of double workouts. We already know I’m thisclose to being a compulsive exerciser so not having a set plan was probably a con. Although I loved it. Which makes it even sicker, doesn’t it? Don’t answer that.
Weight: -2 lbs (yay! although you’d think it would have been more given how much we worked out.)
Arm: -1 in
Waist: -1 in
Hips: no change (what up, hips?!?)
Thigh: – 1/2 in
Calf: +1/2 in
I might as well be Veruca from Charlie and the Chocolate factory because doing what I want is fabulous. Love it. I had a great August. Gym Buddy Allison, when asked for her comments about August, said simply, “Yeah, what you said.” So I’m ready to try something new. How about you guys?
September’s Great Fitness Experiment will be…. KETTLEBELLS! More details tomorrow:) Have a great holiday if you’re in the States!