The Invincible M.A.E. (harleymae) wrote,
The Invincible M.A.E.

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Lose weight doing absolutely nothing!

I haven't been going to the gym the past week because I had a sore throat/earache and my doctor scared me when I was young about how if you exercise hard the virus gets through your bloodstream to your heart and attacks your heart muscles and you die. Or something to that effect. :P

I went to weigh myself in the locker room - I have a scale at home but it was like $5 from IKEA and is wildly inaccurate, although flattering - and got a bit of a surprise. See...

(starting 3 weeks)
MAE: *works out 3 times a week, lifting weights and doing cardiovascular exercise*
MAE: *gains one pound*

(past week)
MAE: *sits on ass watching TV*
MAE: *loses three pounds*

Not only that, I was stronger, or at least felt the same when I did my resistance training, and the cardiovascular exercise was noticeably easier. (Interval training is really cool for the treadmill--I went for a sustainable pace at 3 mins, fast for 1 min, slowish for 1 min, and repeated the sequence, so cardio wasn't boring and I could go longer overall)

I have no idea why this would be. Maybe the fitness fairy paid me a visit one night. Maybe my muscles needed the extra time to heal? Or maybe I should just sit on my ass and watch TV. *ponders* I know my diet was the same, so that's a constant. Maybe it's one of those "women's cycle" things that affects like, water retention or whatever. :P

I also read in Shape magazine that it's tough for women to gain muscle. Adding just one pound of muscle would take some really intensive working out. So I guess my whole "gaining muscle is responsible for my weight gain" thing was wrong.

They were giving out free samples of C2, the new Coke drink, at Safeway today so I tried some. It's still got the Nutrasweet aftertaste going. Yuck. I wonder why the hell they would use three different types of artificial sweeteners in it. (Nutrasweet, Splenda and, uhh... saccharine is the third?) Doesn't that guarantee the greatest number of people who would dismiss it on the basis of allergies/taste? The thing I like about it is that it does have sugar in it, so it tastes more balanced. If it was just half Splenda half sugar then I'd always get it instead of Coke.

Like the Jamba Juice "enlightened" smoothies. I've just had the Mango Mantra flavour, but I like it a lot. The dairy base component has Splenda in it, but there's also natural sugar from the orange juice in it. Tastes really good and not too sweet, like most of their regular flavours.

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