Day 1 back since surgery

Today has been the first day back at the gym since my surgery on March 24. So almost 2 months later. I went early in the morning and it felt like I had never left. My workout was all upper body and inbetween exercises I walked the length of the gym, just to keep my heart rate up. I didn’t finish the workout as I had only 1hr.
I felt a bit weak, had to go down on some weights, but hey that happens when you have not worked out in over 7weeks.
My foot is doing ok. I wearing a compression sock now as I am opening a store on Saturday and I am standing a lot. I hit my step goal of 7500 steps every day. 😀 which makes me happy. The reason I wearing it is, beginning of last week, I had quiet a bit of swelling in my foot, especailly on the incision site. Which makes walking difficult.
I also noticed that after a day at work, I have to do lots of stretching and flexing and the incision hurts. There is still nerve damage that is healing, I hate the burning tingly sensation, but it is what it is. I am just glad I am able to workout again and life is good.

Happy Lifting

~Claudia

The Scale is not always you best bet…

So I have been thinking a bit today… I know that is dangerous, but I have seen so many things online and I have been approached on Instagram a couple of times now to become a Beachbody Coach, or a rep for this or a rep for that.

I don’t have any interest in that. I believe in my own success, because of my wonderful Trainer Gabriel from Holyfit in Austin. My great clean nutrition, which I believe is at least 80% of you success in your journey to a healthier you and of course the support of my friends and family.

Everybody is different, my metabolism is different from everybody else, so cookie cutter training and nutrition is not going to cut it. It took me just about 3 months to actually get to where I can drink 12 glasses of water a day. I eat between 1200-1500 calories a day, I try to hit my Macros, but I am still working on that. I don’t eat complex carbs ( fruits, pasta, grains) after 3pm. I don’t eat gluten or dairy. I kind of call myself a Carnivorous Vegan, yeah I know it’s an Oxymoron, but it’s pretty much what it is.
Also I work out a minimum of 5 days a week for at least 60mins. Actually this Monday I started to add 20mins of cardio after my workouts on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. My goal is to burn 500 minimum with each workout.

Just a little reminder, one lb. of fat has 3500 calories so if I wanna loose 2lb a week, I need to have a deficit of 7000calories each week. Which makes it 1000 calories a day. Sometimes I hit that sometimes I don’t, but the scale is not my enemy anymore. Yes I am down 23lb. Since November 1st.  But that is not what I measure my success on. My bodyfat went from 41.6% down to 35.9%. I lost almost 18″ all over (45cm) and 6″ of those are around my Umbilicus (belly button) alone. I am also down TWO pant sizes and XL T-Shirts fit comfortably again.

So yes the pounds on the scale are dwindling, but it’s not just that what makes my Journey.

So I really say take pictures, measure yourself and you be surprised…

And by the way a lb. of FAT weighs the same as a lb. of MUSCLE *WINK

An Open letter to the guy that gave me nasty looks at the gym today…

So I noticed before that some of the really buff guys give me these looks like “WTF are you doing at the gym?” I know the difference, cause I actually have talked to some of the “buff” guy and they are really nice and think it’s great that I am back in the gym and lift and am not normally intimidated by them.
But some guys you know, cause I smile at everybody at the gym, even if I am pouring sweat, I have a smile, cause you know what? I makes me feel good and the person I smile at as well. But then there are these guys that don’t smile back. They just give you that look. And I’ve gotten those looks even when I was a Trainer.

So this is a letter for the guy today that could not wait for me to be done with my Deadlifts…

Dear Buff Guy,

first off, I have been watching you the past couple of weeks, you and your girlfriend feeling entitled to just make yourself at home at the gym. You drop you bags whereever, using ab machines to keep you bag off the floor. Ever considered that other members might use those machines?
Also yeah I used the bar today to do my circuit and yes, it was only loaded with 20lb. (total of 65lb.) but that doesn’t give you the right to huff and puff next to me, cause your girlfriend can’t workout next to you. I may not look as buff and skinny as her, but you know what? I work just as hard and maybe even a little harder. I would love to see the two of you doing 15 Deadlifts, then 20 reverse lunges and 20 alternating Kettlebellswings. And do 4 sets of them. So yeah I am not going to rush thru my workout because you feel the need to give me nasty looks. Cause you know why? I am paying my membership dues just the same as you do. And thanks to the gym and coming 5 days a week for the past 2.5 months I am down 22lb.
So maybe be a bit more considerate, to members like me, cause I got a pretty thick skin, but other members might not and instead of scoffing at them give them a smile of encouragement. Cause it’s mostly likely that they will quit the gym because of people like you.

Sincerely,
Me