This is funny! Really, no, really funny! If you know me you will laugh at this. I am laughing at myself, so it’s okay if you want to give a little giggle.
Yes, like with actual barbells
(i don’t know why I’m writing vertically!)
I know, I know…it’s always around this time of year when I suddenly feel the need to make a change. I envision the summer approaching (ever. so. slowly. by the way). And there’s this awful picture of me last year in Mexico with my white legs and I’m NOT tone – I just hate that picture. And I know maybe I shouldn’t be so vain but alas, in this regard, I pretty much am. So, I’ve signed on to Michael Matthews program.
Typically, this is also the time of year I decide to go vegan. I’ve done a variety of different vegan diets. My BFF and I generally do some sort of cleanse around this time of year too. We’ve done ayurvedic and Doterra cleanses. Oh, I did the Whole 30 last year too! (So, no, that was NOT vegan.) Most of my cleanses, however, center around the food I eat – generally, around the not eating of carbohydrates and sometimes also around not eating animals of any kind. Buuuut, Michael Matthews says that eating carbs is not the problem at all and that in fact, we NEED to eat carbs if we’re working out. It’s just that most people eat an insane number of carbs and DO NOT work out. Okay, so that makes me happy because I love bread and I’d like to continue consuming my bread.
My cleanses rarely – never, actually – include any fitness component. The Whole30 was okay. It might have been better if I’d worked out. I lost 5 lbs but that was mostly due to not drinking one ounce of wine the entire month. So, based upon my experience unless you do the work (work out/exercise – ideally, lift weights) you probably won’t get tone or lose weight. You need to get your body moving if you want to actually lose weight and/or tone up. And yes, you need to eat less food but you really don’t need to cut out an entire category of foods (like meat or carbs – unless, you are a vegan or a vegetarian and then you already do cut out meat, so good for you) in order to lose weight or get tone.
I’m hoping to keep you updated on this weightlifting regimen. I love that it includes a 12-month notebook. There is also a nutrition component (it involves protein of the meat variety, so decidedly not vegan). I’m using My Fitness Pal (both the Mac and iPhone app) to come up with meal plans and track my macros. I’ve been talking more with my BFF (she is a personal trainer btw) about weightlifting and she agrees with Matthews (and I guess every other fitness person who knows their stuff) that you can’t really get tone UNLESS you lift weights.
I’ll keep you updated.