Hi, my name's Tracy and I've been lurking for a good while now. This seems like a really good, positive, and supportive messageboard that I'd like to get in on. I've read so much helpful information!
I started lifting May of 2002 following the BFL format. I worked very well for me and I lost only a few pounds but dropped 2 pant sizes. It did wonders for shaping my body. I kept with it until Christmas and well, you know what happened. Then in January I moved to South Korea. I immediately enrolled at a gym but I have to admit, had a hard time going due to job exhaustion. I teach English to children and was just plain too tired from planning, grading, and such. Plus I love trying new foods here. So by mid-April my clothes were getting pretty tight and I was fed up with myself. We bought an ellipitical machine and I made out an exercise calendar. Everyday I check off that I completed my workout. I'm proud to say, I only missed one workout the whole month of May and that was during report cards.
My gym membership ran out and I instead bought free weights, a bench, and an EZ bar to use at home rather than renewing my membership. At least at home I can listen to music of my choice or watch the news, I don't have a problem staying motivated working out at home. This morning was my first session at home, I did DB lunges instead of lying leg curls like I would at the gym, I am feeling it this afternoon. Ouch!! Despite the pain, it went well.
A litle info about my body, I weight 64kg, about 139 or 140 pounds. I'm 5' 5 1/2" (that half inch counts a lot for short girls!) and have a medium build. Since I've been seriously working out again, I've gained some of my upper body definition back. Actually I'm pretty happy with my upper body, it's my lower body that I'm not happy with. My quads are not that strong, but I've got good, strong calves. I carry my fat on my hips, rear, and top half of my thighs.
I eat pretty well, 5 or 6 meals that include tuna, chicken breast, egg whites, and tofu. For carbs I eat rice (go figure, in Korea!), buckwheat noodles, brown rice, and bananas. I opened an account on fitday.com but can't figure out how to enter an egg white omlette. Can you help? I see the raw egg whites and the hard boiled egg whites, but I can't figure out how to enter no fat added, scrambled egg whites. Any info can can provide would be greatly appreciated.
Well, I think I've told you everything, short of my blood type, eye color, etc. I'm completely open to suggestions regarding diet and exercise. Oh, I forgot to include my workout schedule. This is typical of what I do while alternating the LB and UB days.
Monday Lower body (quads, hams, calves)
Tuesday Ellipitical for 35 minutes
Wednesday Upper body (chest, shoulder, back, tri, bi)
Thursday Ellipitical for 35 minutes
Friday Lower body
Saturday mini-upper body (shoulder, tri, bi)
ellipitical for 30 minutes
Tomorrow's picture day so I'll post something later. Thanks for reading and passing on any pearls of wisdom you may have.