Monday, March 5, 2012

Hey, it's me again...

I'm a stranger to my own blog…. How sad is that?
Left the damn thing high and dry without any rhyme or reason.
I didn't even check in to say happy Valentine's Day either.  
I can't even boast that I've been busy doing super cool things like traveling the world or meeting A-list celebrities on the red carpet.

In all honesty, I've been a slave to my job: chained to my desk and locked up in my cube.
I do get out occasionally, though. I'm actually on my second week of The New Rules of Lifting for Women.
Remember when I said that I'd tell you all about it? Vaguely? Yeah, that's what I thought..

Well, I'm on my second week of said workout and I feel……… fat. 
(Seriously, I have gained weight, but I can't blame it solely on New Rules)
The schedule is different from what I'm used to, so I'm trying to adjust to it all, but it's not easy.
Here's a quick breakdown..

The New Rules Workout is only 3 days/week with light/restorative workouts on rest days.
I can't complain with a yoga class every other day.

It uses a high protein diet.
I'm somehow supposed to consume around 100 grams of protein in one day. I'm not big on counting my grams or anything, but that sounds like a lot to me.
And the book gives almost no nutritional guidance on obtaining the holy 100g status for vegetarians except for a couple measly lines directing non-meat eaters towards "soy proteins" like tofu and seitan.
Sadly, I'm not a huge fan of that stuff.  I like my veggies.

In stage one, it's all weights, no cardio.
I hardly sweat!
I miss my long, lost friend, HIIT, I miss sweating (is that gross?), I miss huffin and puffin on Mr. Treadmill.

It's super quick.
One workout has 1 warm up and 5 exercises with 2-3 reps.
I honestly can't complain about this. I tried to think of a reason why I want to spend more time at the gym, but I can't. It's quick and it's simple: I'm in and out of the gym in probably 30-40 minutes (counting locker room time, too, people).

Overall, I'm skeptical.
Maybe this just ain't for me?
Maybe I should've put the book down and dismissed the whole thing after I read the nutrition section?
There's this small, rule-following voice in my ear telling me that I won't get the "desired results" if I don't follow The Plan exactly how I'm supposed to (protein!), but I refuse to break my vegetarian ways just for a stupid book.
But, I also don't want to be so quick to quit, so I'm gonna give it at least two months and try my daily best for the 100g club.
(Okay, maybe less than two months, I'm in a friend's wedding in June. Perfect timing, right? Sorry Miss Seamstress, I just gained a couple LBs because I'm following this stupid workout, can you actually let the dress out instead of taking it in?).

I'll keep you updated on my progress!