Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Happy Tuesday!

I have a new favorite song! Actually, I have a song that makes me feel about 15-years-old. It's called "All Black" by Good Charlotte and there's nothing I don't like about it. The lyrics are smart and clever. The vocals are great. The guitar is rich and lovely. The minor key resonates with the edgy part of me. And the bass line is to die for. Austin shared it with me yesterday, and I've listened to it, conservatively, like 20 times. And every time I get in my car, I'm excited because I get to hear my song! The song I loved before this was "Right Where you Want Me" by Jesse McCartney. Before that it was "In the Stone" by Earth, Wind & Fire. I know the infatuation won't last, but it sure is fun!

There's an interesting Q&A on Evelyne's blog from April 30. If you get a chance, go there and read her good question and lots of great input in the comments section. I did Cardio Coach this morning and pulled out an article I'd printed and not read yet from T Nation. It's by Alwyn Cosgrove, and it's titled "The Hierarchy of Fat Loss." (Perfect, huh?) It's a fantastic article that you can (and should) read yourself by clicking here. Here's what really stuck with me:

1. The two most important things for fat loss are proper nutrition and proper nutrition. Honestly, without fixing your diet (creating a calorie deficit, getting enough protein and fat) you can't really get the job done.

2. Metabolic resistance training is where it's at! That means full body weight training where your heart rate goes up and you're working hard. (Note from me -- this is how I train myself and my clients -- hooray!)

3. "Interval training is like putting your savings into a high return investment account. Low intensity aerobics is like hiding it under your mattress. Both will work, but the return you get is radically different."


Colette said...

Very good post! I've been doing all that except for the interval part...better get working on that ;)

I did read her blog and it's so good to see that so many are on the right track and know what they should be doing, for the most part. Your advice was perfect...as always ;)

Good Charlotte rocks! I've always liked them. Your like me...a little bit of everything. Enjoy your new found song ;)

KatieFeldmom said...

Thanks for the link to the article and for you valuable insight into it. Very much appreciated.

Brit-Man said...

Never heard of a bassline to die for ;-) ;-).

Now I do have a Canned Heat song, that has what I would call a "mellow Sax" part, and I'm not overly sold on Sax, it's an instrument I can take or leave. I think mostly when it's done in jazz stuff, I don't favour it, as I'm not a jazz man in all honesty.

Interval training is quality.

I have heard or read of plenty of occasions, when someone keeps running Treadmill, Steady State, something like level 4 every time, and it's the same running pace, and intensity, for 30-40 minutes every time, and they wonder why they don't lose more weight, because they eat Salads.

I swear some people believe Salads are a magical weight loss formula, like you can slightly vary them. There is no specific Salad formula, but as long as a meal passes the Salad Criteria or checklist, whatever that might be, you'll get in the fast lane to Slim City.

Oh and you must have at least 2 a day, to maximise the effect, otherwise you'll get some kind of Salad deficiency, and put weight back on.

Maybe dieticians should say there's 4 Macronutrients, Protein, Carbs, Fats and Salad.

Excuse my waffling.

I hope you're having a great day, and best wishes to you. You're doing great :-) :-).

oldLobo said...

I'm a big believer in interval training myself, but it should be noted that - just like a high return investment - the higher return comes with a higher risk.

Do intervals hard enough to get sore (and get the high return on your time and effort investment), but also do some low intensity work when you are recovering. Too many hard workouts will break you down.