Intro of a re-blog by Patricia Feager for SOME BODY on ActiveRain who everyone loves♥, admires, and respects, our very own AR member Barbara Todaro!
If you have been reading Barbara's blog posts for awhile, you will identify Barbara with a woman of strength, courage, and tenacity. During the month of January, she dedicated the month to our dearly beloved Lou Ludwig. She did a great job keeping Lou in our memory. This morning I read an article and I immediately thought of Barbara. In the re-blog, Barbara shows us what focus, setting goals, and determination can do for the human body. Barbara didn't always look like the photo in her blog. Like many people, she had to challenge herself, problem solve, and figure out a plan to get to where she is today. You might also be interested in reading what the article had to say about the brain and challenging yourself to solving existing problems:
Good Health and Physical Fitness are the top challenges in 2018 for a very large sector of this country. I think there are many on ActiveRain who are ready to get healthy, also. Everyone’s clock is ticking. Eating properly and exercising consistently will shed the pounds. Weight training or resistance training will replace fat with lean muscle. The result will be a shapely body with no excess fat and good definition. The only fat anyone needs is around their organs.
Accomplishing good health begins in the kitchen. Adjust your daily menu. Begin with reducing your calorie intake to 1,200-1,400 calories/day for females. Eliminate grain and dairy. Fresh fruit, fresh veggies and lean meat are ideal. Fat will come from 12 almonds a day. Drink water. The rule of thumb is to drink half your body weight in ounces of water.
I weigh 130-135 pounds so I drink eight 8 ounce glasses a day. Join a gym that has resistance ropes, strength training machines and cables plus a track. Meet with a trainer for 3 sessions just to create a routine that you can work on every day and alternate the muscle groups.
Back and biceps one day; pecs and triceps another day: legs and glutes a third day; cardio a fourth day; abs another day; one day for resistance ropes (like Tom Brady uses)….one day off. Always work a large muscle group with a small muscle group.
HIRE A TRAINER FOR A FEW SESSIONS TO PREPARE A ROUTINE FOR YOU. The YMCA has trainers. They get $50/hour. I’ve had a trainer for over 2 years. Now we do concentrated workouts. That means I work the same muscle group 3 days a week and increase the weights and/or the number of repetitions of each routine with every workout. I’m doing over 100 pounds on most machines. I do the stack (390 pounds) with my legs. The increases are 2.5 pounds at a time, and there are times that it takes weeks to do 10 reps with the higher weight.
Eventually you will be doing deadlifts with just the 45 pound bar and adding plates as you increase your training weights on the machines. It’s a process. It’s addictive. It’s energizing. It improves your self- confidence (especially since you’re working out in the “testosterone” section of the gym.) There are men who are amazed when they see a woman lifting, pulling and pushing as much as they can do and sometimes more. They’re always helpful, and they get to know you. You’ll become one of the regulars.
It is a great way to clear your head and focus on nothing but you. It’s imperative to do that to avoid getting hurt. Strength training requires discipline and focus. You need to commit to doing it, and when you participate, you must focus.
Before I do a routine I picture the motions of good form in my head. Then I do the routine, and voila, I own it!!!! Strength training will remove fat and replace it with lean muscle. It will change the shape of your body. You won’t believe how happy you’ll be with the results.
This is my passion, and I just shared the basics with you. I hope it’s helpful. My daughter, Tammy, is being trained by me and is now a size 6 after 10 weeks of my routines. She feels like a new person, and she looks incredible. She also tells everyone who notices her new body that her mother kicks her ass in the gym!!!
Good luck in 2018 with your efforts….
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