I downloaded the fitness e-book that Mark offers. I was surprised to see that the strength exercises he recommends are a lot of the same ones we do in the core fitness class I have been taking. I guess I'm on the right track.
Yesterday there was a different person teaching the class. She did different exercises. I thought it all felt too easy. Didn't feel like it was doing anything. But today every muscle in my back and stomach are sore. Guess it did something after all.
On a somewhat related note, I notice that if I hold my stomach in, my abs flex and I can see a nice line going down each side of my stomach. However, if I just relax, my stomach sticks way out. When you measure or assess yourself, is it based on holding in your gut and flexing those abs or is it based on the default stomach sticking out? Ha ha. I try to take all my pictures with my stomach relaxed, figuring that's closer to what I really look like.
Ate two sweet potatos at dinner yesterday. The boyfriend, bless his heart, thought I would like potatoes to go with my burrito innards since I don't eat tortillas. How sweet! I only needed one potato but ate them both. They are really extra tasty for some reason. I wonder what makes them different. They are almost too good, some kind of easy to overeat quality exists within them. They're small and from Trader Joes and look like yams, but the package called them sweet potatoes. They're orange on the inside.
Female, 5'3", 48, Starting weight: 163lbs. Current weight: 135.
Starting bench press: 30lbs. Current bench press: 75lbs.