Here is another post I started 4-2-08. This is one year after starting the Zone and 80 lbs lost.http://www.zonediet.com/RESOURCES/F...fault.aspx
Well, just over 2 months in the gym and I have had some great results. I workout 5-6 times a week at the gym with some additional walking 1-3 times per week. My workouts are usually 15-20 minutes of weight training and 40-45 minutes of cardio. I mix it up a little by doing my weights in between 2 cardio sessions or start with weights then do nothing but cardio for the rest of the hour. I am in the gym at 5am Monday through Friday. I squeeze in an evening or weekend workout once in a while.
My cardio increase has been tremendous. I have more than doubled my distance in the same amount of time on the Stepper & on the Arc machine. On the stepper I am averaging 120 plus steps per minute.
On the weights I have been doing sets of 20 reps, increase weight, 15 reps, increase weight, 12 reps, increase weight and 10 reps. My starting weight on various machines was some where between 60 lbs and 100 lbs depending on the machine. My new starting weight is 90 lbs to 120 lbs or more. Some of the machines increase by 15 lbs and some by 10 so it varies but my increases have been at least 2 weights higher and in some cases 3 weights higher which is some where between 20 and 45 pounds.
After exactly 2 months I had cut 2 inches from my waist & 1 inch from my chest. I lost a total of 8 lbs. The BF calculator wasn't working when I checked but I know my bf is now below 20%, I can't remember what is was. I have the measurements written down and can calculate when it is back up.
Also I increased by blocks from 14-15 blocks to 17 blocks.
From the same thread.
I am happy to share but sometimes it is hard to put into words without sounding like I'm bragging.
I really don't think I have reached the full potential of the Zone yet. This week is one year of eating in the Zone for my wife & I. We have not started the FO yet. I will be ordering some tonight or tomorrow. I was going to wait until I had been working out consistently for 6 months but I've recently changed my mind.
I do have some issues with my knees from previous injuries and know any anti-inflamation will help. I do not currently take any kind of meds for it but I do have some discomfort and certain movements can cause a greater discomfort.
As I've stated before, for me it was best to try and master one aspect at a time.
The base of the Zone Pyramid is the food. I think we have that down pretty well but there is always some room for improvement.
I skipped #2 on the pyramid, Omega 3s.
Number 3, polyphenols come naturally from the 10-12 or more servings of fruits and vegetables we eat everyday, I have not added the seahealth plus as of yet.
Fitness, #4, we started slowly with walking as our primary excerise for the first 10 months but now a more regimented routine has been in place for 2 months and will continue. Once our goals have been reached we may substitute some of the gym workouts with things like bike riding our hiking or maybe a family martial arts class.
#5 I'm not too sure about yet. No disrespect intended but Dr. Sears is pushing a lot of different products that support this part of the pyramid.
The last item that I think is missing is Relaxation. Some form of meditation or something that one can use to catch some relaxing time and de-stress. I try this a little already. My most relaxing time is a trip to the Chiroprator. About 10-15 minutes of massage and 10 minutes of EMS. Currently I do a trip to the Chiro a minimum of once a month and some times 2-3 times in a month. Depends mostly on my stress level how often I go.
Enough for now thanks for reading.
Happy zoning to all.