Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Part of the reason I joined a bigger gym this year was because I wanted variety in working out. I have a very small gym at work that is free but I was bored. Until this morning I was doing the same things at LA Fitness as I did at work's gym but the vibe is different in the big gym - so that's been good. One of the appeals of LA Fitness was the pool.
Now, I haven't swam more than a lap of a pool since high school and even then I'm sure it was for a few weeks during swim class. I thought, though, that I would enjoy it. It has taken me about a month and a half to get there, though. Admittidely, part of it was that fear that people would be watching me (I know, no one does, but fears aren't rationale, right?) and my shyness came out. A big part was the not knowing how to start. I didn't think I was going to be able to do more than a couple laps - so do I waste a time slot that I allotted for the gym? Do I try to do it before or after the treadmill - that didn't sound like a good option, either.
Last night I decided to give it a go this morning. Then if I didn't like it or I only did 2 laps and was done - I could go back this afternoon for a "real" workout".
I was in the water for about 25 minutes. I could only do 2 laps at a time but I decided to just keep moving. Even if that meant to walk to the other end of the pool and breaststroke back. It sure is harder to be out of breath in a pool than it is on a treadmill! I enjoyed the time (although a bit envious of the man two lanes down who never stopped the whole time I was there) and look to go back and do some more. I'm sure, like anything, I'll be able to do more with time. I'm not sure if I felt like it was a huge workout ... maybe because my other forms of exercise produce sweat ... but the fitness tracker said differently. I'll trust it. I'm decided not to go after work to the gym but rather do a yoga dvd tonight, instead.
So today was a good day!
Sunday, January 31, 2010
I had a pretty good January. The scale hasn't moved much this month and I'm trying to take my own advice that I've given many on the message board - you can't control the scale, so don't try. Most of the time, it works - that frustration creeps out every once in awhile.
I have had a major focus on eating more fruits and veggies every day. So far, I've done well. Usually it was 2 fruits and 3 veggies a day. That is something I could be proud of. Since, I've had this focus, I feel like I've had much higher quality calories throughout the day. One day I was at my desk and thought, I feel better! I'm trying to be conscious that all calories aren't created equal.
Fitness has been going well. I joined a real gym (work's doesn't count - although, free is always nice). I haven't minded going, either. I'm doing mostly the treadmill but also some bike, too. I started doing some weights this week and will have to put more of a focus on that going forward. My arms are really sore, today! I tried yoga for the first time and have enjoyed that. I'm going to put it in once a week, too. Also, in February I'm going to try swmming. I even bought goggles today. Oh, and I bought some more workout clothes. I've discovered that cotton is so much hotter and heavier to exercise in - wicking shirts are the way to go!
Having a lot of time to think while on the treadmill, I decided that on my 40th birthday, I'm going to make it an active day. I want to start the day off by running 5 miles. I have a 5K I'm shooting for in April - I figure by August I can do 5 miles and then at the end of September, there's generally The Great Race in Pittsburgh - my 10K goal. Cross your fingers for me.
Here's to February. A month that I'm going to continue to focus on healthy choices. Also, I'm going to learn a little more about weight lifting.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
I have been thinking about this a lot in the past week. I've been here over 2 years and the only friends I have on my page are my partner and SparkGuy. At this point, though, I feel like it's too late to start adding. I have had a lot of people add me to their list but I have never reciprocated - it feels kind of rude to start adding people now. Where would I start if I did?
Also, I'm trying to figure out why I really haven't added. Is there a certain maintenance to the friendships I don't think I can commit to? I think that may be it. Almost like I would feel rude if I didn't check in on those who I added as friends. Although I know that there is not THAT much maintanence to be had.
I think I have to figure out my obsession over "not being rude". I often don't do something because of it. Is it because I don't want others to think I'm rude, or is it to be nice to other people? Or is it a combo?
More to think about this week.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Well I joined on Jan 1st (got a good deal) but went for the first time yesterday, then made a repeat performance today. The jury is still out if I'm going to like it. My company has a gym, but it's small. I think there's 6 cardio machines, 5 weight stations and a bunch of free weights. It is nice to be able to go when I want and most often have the place to myself (I'd be there at about 5:40 in the morning)
The new gym is quite intimadating. People everywhere, lots of equipment, and everyone looking like they know what they're doing. I need to schedule my inital meeting with a trainer, so I'm hoping that it will help ease some of that discomfort.
A large part of why I wanted to join was for the pool and possible classes. I think I need some variety in my workout (I already liked the bikes they had there better than the ones at work) so I hope that I like things like swimming as much as I hope.
It's all new - I hope I like it!
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