Monday, February 27, 2012
Top 10 things to look forward to when I reach my goal weight...
Ok, so a friend of mine said that I hadn't blogged in a while which is true so here's my entry for today.
It's a silly top 10 list and I hope you get a kick out of it!
10) Taking a shower will no longer be an aerobic activity.
9) I'll actually be able to see my belly button.
8) My toes will finally be able to get some sun!
7) I won't be able to be a wind screen for my daughter on windy days.
6) People won't try to throw me back in the water when I'm at the beach.
5) Decrease my chances of being hit by a meteor.
4) I won't need to shop for clothes in the Big and Tall section.
3) My thighs won't start to smoke when I use the treadmill.
2) Increasing chance of survival...should a zombie apocalypse occur.
1) To decrease the likelihood of being eaten by cannibals.
Have a great week!!
Saturday, January 28, 2012
Ok... so I was REALLY pi$$ed today when I weighed myself and found that I gained like 2 pounds. I've been watching what I eat, tracking all of it, busting my ass in the gym getting like almost an hour of cardio a day and for what?? Not just a flat week, but a gain.
I'll admit my first thought was pick up the scale and throw it out the front door, but I refrained.
I got dressed, drove to the gym and put my big behind on the Arc, yes... the Arc. My arch enemy. I busted my tail on it for 35 minutes. That was my punishment for my gain.
Then I went over to the treadmill to do some more cardio. Usually I choose the random program and let the machine pick which form of torture I would be subject to. Today I decided to use the fat burn program instead. So what it does is automatically change the incline/speed in order to keep your heart rate within guidelines based on your age. For my 41 year old carcass my suggested heart rate was 116 bpm.
I fired up the treadmill at 3.0 mph which is way slower than I would normally walk. I put my hands on the heart rate monitor and bingo... I was already at 126 and I just got on the freaking thing. Since the incline was flat, the only place to go was the speed. So it dropped the speed by .2 mph. My heart rate dropped to 125. It kept going and going by .2 which was taking forever so I just kept manually dropping it until I got my heart rate down to 116. Ya know what that speed was?? A blazing 1.7 mph. I was so overweight and out of shape that walking at a measly 1.7 mph was enough to get my heart to the fat burning range. That's really sad.
Then I started thinking about those numbers and what I normally do. When I do cardio usually my heart rate is somewhere near 160-170 bpm which is very high. It definitely qualifies as high intensity for my age. I was remembering some articles I read about how your body uses fat first as energy when doing low intensity cardio and is uses sugars as fuel for the high intensity. Well what am I trying to get rid of here, fat or sugars? Obviously it's fat. So I decided this week to try and go with this whole low intensity thing and try and monitor my heart rate and keep it within appropriate guidelines.
So now I think of myself as a cheap cut of meat. Let's just say that I'm a nice rack of ribs. How do you cook ribs? Do you throw it in an oven at 500 degrees for 20 minutes? Heck no!!!
You cook it low and slow in a nice smoker preferably. That breaks down the fat in the meat instead of burning the crap out of it and turning it into shoe leather.
So my goal is to continue to cook myself low and slow and turn myself into a nice rack of ribs. Eventually when I get some of this fat off of me I would be more like a nice fillet mignon and then maybe I can crank up the heat.
We'll see how that goes!
Thursday, January 26, 2012
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far, away...
I wrote a blog about the ARC machine at Planet Fitness. I confirmed that it was brutal and even possibly evil. Placed here by the evil Lord Vader to torture all of us on a path to become fit.
Well, I tried the Arc again today. This time I used the *big boy* machine that uses the arms as well as the legs. I managed to do 25 minutes and it was every bit as torturous of a machine as the one without the arms was... and then some.
Somehow I survived the arc and live to tell about it. There were a few times that I had thought about cranking the intensity down or slowing way down but then I started having some visions of this little green guy with a cane and big hairy ears and he would hover in front of me and talk in a very peculiar way. He said, "Quit you will not, this exercise you must complete" and then some old guy in a brown robe popped up and muttered something about 'using the force'. What the heck were they all about???
Then I started talking myself into stopping. I kept saying that at least I tried, or I can try again another day. Then that green guy materialized again and said something that really stuck with me... "Do or do not, there is no try." That really seemed to register and with that it seemed like I had this extra burst of energy and it helped me finish the exercise.
When it comes down to it, Yoda was right. Either you do it or you don't. I can't allow myself to give in to the negative self talk that seems to plague me when things get tough. The "there's always tomorrow", and "at least I tried" can not and will not be uttered while I'm in the gym. I'll either succeed and do what I set out to do or I won't. Period. There's no gray area, nothing left for interpretation.
I hope you enjoyed my little spin on Star Wars, keep on moving.... and may the force be with you!
Friday, January 20, 2012
Ok, so up until today I thought that the ARC was a good thing. Noah built it, animals 2 x 2, big flood, yadda, yadda, yadda.
Today I found out that the arc is NOT good but EVIL!!! I've seen people at Planet Fitness using it and they were sweating like nobody's business. For anyone that doesn't know what it is, it's sort of like an elliptical machine but even more sinister. Why??? Because it can emulate my arch enemy.... stairs! In a previous club I belonged to they had an actual stair master machine (think a mini escalator). I tried it ONCE and I lasted all of about 3 minutes. Ever since then I've been staying away from any stair type exercise.
I did a little research online last night and learned a little more about it. They claim it's safer than an elliptical due to less stress on your knees. So I decided today I would put my big boy pants on and see what I could do.
When I got there, it didn't look quite as evil but let's see what happens when I start using it. So I hopped on and started moving. I selected my program 'Fat Burning' and I was off to the races. At first it didn't seem too bad. I started getting a little cocky so I said, "Hey I wonder what happens if I crank up the incline?" Uhhh... bad choice. Instantly the motion changed to more of a stair climb instead of an elliptical. My quads were on fire!! I looked down at the timer thinking that I must be about 15 minutes into the 30. Not even close... I was only 3 minutes in and I was ready to run far far away with my tail tucked between my legs.
I didn't quit though. Fortunately the fat burn program decided to ease up on me a little and lowered the incline back down to a much more tolerable 6. I ended up making it through the entire 30 minute program. It wasn't easy but I kept pushing myself and found some way to get through.
This was the machine that used only the legs though. They have another version that uses arms and legs and I bet it's a real *fun* to use. I'll save that for another day. Baby steps...baby steps.
Thursday, January 12, 2012
This article was awesome (long, but awesome)! It really seemed to describe me to a tee.
I definitely have a MAJOR fatitude problem. But at least now I can work on changing it!
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