Friday, February 14, 2014
So our gym has added a premium class with a football training coach. Pretty standard circuit training, a little bit of crossfit-inspired (including those big ropes.)
I have no intention of spending extra money on it (it's $10 a class, or $70 a month. ON TOP of my regular fees!) but they offer a free trial, so why not?
Overall, it wasn't anything to write home about. I DID enjoy it, but I'm not really at the fitness level where it was feasible for me, yet. I've lost a lot of endurance. There was a big strength component, but I don't like timed strength. I work to failure, in as few reps as possible. I actually pushed myself a bit too hard, and overdid it; I did NOT feel good at the end. I like to feel exhausted, not dizzy and out of sorts. I didn't eat before the gym session; I wasn't planning on an intense workout, but I got roped into it.
The best part, though, was when I totally busted my butt. One of the stations was an ab station; one of the trainers got the bright idea to put me on a stability ball, and throw a medicine ball at me.
Yeah. I don't have good balance on the best of days. It didn't help that he was throwing the damn thing at my FACE. So that would throw me off balance, and finally, when I rolled off the back of the thing and narrowly avoided nailing a machine with my head, I told him I'd just stick with the leg lifts.
Overall, I don't regret doing it, but it wasn't the best class I've ever done, and I'm unimpressed. I prefer to work hard... not overwork.
Thursday, February 13, 2014
So tonight I had one of my favorite dinners. Velveeta shells and cheese! I love this stuff. It's definitely a trigger food for me, but hey, I had a limited amount, and that's not the problem. I mixed it with Rotel and tuna. Pretty tasty and filling!
Problem is, my lactose intolerance is warning me that tonight is gonna be rough. My guts are grumbling and announcing their presence.
Ah well, it tasted good. ;)
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
So after I hit the gym this morning (and I'm proud of my trip) I got the red "burning too many calories" message in my fitness tracker. So I decided now would be a good time to make the switch to the variable calorie tracker, the new one that SP introduced that changes your calorie goal based on how much you workout.
I'm an intermittent exerciser right now, and I have the same weight loss goals regardless of how much I burn, so this makes sense for me. If I find my progress slows, I may go back to the method I've been using up until now. I know how the math works, so I'm fairly confident my ranges won't change that much; I average around 1500-1600 calories and that's good for weight loss most of the time. I actually got this far on substantially more (My first 20 lbs came off at 1800 calories a day or more)! And today's workout didn't change my goal for the day at all, so I think this'll work. It was 1410 - 1760 before, and it's 1410 - 1760 after, so that works for me.
Monday, February 10, 2014
Going to the gym with my friend has me wanting to get serious about strength again. I've gone too long without a regular program, and I always love the way I feel after a good workout.
I'm no slouch, although it's been a while since I really spent time with the weights, so I have to re-acquaint myself with the equipment.
I didn't go today thanks to some drama, but I'm determined to go tomorrow.
Sunday, February 09, 2014
Today has been a great day. I got a lot of GOOD sleep last night; went to bed about 10:30, with my oldest daughter. Normally I go to bed at 1 or later! We slept well, and my husband apparently slept on the couch, LOL. No sympathy, means I rested well.
This afternoon, I took the girls skating! We went to an old rink that I grew up at, just a mile or two from my house. It was so much fun, the place hasn't changed a BIT. It changed ownership recently, and the new owners are committed to really bringing it back.
I'm proud of myself; I skated for probably half of the 3 hours we were there. I'm definitely feeling it! I have to be careful, since that ankle acts up, and the traditional counter-clockwise spin on the rink places a lot of strain on my right ankle. I feel like I got a great workout, though, and I'd like to do it more often. To be honest, it's a great workout, and the kids love it. I wish I could get my husband to do it with me. He's never been a good skater, and he's not a physical sort. Maybe next time I'm going to beg him. ;)
I did indulge in some nachos while I was there, but hey, after skating for an hour and a half? No biggie. :)
I do want to get my own skates. Right now it's not an option, but maybe for my birthday, if we start going regularly.
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