Monday, November 07, 2011
this weekend was unusual. I went to an anniversary party (yes, there was cake) and then visited with Mom. no exercise... and the weather was perfect, but I was traveling. this was the weekend for the Oaks Marathon and Half that I did last year (13.1!) but I thought I was going to be in Brazil this month so I didn't train or enter...and the trip never happened (because I promised DD I'd help her get a new car...still waiting for her to decide what she'd like).
So this morning I got up and went to the gym. Did the hour on the recumbent bike (almost quit early, but reading the newspaper and listening to Pandora got me through) followed by a full body ST session and finished with stretching.
Since I'd taken a few days off, the difference in the amount and number of reps I could do was remarkable! Yeah! In fact, as I was doing chest flyes on the balance ball, another woman actually came over and remarked how impressed she was that I was using 15 lb weights. If the next workout goes as well, I'll increase all the weight amounts - my goal is to use the amount of weight that I can lift ten times to really challenge myself.
So that is a BIG change since I started the Getting on Track program - I kept thinking about adding the strength training back into my routine, and finally it has happened! It will be a while before I lose enough body fat to see the muscles, but won't that be exciting when it happens?!
And the bonus - for my weekly weigh in this morning, the percent body fat number had dropped so much that I actually stepped off the scale and reset it, thinking there was some major malfunction. When the same number came up, I accepted it with a grain of salt and a lot of gratitude. That is even more important to me right now than seeing the overall pounds drop.
This week will be busy with another trip out of town, the last writing class, and the beach retreat this Friday through Sunday (can't wait!)