Thursday, June 23, 2011
Day 231...and I got a good lesson in humility. I was doing the elliptical earlier this week and getting what seemed like a healthy workout when I noticed that the "Calories" counter on my machine was displaying way fewer calories than the machine of the person next to me. Now don't get me wrong---I don't believe those counters accurately measure energy expended during a workout, but still.... Hmmm, I thought. Maybe I'm not challenging myself with a high enough level?
So, today when I got on the treadmill for a warm-up before pilates class, instead of my usual Level 2 or 3, with occasional excursions into Level 4 or 5, I decided to crank that baby up to Level 10 and see how that felt. Woo hoo! I could keep up for, oh, a minute! Then I was pushing the SLOW DOWN button. First, I lowered the speed; then I lowered the incline; and then I desperately lowered the level. Not willing to give in entirely, I stayed at Level 4 and actually ran for a few minutes, something I rarely do. So, it was a good workout and a good lesson. I'm not yet ready for prime time!
Still, plugging away day by day IS working. I'm getting stronger and healthier, and I'm very grateful for that!