Monday, January 09, 2012
First of all a BIG to everyone who posted a reply to my blog yesterday! Two days without exercising and I felt like I blew the January challenge ALREADY and wouldn't be able to keep going with it. But, TODAY is a NEW day and I am determined!
I EASILY could've made today Day 3 of not exercising. When I woke up I felt so tired and unable to pep up. Although I did sleep better last night, I think I am still catching up from the sleep I lost when my daughter was sick. Also, my monthly friend is on the way....Yeah! (NOT!)
So after starting some laundry, ironing some patches on my daughter's Brownie vest (they are going bowling tonight and she likes to have ALL the badges on there that she has earned so far and I did not get 2 on that she earned before Christmas), filling out permission slip forms for upcoming Brownie field trips, folding some laundry and then getting my 5 year old set up on the Xbox Kinect for "Dance Kids 3", I decided I was going to try my elliptical again.
For those of you who may not follow my blog regularly, my elliptical had been acting wonky since summer. The issue is that the resistance will get stuck at the highest resistance level (10) and not come down, making for an impossible workout. Imagine starting your elliptical workout at Level 10! So I got on it and it was at that level, so I turned off the fan, upped the resistance to 10 (it was at 1, but it was really at 10 , if you follow me), then I quickly changed the level from 10 to 1 and I could feel the resistance loosen up to 1. Sometimes this works, but most times it does not. My husband had the bottom part apart last week and he said that as soon as he plugged it back in that he thought the magnets adjusted to the higher level by itself. Today however, I noticed that while I was working out the fan would drop and then go up and do it again. Then a little more than half way through the workout the resistance got stuck again. I think once it hits level 10 is what does it. Most of the time I do Intermediate Level 2 for 30 minutes and it only goes to Level 8, but since I am starting over and trying to build up my stamina, I thought I would start on Beginner Level 1, which takes you up to Level 10. I may have to re-think this. So I think it may be something with the electronics. My husband is an electrician and says I should start searching online to see if there was a recall or something and maybe we can get a motherboard from the company to fix the issue. I will be investigating this soon because I LOVE my elliptical! Without it I know I would not have been able to lose any of the pounds I did last year.
So that said, I did 20 minutes on the elliptical and (2) SP videos: Day 7 Challenge video (15-minute Abs Workout), and the Day 2 challenge video 9-Minute Total Lower Body Workout. I feel more energized and optimistic now that I have today's workouts behind me. It's a very positive and happy feeling that I wish I could just pluck out of me on days when I feel I cannot motivate myself.
Tomorrow is Tuesday and my 5 year old goes to my parent's house for the day to spend time with her Nana. I will get in my (2) SP videos tomorrow and hopefully an elliptical workout. If the elliptical does not cooperate, I will have to do a SP cardio video. That is my plan. By Wednesday I will be back on track with the January Challenge videos and hope to add an extra video per day Wednesday, Thursday & Friday.
I can do this!