Thursday, March 10, 2011
I was up and at it again on the treadmill this morning. I did a quick 5 minute warm up walk at 3.8 mph and then settled into my usual 4.2 fast walk pace. I believe the calorie estimator on the treadmill is both a curse and a blessing. It gives me a goal to reach for, and yet it serves as a reminder of how many calories I still have left to burn for my workout goal. I try desperately not to look at it, however, my office gym isn't set up very well and I stare at a wall while walking/running. My playlists on my iPod help out tremendously, but I can't seem to find a way to focus my gaze on something other than how many calories I have burned and how many miles I have walked.
At 300 calories this morning I really wanted to stop. Knowing that I am going to hit the treadmill after work again, my mind was telling me just to settle on the 300 calories burned and not the 400 I had goaled myself. Fortunately Destiny Child's "Bootylicious" came on my iPod and that gave me the motivation to keep going. Funny how a song can do that.
Long story short - It felt amazing that I had persevered and met my 400 cal goal. I'm starting to see changes in my heart rate (no longer maxing in the 180s but maxing in the 160s instead) so I know my body is changing and I'm getting in better shape. The endurance will come so long as I keep enduring.