Tuesday, November 24, 2009
So today is day three of my new plan to get healthy. Sunday was my first work-out day and of course, I got on our exercise bike only to discover that the batteries in the display had died and we didn't have replacements. My fiance was already using the treadmill (he does it every day... a fact I am envious of), so I decided to check out the Exercise On Demand channel on cable.
I found a cardio workout to try, but I only managed to do the first 15 minutes of it. It was a bit too intense for me, considering I weigh about three times as much as the girl hosting it and I haven't exercised in a looong time. But I was confident I'd at least gotten my heart rate up and I was proud of me for not just giving up when I discovered the bike batteries were dead.
Yesterday I bought some batteries and rode the bike at about 12 mph for 40 minutes. My goal is to burn about 200 calories a day from cardio and the bike told me I'd burned 208 when I was done, so I was right on track.
Today I did the treadmill on my lunch break. I did 40 minutes at 3 mph, which put me a little under my 200 goal, but I plan to do the three minute step test for my weigh-in page today, along with the crunches and push-ups tests, so I think that should get me close enough.
I'm also trying to get in a tiny bit of strength training in every day. Yesterday I did two sets of 12-15 reps of three different lower body exercises. Today I am scheduled to do a few core strengthening exercises. Then tomorros it will be upper body. So I am not doing anything very intense and I'm giving the different areas a couple days to recover in between.
Once I'm confident that I've got the exercise part down, I will start working on slowly scaling back my fat and calories and try to introduce more fruits and vegetables into my diet. I thought it might be a bit traumatic if I went full bore on the exercise and the diet at the same time and I'd be more likely to give up.
I've gone ahead and started tracking my food in my Nutrition Log just to get in the habit, but I won't really be worrying so much about the totals for a few more weeks.
I'm excited about doing the step test, push-up test, and crunches test and taking my measurements tonight to establish a base-line. Let's hope that by this time next month (omg, that's Christmas) I'll be showing some improvements.