Monday, March 29, 2010
Today I woke up to cooler temps and a light drizzle. I hesitated at the front door, questioning if I should go back and grab the car keys or just set out by foot to the office. Finally, reality set in and I walked. The reality is: I don't melt in rain, it wasn't a down pour, I didn't need an umbrella or hood and the walk would feel good. And, it did!
The true test will be tonight. I'll see if my friend, who volunteered (without prompting) to do the interval training with me, will actually show up or if I'll go it alone. Either way, I'll either be in the rain or in the gym doing my intervals.
Intervals will be: 1 minute of running (compare me to others & I'm simply jogging - brutal nonetheless) and then a fast pace walk (recovery time from running), repeat until I've completed 60 minutes or fall on the ground in a puddle.
Confession 1: I can do Everything the new Doc asked me to do but the new workout plan (7 days a week) really is a mind bender. On Friday night, I kept asking myself - "what if I can't do this? What if it really is too hard? What if I just give up? What if it really is to hard? What if, what if, what if!" I mean I was really freaking out. I'm spending A LOT of money to get my body in a "zen" place but I HAVE to put in the workout effort too and I can't simply fail on that part or become complacent with it. Do it all or do nothing!
Confession 2: When I ran (jogged) on the treadmill (for the 1st time) on Saturday morning I realized I CAN do this. Grant it, it took 2 naps during the day to recover but I CAN do this! I've really not pushed my body hard enough and it's time. I love a challenge and this is a big one - Bring it On!
I need to revamp my MP3 player and come to terms with clock watching at the gym. I can and will do this . . .
Failure is not an option!
EDIT AFTER POSTING:
Ah, my friend (true to form) is not able to come and do interval training with me tonight or on Friday night. I can't say that I'm shocked but I am a little disappointed. So, off to the gym I'll go . . . I hope my legs holdup. SIGH!
My husband was shocked to hear I was going to the gym tonight, it's Monday after all and I don't workout on Monday's as he kindly reminded me. I smiled and told him that was the old and this is the new. Plus, Doc said I must go, so I'll go. He wished me luck but didn't offer to attend with me - Chicken. I have a feeling my legs will be sturdy on my walk there but a little wobbly on the way home. OH MY!
Saturday, March 27, 2010
It was time ... I gathered up my strength this morning and walked to the gym. This would be my official first day back to the gym after speaking to my new doctor. Today, I would start the new workout plan he has suggested.
I discovered a lot of things or maybe I'm just now willing to admit them - either way it was an eye opening experience.
I walked to the gym. It's a 15 minute walk and a pleasant one at that. This walk is what the doctor calls a "recreational walk." I consider it my warm up. The sun is out and a cool breeze blows, I was loving it. Once I got to the nearly empty gym I took the treadmill. I started off at an incline of 2.5 and a speed of 3.7 - I was clipping along at that pace.
I kept hearing Doc's voice in my head - you've got to get to pace where you can't carry on a conversation and your going all out. I got there quick!
I finally settled in at an incline of 1.5 and alternated between a speed of 3.7 and 4.1 - my short legs were working it out.
I discovered, again, that I'm a clock watcher in the gym. I can't read while at this pace and I didn't even try that. I just kept watching people go in and out of the tea shop across the way and watching the count down on the machine. Time literally crawled by unless I took a 5 second break and that ended in a blink of an eye. At one point I thought, okay, you only have 10 minutes left, no big deal. Then it dawned on me, Ah No, you have 20 minutes left! I nearly fainted. To take it up a notch I ended up trotting/jogging 11 minutes of the 40. Now, that was truly amazing!
Again, I heard Doc's voice in my head . . . "Most people don't enjoy working out until they're fit." REALLY!? I can't imagine why - me being sarcastic.
I finished my 40 minutes of time and did a few minutes of cool down on the machine. I took a drink of water and then went to sit down on a bench. I could feel my legs & feet talking to me. Well, okay my feet were talking, my thighs were (still are) screaming at me. After a few minutes I decided I had a 15 minute walk home so I should hit the road. Ten minutes into the walk not only were my feet talking, my thighs screaming but my gluts started to whisper. OMG!
I stopped along the way to take a look a the stairs I'll be doing for my interval training outside. They don't look so brutal today but come Monday afternoon I'm going to be hating them. At least there won't be a clock to watch!
This is going to be interesting! My previous workouts now feel like a walk in the park.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
News Flash: I was totally overwhelmed after the consultation with the new doctor yesterday. With the amount of information given, in such a short amount of time, it was hard to digest it all at once. I didn't feel better for hours!
I now know the cost to get started - it's a difficult number but it can be done. Right now it's a 3 month process and then retesting. I'll pay monthly for now. Some of the supplements will likely stop in three months, others added and some just cut down - so there is an end, it really isn't forever. One of the tests we are going to wait on, it costs A LOT and isn't needed to get me started but will need to be done - I'll be saving my pennies.
I brainstormed with a friend about the rigorous workout schedule. It ended with some days in the gym and some days outside. That interval training is what had me perplexed, with a plan of action, I'm feeling much better about it.
I can totally due this! I love a challenge and will take this one on fully.
I receive the first round of supplements tomorrow via UPS. Today I started a home test (I'll do this test for 25) that will give the doctor information about my thyroid.
I'm ready, no longer overwhelmed and will make this happen. I did my body wrong - it's time to do it right now!
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