Thursday, April 30, 2009
Joined a new gym last week and I have to say I LOVE it! It's not anything I'm used to, I mean, I've done a boot camp class through community ed, but it's always held in the cafeteria or on the gym floor and it's just not the same as going into a gym and doing my thing. I generally come in and warm up on elliptical or the stationary bike, then hit the weights, then back for some cardio and then finish up in the sauna. I can't figure out why some days the sauna seems the hardest part and on others it just relaxes me and lets me unwind.
Going to the gym hasn't been easy because I have to go after work which means I have to fit in something to eat before workout to tie me over until dinner. It also means that some nights, like last night, I'm eating dinner at 8-something at night which isn't great when I'm getting up at 5 am. But I think I'll eventually get my schedule adjusted so it is a better fit.
The good news is, I'm already seeing results. I haven't stepped on the scale yet, but I can tell when I feel that little ache in my arms and legs that I'm building muscle and burning fat. I think I'm seeing some subtle changes in my arms, legs and belly but maybe that's just wishful thinking... anyway it's enough to get me to stop at the gym again on my way home from work instead of just heading home ... which is good enough for me!
Thursday, April 16, 2009
So I'm walking down the hall about midway through my day here at work and coming my direction is one of my co-workers. As we pass in the hallway and greet each other she says to me "you're just too happy". I laughed, then made a sad face and wiped at my eyes as if crying and said "here, is this better"? As I sat back down in my office I thought to myself how can you be too happy? Is it wrong to have a grin on your face? Is it wrong to enjoy what you do for a living? I heard Madden retired today and I thought to myself a couple of things. The first was that I hope I'm not working until I'm 73. The second thought was hey, wait a minute... if I'm happy doing what I'm doing, what's wrong with working until I'm 73? Now I read a study about the smile in your high school yearbook picture and the divorce rate. So with all these reasons to smile I can think of one more... it makes people wonder what you're up to!
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
So I start off here on Day three chained to my desk and weighed down with meetings but I'm not going to let that get me down. I am sure I won't take anywhere close to the numbers I put on my pedometer the last two days, but that isn't the point of all this ... right? So I took some breaks, that I normally wouldn't have taken, and I've decided to take a walk when I get home today... because I'm missing out on the run that we were supposed to do as a group this evening by working late... and I'm facing the facts that some days the steps are going to be hard to come by and I've got to fit them in where I can. It's good to know that instead of giving in and just not walking, I've made the decision to get them however they come, even if it's in teeny tiny increments.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
So we start off on Day one with some pedometers that weren't functioning properly... I think we ended up having to replace 4 of the original 5 and then one of the replacement ones... so I'm sure we lost some steps there along the way ~shrug~ oh well. We got those straight and got walking.
I knew with my hair appointment today that I was going to be struggling to get some distance in, so I headed out yesterday after work with a number set in my head. Big mistake! By the time I hit my number and made it home and fixed dinner, then cleaned up, it was just about time for me to hit the sheets. Let me tell you my calves know it this morning. Next time I'm not setting a number, or if I do, when I get just under it, I'm slowing down to a nice cool down pace and ensuring I have time to fit some stretches in. Oh, and I WILL fit in time to do some calf stretches today!
Monday, April 13, 2009
Day one and my team is off to a rough start. One team member didn't pick up her pedometer yet, so she'll be at zero steps until almost midnight tomorrow! The second team member picked hers up on the weekend, then promptly washed and dried it. The remaining three of us have all had our pedometers reset spontaneously on us, so we've taken to wearing back ups and writing down the steps every hour, so that if it does blank out, at least we've only lost an hour. I sure hope day two gets here soon!
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