Some mental roadblocks
Sunday, December 13, 2009
I have a confession to make. If the world was fair and I was just naturally thin, I doubt I'd exercise. I probably wouldn't even eat right. I'd just eat whatever I wanted and would exist as a lounge lizard, basking in the sun or curled up by the fire place.
But I suppose that's true for all of us, or else this site wouldn't exist.
I'm also a person who's propelled by past successes. So imagining myself in an itsy-bitsy-teeny-weeny yellow polka-dot bikini doesn't really keep me on track. However, fitting into said bikini works wonders for my eating habits and exercise levels.
This is where things get hard. Sometimes, when I don't see any of the results I'm after, I start wondering "why bother?" I'm sure some of you have been there.
My friend's future mother-in-law goes to the same gym as I do. She used to be into bodybuilding and was on billboards in Toronto or something. She suggests that if you want to lose some fat, it's good to go on a lower-calorie diet, rev up the cardio, while still pumping iron. I can almost hear the backlash this will cause from my Bodybuilders sparkgroup. Never fear. I'm not sure if I want to really slash my calories.
I do, however, want to start ramping up the cardio again. Mainly because I've completely neglected it. A couple of days ago, I did a group-cycle class at my gym - and I lived through it. A spectacular success if you ask me. I'd like to keep that momentum going and do one maybe 3 times a week.
I'd also like to get back to where I was, cardio-wise. I used to be able to go for half an hour on the elliptical -hard - without any difficulty. A week ago I tried to do half an hour and gave up after 16 minutes! I also used to do cardio 5 days per week, and I'd like to get back to that as well.
So if I do group-cycle 3x per week, any ideas with what I should fill the other 2 days with?