Wednesday, January 12, 2011
The idea of a snow day scared me. Would I be responsible enough to stay at home all day and not consume everything in my house? Would I sit on my ass, watch TV all day and munch on everything in the cabinets? Would I do anything productive?
Last night before I went to bed I said that I could stay in bed as late as I wanted provided I cleaned the entire house when I got out of bed. I woke up at eight, had breakfast and a glass of water, weighed myself (excited!) and went back to bed. My plan was to just rest another two hours, but when I finally dragged my butt out of bed at noon, I knew today was going to be a tough one mentally.
I watched the news for a little while before I became frustrated at hearing coverage of the blizzard over and over again. I went online, did some research, punched some numbers, and ate lunch - a spinach salad with tomato, cucumbers, feta, and grilled chicken. Yum. I sat around for another half an hour thinking about cleaning. Finally, I said to myself - this is the ONLY time this week you are going to have to clean your house. If you don't clean it now, then you won't have time to do so again until probably the end of the month. GET GOING! I reminded myself that while cleaning isn't technically exercise it was far better than sitting on my butt on the couch all day and watching nonsense.
I never watch television, but when I'm stuck in my house it's what I end up doing. So, I turned to the music station and just started cleaning.
My house is clean, my laundry is done, my car is dug out, and it's almost time for a snack.
Today was supposed to be my "off" day - no running, no strength training, nothing. However, because of my friend Steve's taunts throughout the day, among others, I decided that it couldn't hurt to throw some extra cardio in there and burn some extra calories. I found this workout online. Reading through it, I thought it sounded challenging but doable. I thought it was a great workout because you can make it what you want it to be. If you are a beginner, you can knock it down a notch, if you are advanced, you can push yourself and go at a quicker pace. I opted for the second option and kept my RPE (rate of perceived exertion) between an 8 and 9 the entire time. I also opted to do everything for 1 minute instead of some of them at 30 seconds. In total, with my warm up and cooldown it took about 30 minutes and it felt as if I had run better than a 5k in that time period. I estimate it burned about 300 calories, probably more because it was far more challenging than running 3 miles at a medium pace. But, better to underestimate than overestimate!
I'm still feeling really great 12 days into my journey (9 days ahead of everyone else), and I'm really hoping I can keep it up. I love how I feel, and don't know why I would want to go back to feeling like crap.