Accomplishments and Goals
Friday, May 03, 2013
Well, TGIF! It almost feels like I have a one day work week since I had a vacation day. It wasn’t a planned day. My sister’s knee gave out on her, so I ran her the dr. and stuff. But it was such a beautiful day and I got to the gym and even made my son’s tennis match at 4 and watched him implode on the court. He was having a bad day and instead of getting upset and playing harder, he was getting upset and getting mad at himself. Never good. I keep reminding him, in sports you need a short memory. You have to forget the bad shots and move on. Don’t let it get in your head. But we all have days like that. Mine was Wednesday morning on the bike. I let my mind get in the way big time.
Which brings me to my workout yesterday. One thing I will say about a bad workout day. It always fuels me to push my next workout past where I was. I had bumped the resistance level on the recumbent to 12 a few weeks ago and have bumped between 11 and 12 for that time. Yesterday I went in and decided I would start it on 13 and see what happened. After all, I can always bump it down with the push of a button. So, I cruised for about 20 minutes before it really started becoming a workout. So I thought at 30 minutes I would knock it down to 12. Well I got to 30 minutes and was on an easy stretch and decided on 35 min. So, as it worked out I ended up doing the entire program on level 13! This is the half way point in the levels on the bike.
I sort of impressed myself with that one. Well it usually isn’t hard to impress myself, but I got to thinking. 4 short months ago I had knee surgery. I remember getting on the bike at the first therapy visit and my knee was not a happy camper. And I was walking with less of a limp 2 hours after they were finished than I was going in to the hospital. So, that first session on the bike hurt. And that was like easy spinning, just get the joint working kind of exercise. It wasn’t until the end of January when I really got back to exercising and trying to make gains. Since then I have increased time on the bike from 30 minutes to 65. I have taken the resistance level from about 4 to 13. And during my light days I have actually bumped it up to level 20 for very short stretches. We are talking a minute or less.
I was talking to my sister trying to encourage her about her weight loss and just said, it amazes me, how even though I still weigh in at 270, my legs feel sooooo much better than they have in a long time. I know a lot has to do with the bike and making them stronger, but equal to that has to be carrying around less weight.
Interestingly I was tooting my horn to my oldest daughter and she asked me if I had a goal weight in mind. It has set me to thinking for the past few days. When I got back to using SP, I put in 220. This would bring me to what I weighed playing ball in high school. I mainly put in 220, since I wanted a goal but was afraid to go lower and know I don’t want higher. I am not sure how I feel about changing the goal at this point. Honestly I am not sure that is the weight I want to maintain at. I am thinking it is the weight I never want to go over again. I would love to be below 200. I am thinking I should change the goal soon if I want to do it. I am worried that if I reach the goal on SP as it currently stands, I may get complacent and stop. But obviously changing the goal at this point would make me go from past half way there to maybe not quite half way there. Not sure how that would affect me mentally. I am not sure if seeing the goal get further away would make me not as motivated, or more motivated. Anyway, something to ponder on the bike later too I guess.
So, all in all I think I have bounced back from the whiny Wednesday and am feeling good and looking forward to the weekend. I am hoping at some point I crack into the 260’s but we shall see. I am doing good with my tracking and food choices. And things are looking good.