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Monday, February 27, 2012

This weekend was not the best. I did not get any exercise in and I moped about it internally.

When it comes to home workout, I have not created a 'sacred space' for exercise yet. In some section of my mind, it nearly seems unnatural to workout at home. When I don my exercise clothes and head out to the gym, there is some sort of internal process occurring. By the time I enter the gym, I am "there." Present in the exercise state of mind.

Similar to a Spark article I read, the battle of whether or not I will go workout in the morning is won by the time I step outside. It helps a great deal that that is also the time that my boyfriend is preparing for work and the same time that he leaves the house.

Oh yes, my boyfriend got over the virus that gave him a fever and bad cough. Still making sure he's bundled and drinking lots of fluids as he goes out into the still chill end of February.

Anyhoo, today when I got to the gym and stepped on the elliptical, I felt myself propelled by some sort of positive energy. I breezed through 15 minutes (18 with cooldown) with my heart rate at a nice high level and sweat pouring off of me before I switched to the treadmill.

I felt

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And the elliptical even seemed easier.

This is the start of week four of my exercise and fitness program. The one I created for myself along with working with the SparkPeople resources (love the trackers).

My hips no longer ache and hurt when I am on the treadmill. My legs are starting to get that... I don't know what else to call it but... a good burn feeling as I am on the elliptical.

I discovered that the treadmill has an interval training setting. I wasn't very observant thus far. I fiddled with it a bit after my workout, standing on sides of the treadmill. You can decide what speed is walk and what speed is run. Incline too for a bit of resistance. Soooo coool.

Although I joined the C25K groups and the SparkPeople Walk/Run 5K Challenges, I've not started to train officially. I get these little emails that say "You're in week 2" or "You're in week 3" and I laugh and think, "Uh... no I'm not." But now that I see these settings on the treadmill, I will incorporate those and reset my challenge to walk/run the 5K.

When it gets warmer, I will venture out into the big wide world and walk/run outside. I'd prefer to do it with my boyfriend. He makes me feel more comfortable doing newer things when we're together.

I'm back to the gym tonight for group exercise classes that are all about abdominals and then a class that is best described as a mixture between calisthenics and strength training. It's like the strength training version of Zumba (cardio).

I imagine I will have lots more mopey and then more high flying posts. Make sure your seats are in the upright and locked positions.
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    I'm not great about exercising at home either - for a while I was doing Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred, but once I joined my gym I've totally let work out DVDs fall off the radar. Oddly enough, I'm funny about exercising in front of my boyfriend (though I'm not sure if it's that I feel weird DOING it, or that I feel bad taking him away from his XBox to use the TV - he calls it his "Square-Headed OSO") :)

    You're doing GREAT! Hmmm, upstate NY huh, ever go to Brushwood? :) We go to Sirius Rising every year, and I've started running the trails there in the mornings when we're there. Nothing like coming across a hidden altar in the woods to brighten your day!
    2302 days ago
    Setting into motion is the first step.
    2302 days ago
    You are going to have so much FUN learning to be a runner! I love it so much! Except I am NOT going to complete it in 8 weeks. I think maybe more like 2 years lol
    Because I only increase my run times by 10% each month, so month 2 is like, run 1 minute and 10 seconds, walk 3 minutes and 50 seconds ha ha

    But that is what works for me. The first 4 or 5 times, I really tried to do the 8 weeks, but I would get to the week of run 3 minutes and that would be all she wrote. I just couldn't get past that 3 minute hurdle. So finally I decided to take it slower. I am after all, 50 years old, and about 106 lbs overweight, and haven't exercised in maybe 20 years....

    I'm so glad your hips aren't hurting anymore. Mine either. I love exercise, it really makes ya feel GREAT!
    2302 days ago
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