The Gym is My Sanctuary

Monday, July 29, 2013

This morning I woke up in a really good mood, which is strange. Especially for a Monday morning. I think working out really does help my mood. I was off a half day on Friday so after work I ran to the grocery store to pick up some salmon. I have been wanting to try something new, I have never cooked salmon before. I took at a nap after that then had to go meet my sister in law to pick up Abbie from church. She had been at church camp all week. I met Erika and we ended up going to McDonald's so Abbie could get dinner and the kids got an ice cream cone. I got a little aggravated with things and I let that put me in a bad mood. By the time we got home I had to wait for my mom to get home (it was her weekend for the kids and she wasn't there when I got home with them), and that made me even more aggravated. I have no patience lately, I'm not sure why. By the time they got home I was just not in a good mood at all. Michelle called me and I told her I needed to get out of the house so we went to Bob Evans to get dinner. I ate pretty crappy and I knew I shouldn't have but I just had that I don't care attitude. Michelle and I both ordered a 3 course dinner special that they had. I got the salad, potato crusted flounder, mashed potatoes, rolls, and ice cream with caramel topping. It was around 900 calories. I went over my calories for sure. Saturday I tried really hard not to go over my calories. I went to the gym and had an awesome work out. Before I could go to the gym I had to get some laundry done but when I went to start a load my mom was doing some. I got aggravated like you wouldn't believe. She said she had a ton to do. I feel like a brat now but I was so aggravated and couldn't change my attitude. I want to blame it on my period, but I don't know if that's it. after a couple of hours I finally got mine done and headed out to the gym.

As soon as I got there I felt so much better. While I was working out I was thinking about how I feel when I am at the gym. When I am there, I feel like it's my time. No one can bug me and I can focus on myself. I am still on week 4 of the C25K program. During week 4 there is a 5 minute warm up walk, then you run 3 mins, walk 90 secs, run 5 walk 2.5 minutes and repeat it. I decided to take a different approach until I am able to run 5 minutes and be a little more comfortable. On Thursday, when it was time to run 5 minutes I ran 3. I felt pretty comfortable with 3 minutes. On Saturday when it was time to run 5 minutes I ran 3.5 minutes. I still felt pretty comfortable with that time. When I was walking after running the 3. 5 minutes I realized I wasn't nearly as out of breathe as I had been the past few weeks. So tomorrow when I go, I will run for 4 minutes. If that is a struggle I may repeat it for one more day before moving it up to 4.5 minutes. Although I really want to run my first 5k in November, that I have signed up for, I will keep pushing forward and run it when I run it. I will (try) not lose hope of November but if takes longer, so be it. I will run a 5k.

Once I got back from the gym on Saturday I was in a much better mood. I came home and spent some time with the kiddos and then decided to make dinner. I found a recipe for salmon that sounded incredible, and seemed so easy. I have always been so nervous about making fish. I guess just because I've never made it before. This recipe just called for soy sauce, garlic, brown sugar and a little bit of oil. I used the splenda brown sugar stuff to save calories. I mixed it up and marinated the salmon for about 30 minutes then baked it. It was amazing! I will be making this more often. I had green beans with it and wanted to mix those up a but so I added some red pepper flakes and a little bit of the marinade from the salmon after it cooked and those were really good too.

Sunday I went to the gym with my friend Leslie. She was really nervous about going, she's never worked out before. I met her there and after she got signed up for a membership we walked on the treadmill and rode the bikes. We did 40 minutes total. Then we did some of the weights. After the gym I had lunch and lounged around until work. I worked 5-9 and I was really worried about wanting to eat out of boredom. Around 7, eating was all I could think about. I decided I was just going to stop on the way home and get fast food. Well luckily I did talk myself out of that but I did some damage when I got home. I don't know what it is but once it's on my mind I can't stop thinking about it. I ended up bingeing and then felt like crap for blowing my great weekend. I have to figure out how to stop doing that. Well when I got up and weighed myself this morning and no surprise it was up 1 lb. I can't be mad about it. I am the one that made the poor choice. I need to have more willpower. Although I did go up a lb I feel pretty good about my body today. I fit in to another pair of pants that I couldn't fit into before and one of my favorite shirts is getting a tad but big on me. So I will focus on that and be happy. Today is a new day and I am ready for it! I have Zumba tonight and I can't wait! I love Zumba!
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  • SUE5007
    When I'm at work and my "I need a snack" bell goes off I have a couple gulps of water instead. It's right next to my monitor so I just pick it up and drink. I think it helps keep me feel full longer. Also I think sometimes I am not hungry, but thirsty instead. Or I chew gum.

    I love the peace a good workout will give me. I bet your friend was so happy to have you with her at the gym.

    Good for you for making salmon! Especially since you've never eaten it before. emoticon emoticon
    1729 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/30/2013 1:12:38 PM
    I know how you feel about the gym. That is how I feel when I am the Y. It is my place and my time.
    1730 days ago
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