February 28th, 2012
So, I’m scrambling to write this before going to work. It’s just after 6:30 and I usually leave right before 7:30. I’m weird, but I like taking a shower at 6 and not having to rush to get ready and yet…I get on the computer for a good half hour or so that I could be sleeping or something. It makes me wonder if I really should forgo the computer on MWF when the gym opens at 6 and get a quick 30 minutes in on the elliptical or something. It would make me run pretty close to time in showering and getting to work by 8 and everything, but it could be possible… I just don’t know if I want that much stress. I’ll see how working out 5+ days a week after work alone will be. That was my ultimate goal, but I slacked last week because A) it was TOM, B) I was afraid of overdoing it with that many times a week and C) I just simply made excuses and was lazy. Not this week! I am uber motivated and even more so since I lost 1.8 pounds!! I never thought I would be motivated by less than a 2 pound loss, but I totally am! I think it has more to do with the fact that last week while it was TOM, I was checking the scale almost daily and I jumped from 225.4 where I was last Tuesday to 227. I was totally beat down by it which made me all the more nervous to get on the scale this morning for my “official” weekly weigh in. I was nervous, but also hopeful because I busted my butt Saturday, Sunday and Monday at the gym.
Those three pretty good workouts at the gym had to be what did it because I did splurge on Saturday. Just as I said, I only had the steak, salad with house dressing and 2-3 pieces of those bread crust things. BUT… I made the mistake of getting overconfident and continuing with my splurge through the afternoon and having popcorn at the movie theater with extra butter. Can you say fattening? Sheesh. However…that was all I ate that day and with the calorie burn (I did 30 minutes on the elliptical and 15 minutes on a stationary bike), I think I was within my calories for the day considering I didn’t eat a single thing more. I hope it doesn’t come back to bite me. Heck, maybe that’s even why I didn’t hit 2 pounds lost, but that’s ok! That pretty much ended my Simple Diet though. Now I just gotta work on getting to 1200 calories a day. Ugh. Because…I have a hard time getting close. I’m doing better than the 800-900 that I originally started off with back last month. Sunday I had 1193 and yesterday…well, I had 1050, but by the end of the day I wasn’t hungry. I will try to hit closer today.
I think I’ve also kind of figured out a workout schedule. Every other day I’ll do water aerobics and the other days I’ll hit up the elliptical. I’m super proud of myself because I initially started on the elliptical and thought I was going to die at 5 minutes. The next time I pushed myself to 15 and then the next to 30. I was pleased with 30 from Saturday… Well, yesterday I pushed to 45! My goal is to do 60 minutes, but I’m afraid of pushing too hard. My legs were really stiff and sore when I got off at 45. The sad thing is that I really didn’t have much resistance. I pushed it up to 4 a couple of times, but then after a couple minutes or so I took it back down to 2. I wonder how this affects calorie burning… I did input that my average heart rate was 155 and a calculator I found online said that it burned 406 calories. Not sure how accurate that is, but I’ll take it! It’s less than MFP said.
Now then, I need to create a workout playlist because I was listening to the radio while I did it and some songs totally motivated me to move. I do worry about them getting old though, so I don’t know… The radio seemed to work although during advertising breaks it was kind of annoying. I tried to focus more on the TV at the gym, but with my luck they were often playing commercials as well! Ah, well.
Here’s to another good week!