Log in

No account? Create an account

Previous Entry | Next Entry


I've always been an "anything worth doing is worth over doing" sort of a girl, and I appear to be applying that to this whole "fitness at work" thing I'm into.  It started with spinning class on Fridays.  When that didn't kill me, I added kick boxing in Tuesdays.  Then strength on Mondays.  Because that isn't sufficiently cutting into my ability to run errands on my lunch hour, I'm adding the treadmill on alternating Wednesdays/Thursdays.  (They alternate because a co-worker has a "Couch to 5K" app on her phone, and that program has you walking every other day.  So this week we went today, next week we'll do Wednesday, etc.  It's nicer with non-judgemental company.)

The treadmill was a bit startling.  On some level I think I had expected to have an easier time because I've been doing all these other classes for months.  But what I hadn't taken into account is that brisk walking is a cardio workout *while hauling 205 pounds around.*  Not like spinning, which is a hell of a cardio workout, but with the bike seat holding my fat ass up for much of the time.  So that was a wee bit humbling.  But since one of the things that I really want is to get my wind and my capacity for walking back, it's worth doing.  Kari's workout routine was twenty-five minutes, but I really wanted to get to thirty, and did.  I probably *could* have gone longer, but I didn't want to run myself into the ground.  I managed to go 1.76 miles in thirty minutes, and I was averaging between 3.6 and 3.8 mph according to the panel.  I would like to be able to do two miles in that time.  Once I can do that, I'll look at walking longer.

Kari loaned me a portable CD player, and music helped a LOT.  I clearly need to get something of my own.



( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 28th, 2013 09:34 pm (UTC)
My iPod is a necessity when I go walking. I actually listen to audiobooks sometimes.
Mar. 15th, 2013 06:07 pm (UTC)
I'll ditto this, although my brand is not ipod since mine died a miserable death quickly.
Interlibrary loan in this state is phenomenal for audiobooks. I do a temporary rip to my hard drive so i can put them onto the MP3 player, im terrified of damaging library CDs.
Mar. 1st, 2013 03:20 pm (UTC)
This is awesome! You are totally inspiring me.

If you want, when you find something new difficult to do, you can think about how much better it is for your body. Bodies get used to the same thing over and over again, and workouts become less effective. But if a workout is hard because it's different, that means it's working you out better!
Mar. 1st, 2013 07:50 pm (UTC)
Inspiring? Me? I'm the stout housewife who is the absolute worst in every class I'm taking. I desperately want someone worse off than me to show up.

I've heard that you have to change up workouts to keep them effective. I'm not sure how realistic that's going to be - the class structure works well for me, and triggers the right hangups (I'm very guilt motivated, so that keeps me going back) and the class list doesn't change much. That said, they've been changing up the content of the classes themselves, so that might be enough. If nothing else - I'm moving, for the first time in twenty years. More. That alone is good for me.
Mar. 1st, 2013 11:51 pm (UTC)
But you're not giving up. You keep going. You keep adding new things. THAT is inspirational!
Mar. 1st, 2013 04:00 pm (UTC)
MP3 players are relatively inexpensive, more durable, and don't skip when you jostle them. Also, you can store EVERY FRAKKING SONG YOU OWN and still have room for more. I often download podcasts to listen to, as well.

It's good to hear you're getting into getting in shape. :)
Mar. 1st, 2013 07:43 pm (UTC)
I looked at them online last night, and picked out the one I think I'm going to order. Just haven't gotten around to it yet.

"Pear" is a shape, right? :-)
( 7 comments — Leave a comment )