Last week I made, what I felt, was a pretty intense laundry list of working out. Added to my work week, I was pretty uncertain about whether or not I’d be able to do it. Well, I managed to make my goals- better yet- I surpassed my goals!
Goal: 2 hours on elliptical
Accomplished: 2 hours 10 minutes
Goal: 2 weights workouts
Accomplished: 4 workouts totaling 80 minutes of weights/floor work
Goal: run 2-4 miles
Accomplished: Ran 3.7 miles in 40 minutes
Goal: Bonus walks
Accomplished: 2 walks totaling about 60 minutes of walking & spent the afternoon at a public pool
The grand total is 310 minutes, or 5 hours, 10 minutes of intentional working out this week! I feel pretty proud- and sore.
This week’s goals:
2 hours elliptical
3 weight/floor sessions
1 run of any length
Yesterday we ran about 2.4 miles on our regular route and I wanted to work some altitude into the day so we went a different route than usual for the last 1.3. The route takes us down a super steep hill and then loops us up a similarly steep hill. We ran down the first steep hill, which was pretty intense. There was a huge amount of joint impact, and I was a little worried about my hips/knees/ankles, but I didn’t really have a tough time or pain and really just enjoyed allowing gravity to carry me down the hill while I worked my legs as fast as I could for the anaerobic power! On the way up the hill, we did a few running intervals, but my heart-rate stayed pretty high the whole time and I didn’t feel a real need to push too hard. It was a great workout that I need to repeat. My thighs and behind are SORE today!
It just occurred to me that I get worried about working out in my anaerobic zone too much. Remember one of my New Years goals? Yeah. It’s to build muscle. When do you build muscle? Oh, yeah. In the anaerobic zone. What will happen if I build muscle? Oh, yeah. I’ll burn more calories just by having the muscle because muscle burns more calories than fat!
I can lose fat through diet and exercise while also building muscle through exercise.
Just exercise. Do it, right? Good things will happen.
Sometimes I’m so silly.
Benefit number 99 of diet bet:
I don’t know about anyone else, but it takes a real fitness accomplishment for me to post a workout on Facebook without feeling like a complete tool. One of the nicest things about diet bet is that you are all there for the same reason- to lose weight! We are also all there for accountability- why else would you risk money by betting against yourself to lose weight? So the community is incredibly supportive and friendly! I posted this, yesterday (obviously before I finished everything) just to see what kind of response I would get. Tickle me pink, look what happened!
A friend I have made through diet bet (who is one pound away from a grand total of 100 pounds lost – YAHOO, Michael!) hosts a bet every month and he invited me to join the February bet. I’m totally onboard for that, so if anyone wants in on that bet, keep an eye out and I’ll post the details as it gets closer and I learn more.
I just wanted to post this link to a website that does a really nice job with a calorie burn calculator. Whenever I’m curious, I head over there to double check my burn. I read somewhere that this is a really good one, so I thought I would share it.
Tamara Shazam is undergoing a makeover… Sneaker peek:
I also found you through “Runs for Cookies” In the few entries I have read I am so impressed with your openness and honesty. You seem like a lucky person that didn’t have severe depression over your weight issues. Many people really do have those issues! You have been very brave and open to post your before and during photos!
I found the entry about comments people make-wondering if they even realize what they just said to you and what it made you feel like, very interesting! I believe that many people are trying to figure out what to say to people without hurting their feelings but certainly choose our words poorly!
I will say that you were lovely then and you are lovely now. Interestingly, your school pictures you look much younger now–even if you think you have more wrinkly skin!!
Keep up the amazing work! You are so close to getting in the one hundreds!
I have a personal question that I am not sure if you would want to address. With the amount of weight you have lost you have extra loose skin, you have been brave showing those pictures. Is that something that you would consider having surgery to remove or will you just accept it and live with it. I realize that that type of surgery is horribly expensive. I understand if this is too personal of a subject.
I am totally considering skin surgery. My insurance, at this time, covers part of it, but who knows. I go back and forth about yes or no. I sometimes don’t mind the flabby skin and think it’s kind of fun to look at, and at other times I want to try to erase the evidence of ever being heavy. I think I’m more in the surgery camp right now, but we will have to wait and see where the chips fall.
Hi! I found you through Runs for Cookies and I can not wait to read more. I also turned 40 in Oct 🙂 So happy belated birthday to you 🙂
Oh and if you wanted to check me out too I am http://runningoncandy.blogspot.com/ 🙂
Woohoo! I’m famous now! haha Thanks for the mention. 🙂