Monday, June 25, 2012

June Challenge - Day 25

Day 25 – Gym (favorite workouts, activities)

I am pretty darn lucky to have a job where we have a mini gym of sorts on the premises and on my floor. So at lunch I spend 30 or 40 minutes working out. This may include treadmill, stationary bike, elliptical machine or weights. I do a combination of cardio when I do weights so I try to do at least 15 to 20 minutes of cardio before I do reps of the weights at 2 or 3 different weight amounts. No heavy lifting. Although I was given the go ahead with working out 6 weeks after my eye surgery, I struggle with doing push-ups and planks because it feels like a brick is laying on the back of my eyeball with the pressure I feel, so I have had to nix those for the time being. But I also do plain old calisthenics, like jumping jacks. I do lunges and ab and core work. When I do the treadmill, I do interval training where I walk for so many minutes and jog for so many minutes at different rates per minute and yes, I do inclines.

At home before the murder at my community center, on Saturdays I would walk a 2.5 miles, which included jogging laps or intervals where I walk a section then jog a section. Now, I just walk about 1 mile around the block because I still do not feel safe walking at the community center. I also still use my Wii. If you don’t like actual working out may I suggest doing the Wii fitness, Zumba, Michael Jackson or other games which get your heart pumping and it really is fun.

Let’s be clear I do not love exercising, but in order to keep as much of the weight I lost back in 2009 and 2010 I must work out. I usually work out 4 to 5 times a week. The 6 weeks of no working out were torture for me because I worried about gaining the weight back and I did put on a few pounds because you can’t just keep and lose weight just on a diet and not exercise or vice-versa. Right now I am at a plateau, which is so evil. Really, no matter how little I eat or hard I exercise the scale says nothing, nada not even an F-you! But I try not to let it discourage me and I keep trying and looking at ways to increase my metabolism so I can reach my true weight loss goal. I currently have 36 more pounds to lose. Wish me luck!

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