|me approaching those double doors|
So where have I found myself twice a week every week for going on 3 months? The gym! It is practically a miracle but somehow I found it within myself to start going. It was a goal of mine for the new year but I actually started taking action in December. I went once or twice before Christmas. Then, when I had that long 10 day Winter break from work I went quite a bit. I was hoping it would kick start me into the habit of going once I went back to work and it did.
- Two work outs per week minimum at home, the gym, or any other form of exercise of my choosing for a minimum of 30 minutes. So far, I've mostly been going to the gym and doing the Elliptical but I could do classes or home exercise videos or anything else.
- Every other week those two work outs need to be 60 minutes minimum and include some hard core cardio. I usually do 1 hour on the Elliptical where I burn between 500-600 calories but it could be anything else that gets my heart pumping and my body sweating...a lot.
- Thorough stretching at least 1 time per week up to and including the splits. This could mean doing an exercise video or just making the time to get some stretching in on my own.
- I also throw in a minimum of 100 crunches while I'm watching TV or whenever randomly if I didn't do them at the gym.
When I've had a long day at work and didn't get enough sleep the absolute last thing in the world I want to do is drag myself to the gym, change clothes and spend an hour sweating but I've been doing it. I used to exclusively do the treadmill. I can't believe how long its taken me to discover the Elliptical. I can burn more calories on it in a shorter amount of time AND it's still low impact. I used to only listen to music but right now the only thing getting me through those work outs is TV. There are tons of flat screens around the gym and mounted on some of the machines. A couple weeks ago it was Basketball Wives on VH1 and Judge Judy on KUSI. I watched Hugh Hefner and his new fiance on CNN and there's always Dr Oz or catching up on the local news. I also downloaded some new uptempo techno work out music. Whatever gets me through the work out. On my light days it makes it easier to go knowing that I will be in and out. I'd like for at least one work out per week to be at the gym to keep me in that habit and so far I have. I've even exceeded my work out minimums some weeks just because.
And what is my reward for giving up my beloved couch, DVR and pajamas right after work every day? I feel better about myself and a little bit less like a lazy bum. I'm getting my long lost flexibility back too. As a former gymnast it made me feel sad and down right old when my splits started to get too uncomfortable. I'm back to putting my face to my knee in the splits on both sides. I love food but have a tendency to under eat so even with just these work outs I've lost weight. My mom wouldn't be too thrilled but I'm not mad about it. I weigh less then I did on my wedding day and the only downside is that some of my pants are hanging off of me. Not a cute look. It sucks getting myself there sometimes but I really feel great after a work out. I enjoy feeling fit, toned and active. It's not just about losing weight. I'm giving my heart, my bones, my body what it needs and that's a good thing. If I was physically unable to exercise I know how upsetting that would be so simply because I CAN is a good enough reason to go. Getting back in the gym was a long time coming and now that I'm there I need to stay.