Yesterday, I was too busy to write. I got up and got on the elliptical for a 25 minute run. About two minutes in, something came to a ginding halt...LITERALLY. The foot pedals locked, and I was afraid to "push it" for fear of breaking it further. Instead of taking this as a sign for a day off, I did a couple of youtube aerobic videos and started a high intensity interval training (HIIT) session on the stationary bike.
Basically HIIT is where you warm up and then you go as fast as you can for a short period (mine was 30 seconds), and then you rest--which means doing the exercise at a relaxed pace to recover (again mine was 30 seconds). I did 8 rounds, or 8 minutes of HIIT and did 20 minutes of workout videos.
I really think the HIIT along with traditional cardio and strength training will work out well for me. It is supposed to ramp up calorie burn and build endurance. You can mix it up with other exercises to mix up your workout plan. It is a huge mind game, because I literally had to tell myself that I could do anything for 30 seconds to push through. After 8 minutes, I was sweating like I had done a half hour of cardio.
I do not think at this point that I could do past 10 minutes of HIIT on the bike, so it will have to be in conjunction with something else to get my "time" in, but it is a huge self challenge. Since I am very competetive, this is a really good thing.
Honestly, this morning, about every large muscle group in my body is making itself known to me. I have mild aches and am a bit stiff, but this will soon change. I downloaded a couch to 5 k program on my kindle. My plan is to alter it a bit since it is so hot outside. I am going to do this in place, by jogging in pace for the jog interval, and walk around for the walking interval. I believe this plan is 30 minutes, so I will build my endurance, and get a good solid cardio.
I also started working with some kids that live in a local campground. We do Bible Study there every Thursday night. I had so much fun with the kids, and even played a bit of tag and pushed some kiddos around on the merry go round. They wore me out. I am looking forward to when I can get into their activity and be able to have the stamina to go like they do. Maybe this is insanity, since I am almost pushing 40, but I think it would be good for me and would help me to be able to share Jesus with the kids.
Today's plans are to keep up what I am doing with logging food, eating healthy, and drinking plenty of water. Exercise is Day 1 of Couch 2 5K (C25k). I will also put some time in on the stationary bike. My in-laws are coming in for a visit next week, so I have some chores to do around the house to get prepared for their visit.
My progress is that I have lost 7.2 pounds since last Sunday. I am sure alot of this is water weight, and the fact that I am just beginning to change my lifestyle, but I am still really happy with this. I do not think I have ever dropped like this. I keep expecting the progress to slow up, but it has not yet. I know that day has to be in my very near future, and I am mentally preparing for it. I can say that almost everything I am doing this time is very different than what I have done in the past. The changes are doable for the long term. I am not doing any crazy long workouts or weird diet that can not be done when school starts back. I am committed to this for the long haul.
Hope you all have a great day!