I did it anyway. I went to the gym. Last week I got some nasty strain of cold and I did not have the energy to get out of bed for more than food and putting the kids to bed for a day and a half. That is a long time for me to not do anything. Then I spent the next couple of days attending class and recovering slowly. I went back to the gym today and had not been since last Saturday. My shin has been hurting for over a week and I did not want to exacerbate it by hitting the treadmill, so I did the elliptical instead. I was really surprised at how the elliptical was working muscles that the treadmill was missing. I was also surprised at how PAINLESS my shin (left) was. I expected my mile time to be really awful since I had been and still am fighting away this cold, but I was very pleasantly surprised!
Usually on the treadmill I can go no faster than the 5.0 speed; even that only lasts a minute before I have to slow down to 4.6 or so. On the elliptical I managed to stay at 5.1 for at least a minute at a time. My mile time was 12:25. When I began working out two weeks ago, on the 17th, my mile time was 17:49. So I have taken 5:24 off of my mile time. My goal mile time is 10 minutes.
In one week I will have created a new habit; since apparently habits take 21 days to make or to break. Granted, I have not consecutively worked out for 21 days straight, nor would I (I know my limits), but I know that even when I wasn’t working out for those days I was sick, I was really pissed off at my body for allowing a germ war to start right when I started a really good workout regimen. I WANTED to be at the gym, I felt guilty for not going!
Once I reach my 10 minute goal, I will up my workout to two miles. I am not sure what kind of goal I will have for a two mile time, because I doubt it will take me twenty minutes to go two miles.
I also lifted weights, but I always forget which machines I used. Does it matter? I did it. That’s what matters.
A friend suggested that I drink more water. When you begin a workout, she said, your body releases all sorts of fun stuff, things your body had but did not know – that ranges from endorphins to colds, evidently! So the more you workout, the more water you should intake to flush out the ickies. I’ve been using my husband’s camelbak water bottle but I’m fairly sure he wants it back, so I will buy myself one today while we are out.
I’m looking forward to the weekend being here! Happy two week anniversary of working out to me!