If you are one of the 55 subscribers to this blog (by the way, THANK YOU!!!!) you know that I enjoy apples and working out. SO lets talk about working out. I love moving now, for the first time in my life. I do circuit training, a boxing class, even ab work. But my favorite workout is the elliptical machine!
I have been going to the gym regularly for the last 8 months now. My workouts have progressed a great deal. When I first started, I would do a 2-7 minute routine and go home. I could not do more than that. It was way to exhausting. At 389, 7 minutes is a lot of work!
The only workout I would do was the treadmill. Sitting on a piece of equipment was too hard, and ab work was out of the question. I would put it on 2 miles per hour and walk as much as I could. I started at 2 minutes, then 5, then 10 and so on. I was seeing progress, and I love any type of progress. I am a believer in moving in the right direction.
When I got to 20 minutes on the treadmill, I had the courage to try the elliptical machine. It looked so fun, and everyone who was on it looked like they had a great workout. So why couldn’t i do it!
About 45 seconds later, I realized why I couldn’t do it. It was WAY to hard! The maximum weight was 350 on the machine, and at the time I tried the elliptical I was 365. I felt like I was failing on this machine!
But I was not going to give up. That is not like me. So the next day, I went for 2 minutes. Then 4. Then 8. I worked my way up to the maximum time limit for my gym, which is 65 minutes, within a month and a half. And I got faster on it, and stronger. I would do different programs, like “fat burner” or “cross country”.
So today, I was getting tired at 20 minutes on the machine, and I realized that I came to far in this journey to give up at 20 minutes. So I went pretty fast. Actually real fast. I went for the full 65 minutes.
Just a FYI, there are two things I need on any piece of cardio equipment for me to do it.
1. I need music. I can not work a machine without music.
2. I need a magazine or a towel to cover the workout time. If I keep on looking at the time I have worked out, I will not be as motivated.
When I was done, I looked and I burned 635 calories. I went 5.31 miles, and 10200 strides. That is the best I have ever done. To think, I was going to quit at 20 minutes!
I went to WW today, and I lost .8 pounds. I was thrilled! As I said, any weight loss is great! And if I could keep enjoying workouts for the rest of my life, I would be very happy!
By the way, what is your favorite workout?