And probably shouldn't have been.
I walked into the gym last night and the bane of my existence was there. That's right, "The Walker". So I gave him the stink eye and meandered over to the elliptical and got started. Well, usually "The Walker" is walking even after I've done my allotted time so I figured the elliptical was going to be my workout of choice. So I hit it hard. I don't mess around with the elliptical, I had the pace up to between 155 and 160 in no time flat and was owning it.
I was 4:45 minutes into my workout when "The Walker" suddenly stopped walking, wiped down the treadmill and left the "gym". So I figured, "Score!" and at 5:00 minutes exactly, I hopped off the elliptical faster than you can hopping hot tamales and jumped on the treadmill before "Sweaty Guy on the Bike" (yeah, same sweaty guy that likes to scare the crap out of me) decided he wanted the treadmill for himself.
Well I walked for a minute to catch my breath from the elliptical and then started the first 90 second jogging sprint. I noticed I was a little tired but was able to do it no problem. Then it was time for the 3 minute jogging sprint. I was barely able to finish it. I was never so happy for a 3 minute walk to catch my breath and my legs were screaming at me. The second 90 second sprint was a chore and I swear it took all my willpower and all my stubborn muleness to finish the second 3 minute sprint.
All. My. Willpower.
I thought I was going to have a coronary. I wasn't sure how I was going to make myself do my power walk finish that I normally do. However after the three minute walk that follows the jogging sprint I felt a little better and was able to bump up the pace and walk for the allotted time. Words do not describe how GREAT I felt that I was able to force myself to finish that last 3 minute jogging sprint but I'll tell you what -- I will never do the elliptical as a warm up again. Ever.
Last weekend I ended up the proud owner of a ginormous zucchini. My brother and sister-in-law accidentally left it at my house and I "accidentally" didn't remind them to grab it when they left. Well, I sliced up half of that bad boy last night, brushed it with some olive oil, sprinkled it with garlic salt and pepper and grilled them (well fake grilled them -- I don't have a barbecue so I broiled them) and they were soooooo delicious. I ended up eating mostly zucchini last night for dinner.
I also just have to mention how excited I am. My amazing sister, Crystal, got me a subscription to Clean Eating Magazine and it looks awesome. I cannot wait to get my hot little sweaty mitts on it and make something from it. They have a pizza dough recipe online that looks amazing. I'm definitely going to try it.
So a quick recap. "The Walker" continues to be the bane of my existence, I run into "Sweaty Guy on the Bike" more often than I would like these days, grilled zucchini is awesome, my sister Crystal is totally wonderful, and I lost a pant size.
Huh? I didn't mention that earlier? Well I totally did lose the pant size! Yay me!
--Previous Day Tracking --
Exercise - Elliptical Trainer: resistance = 4; average pace = 155; time = 5 minutes and Week 3, Day 1 of C25K program w/ 21 minute power walk -- burning approximately 484 calories
Only Water - Day 53.
Breakfast - Cream of Wheat and sliced bananas
Lunch - Barbecue Chicken and Mozzarella Sandwich, pickle spear, and 1/2 bag of 100 Calorie Right Bites Chocolate Chip Cookies
Mid-Afternoon Snack - Special K Vanilla Almond Cereal w milk and granola bar
Dinner - Teriyaki Pork, Grilled Zucchini, and Garlic Noodles
total calories = approx. 1367
total days = 58
total pounds lost = 21.1