Wednesday, June 3, 2009

The Gym: A Quick Update

So, it's been almost a month now since I joined the Y, and I'm pretty proud of myself. Not only have I moved up to working out on the elliptical trainers, rather than the treadmill, but I've also managed to make it up to 30 minutes on the elliptical, followed by some weight training every time I go. I've gone a minimum of two times a week since I joined - yay!!! I've even done two exercise videos since my exercise kick started. And I have seen some results, which is nice. Unfortunately, I didn't start keeping track until a few weeks into my workout adventures, but I have officially lost at least 5 pounds. Woo! Only another 85 to go! Yes, my goal really is to lose 90 pounds. Given that I was overweight before I got pregnant, and am still carrying at least 20 pounds of pregnancy weight, 90 sounded like a nice round number. It would put me in the appropriate weight range for a woman of my age and height, so that's what I'm working towards, slowly but surely.
I don't love working out, I'll be honest. It's not fun. I don't like to sweat. And if you're not sweating, you're not working hard enough, I think. The TVs on the cardio machines help - especially when there's marathons of Real Housewives on or good episodes of What Not to Wear. And having a workout buddy makes a world of difference - she keeps me motivated, and makes me accountable (as far as showing up is concerned, at least) to someone other than me, which is helpful.

I like how I feel when I get on the scale and see the numbers shrinking, though. That's definitely a nice feeling. And I know I'm taking care of myself by doing this, which I'm proud of.

BTW, this is so not me in the picture!!! Fortunately, there are pictures of me while exercising. They would so not be pretty. But this is the kind of machine I use, so it gives you sort of the right idea. :)

6 comments:

Kris said...

Awesome!! Stopping in from SITS and I noticed you were trying to lose weight too...I've got a little thing going on at my blog if you would like to come check it out--THE BLOGGEST LOSER is what it's called lol...hope to see you there!

Kristin said...

Ugh. I haven't been brave enough to get back to the gym post bambino. Been doing the work out at home thing. Way to be!

Margo said...

That's quite a goal. I struggle with the 20 I have to get rid of. But getting out and going to the gym is a great start.
Have you checked out Spark People? I am really bad about checking in there, but when I do, I actually see a difference. They really help with keeping track of how many calories you consume each day, and how many of those calories you're actually getting rid of through exercise. I need to get back over there again. Time to get serious. lol.

kyooty said...

GO you!!! you know eventually you WILL like the exercise, I get "cravings" for it once in a while, if you can belive that? it does happen!! :)

iheartbowheads.blogspot.com said...

You rock! I really am working on getting my cupcake button up and going! :)

Anyway - I am FINALLY working on my award post - passing on the award you gave me and giving you an award! It will be up in a minute (or an hour - depends on how I do and how much I get interrupted :)

Christy said...

Hi - I'm about to enter the fourth week of a work out regime and it is KICKING MY BUTT. Good for you for getting yourself to the gym and losing weight. It's so incredibly hard, isn't it. I'm going to lose 60 pounds - close to 90. We can do this together - virtually! I write about my progress every Monday - I'll tune in and encourage you too.

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