Apparently, this winter envies the Energizer bunny and is attempting to keep going and going and going. After a glorious spring-like day on Sunday, the temperatures plummeted Monday. So, I ended up leaving work early to get Tiny Dancer when the precipitation started. Then on Tuesday, I had to go to work late due to the icy roads. Now, I will confess. I'm extremely terrified of driving in icy conditions. I just have all these horrible images in my head of the colossal, fiery wreck that will happen when I careen out of control off the road. So, when I had to put TD in the car and then travel down a shady, curvy, hilly back road that was coated with slippery death, I about lost my mind. But I inched my way along at 15 MPH until I got her safely to her Nanie. I took a different road to work, and it wasn't so bad, but then again, I didn't have to worry so much now that my heart was out of the car and on her way to Nanie and PaPa's house.
So, the week started bumpy not only weather-wise, but also with my nutrition and exercise. I didn't make it to the gym like I wanted to on Monday and Tuesday (I'll blame that on the weather). I also didn't make great eating choices those two days because when I got home I was so tired and hungry from restricting all day that I just wanted to get a quick dinner. Unfortunately, Monday consisted of this:
|This is only a representation...I had leftover Pizza Hut pizza.|
And Tuesday I got a grilled chicken (with lots of cheese) sandwich from Buffalo Brothers with pasta salad. I also shared an order of artichoke-spinach dip and chips with Cliff. So, I did very badly there as well. But when I finally managed to get my butt to the gym on Wednesday, I began to get my mojo back. I don't have a picture, but Wednesday, I decided to say hello to my old frienemy, Tread Mill. My jog on February 19 clued me in that I have lost a mile. But if I'm going to get back to where I was, I have to work at it. And since it has been so cold, I opted to do my run inside rather than go on the Greenway by work. That will happen very soon. So, anyway, I got on the bane of my existence and followed the same guidelines I had when I ran a couple weeks ago: run for a song, walk for a song. I'm proud to say that I succeeded in alternating running and walking for each song.
My Thursday trip to the gym began with this monstrosity.
|Stairmill, why would I want to climb you?|
I had all intentions of spending my time at the gym blissfully pedaling to my workout playlist. But as I passed by the Stairmill on the gym floor, my mind immediately said "Why not?" So, I found myself climbing stair after stair, which is really odd because I don't like taking the stairs at all. Since my c-section, my left leg has felt kind of weak when I go up the stairs in my own house. But I got in a good 15 minutes on this beastly machine before I decided to trade for time on the stationary bike, as I had originally intended. So, I spent 15 minutes on the moving staircase, and then I got another 18 minutes on a stationary bike. Here are the results from my time on the bike.
Ok, so it's a little hard to read the displays. Basically, I rode for 6.47 miles and burned about 88 calories. Coupled with the 87 calories I had burned climbing stairs, I was cruising at 175. Not a great burn, but not too bad. It's certainly better than sitting at my desk stuffing my face.
As for my nutrition, I have definitely done a lot better since Wednesday. I've stayed within my 1400 calorie limit, and although it has been difficult, I don't feel like I'm starving. I've just gotta stick with it.
So, what's happening today? Well, I'm on track with my food intake, and I made it to the gym for another workout. Today, I opted to get back on the treadmill. I pushed myself a little harder by adding some incline. I also ran a little faster through part of the first song. I think I overextended myself with these things. I was able to get my 2 miles done a tiny bit faster than 30 minutes, but I couldn't do the run/walk alternations between songs after like the fourth song. So, I'm proud that I pushed myself and that I still had decent results, but I really need to work on my pace. Here are the results. I did 31 minutes so I could hit the 200 calorie burn.
Otherwise, I'm just looking forward to the weekend so I can have some uninterrupted time with Tiny Dancer. It has been a long week, and I have really, really missed her.