Monday, December 31, 2012


I had to cut it short again today.  I think I may have overdone it on the machines.  That's what Magnum said anyway.  He said I shouldn't be doing them everyday.  Well, not the same ones everyday.  My legs were just kinda dead today, even when I was on the elliptical, which I TOTALLY love.  I'm seriously becoming addicted.  I felt like I was moving in slow motion for the whole hour, but I was pleasantly surprised to see my numbers weren't really that low.  I skipped the machines today, however, which makes me feel a bit like a slacker.  But, my left thigh is pretty sore today, and I didn't want to take a chance at hurting myself.

608 calories
3.57 miles
65 minutes

7883+ calories
51+ miles (WOW!!  That's kind of amazing, considering I've only been going to the gym for 15 days!)

I just realized that these totals are my 2012 Totals.  Maybe I'll start fresh tomorrow?  Yes, the gym is open tomorrow, just not until 7am.  That's ok, we may just sleep in tomorrow. :)

Sunday, December 30, 2012


Cut the day a little short today.  I was woken up around 3am by a killer migraine.  I tried to wait it out, and didn't head to the gym at our usual 6am, but by 10am, I figured I'd better just suck it up and go.  I only cut the machines down, not my cardio, since Lord knows, I can't afford to miss out on one second of fat burning.

610 calories
3.63 miles
65 minutes
Donkey Kicks 1 set of 20 @ 20 lbs
Obliques 1 set of 20 @ 20 lbs

7275+ calories
47.43+ miles

Saturday, December 29, 2012


613 calories
3.72 miles
65 minutes
Donkey Kicks 2 sets of 20 @ 20 lbs
Obliques 2 sets of 20 @ 20 lbs

I was just getting into the groove when we had to leave. >:(
I went to the gym with Magnum today, who actually finished before me.  He was in a hurry to get over to his parents.  I feel like I could have easily worked out for another hour and a half.  I'm scaring myself now!!

6665+ calories
43.8+ miles

Friday, December 28, 2012


Hi, gang.  Sorry, I know I missed a few days of posts, but rest assured, I have NOT missed any days at the gym.

On Christmas Eve, I actually went to the gym twice.  I knew they were going to be closed on Christmas Day, so I wanted to get a little extra work done.  The first time I went, I had a 6am appointment with the personal trainer.  Unfortunately, I didn't record what I did because we were all over the gym.  She was showing me how to use the different machines and weights, as well as some cardio machine that I hadn't tried yet.  It's sort of a combination of a stepper and an elliptical.  It looked really hard, which is why I hadn't tried it on my own.  I was right, it's hard.  I haven't used it again since.  I have to work my way up to it, I think.  For now, I've been sticking to the elliptical.  I think I may be addicted to it.

Anyway, I was there with the trainer for an hour.  I wanted to stay for another hour to get my "real" workout in, but I also needed to get to Sam's Club right when they opened, so I left and went back around 10am.  I recorded that workout.  

607 calories
3.57 miles
65 minutes

I also did my Tae Bo tape on Christmas Eve, just to make up for no gym on Christmas.  I have no idea how many calories that burned, but I hope it was a lot. =)

615 calories
3.53 miles
65 minutes

608 calories
3.49 miles
65 minutes
This day I added a couple of weight machines.  I don't know the "real" names of these machines, so I just made up my own.
Donkey Kicks 2 sets of 20 on each leg
Obliques machine 2 sets of 40 on each side
I had both of these machines set at the lowest weight (I think it's 10 lbs?) since it was the first time I was using them.

617 calories
3.78 miles
65 minutes
Donkey Kicks 2 sets of 20 on each leg, with an additional 10 lbs added
Obliques 2 sets of 20 on each side at 10 lbs, 2 sets of 20 on each side with 10 lbs added.

6052+ calories
40.08+ miles

I'm still trying to figure out how I want to do these totals.  It seems weird to do a "grand total" for every day since I've started.  I'm thinking I should do it week by week, or maybe even monthly totals.  In the meantime, I like seeing these big numbers. =)

I'm going to try and ignore the fact that the scale hasn't moved, despite my dedication to the gym.  I'm going to focus on the fact that I feel like a million bucks.  I never understood people who said they were "addicted" to exercise and going to the gym.  However, I gotta confess, I totally get it now.  I LOVE going to the gym.  God willing, that feeling will last.  I can't wait to get there in the morning.  When I leave an hour and a half later, I just want to go back in and do it all over again.  Since the trainer showed me how to use the machines, I've been adding some time to my workout, and plan to add more each day.  Magnum doesn't go every day, but on the days that he joins me, he works out about 30 minutes longer than I usually do.  Up until now, I would just sit and wait, but now I plan to use that extra half hour or so to use more machines.  I'm not quite ready to join him in the weight room, but soon I hope.  He keeps telling everyone who gets within earshot that I'm going to be bikini ready by summer.  Goof ball. 

Sunday, December 23, 2012



602 calories
3.39 miles
65 minutes

>3605 calories
>25.71 miles

I was thinking maybe I would do a running total by week.  But, I do like seeing the big numbers when I do an all-time total.  Any thoughts?

BTW, I finally got a comment yesterday, and it was SPAM!  That's what I get for not using word verification. :(

Saturday, December 22, 2012


Did the elliptical again today.  How could I not, when I saw the difference in calories burned yesterday!?

601 calories
3.35 miles
65 minutes

>3003 calories
> 22.32 miles

Not bad for one week, huh?  Let's just hope I can keep it going.

BTW, I see there were 40 page views for yesterday's post, yet not one stinkin' comment.  Come on, people, show me some love!!  Truthfully, I'm just curious as to who gives enough of a crap to click over here, that's all. =)

Friday, December 21, 2012


I decided to just go ahead and start a second blog dedicated to this journey toward a healthier me.  This way you won't have to suffer through the boring stuff when you're over at the other blog.  (You're welcome!)  I've decided to keep my ticker on both blogs, though, since I need to be held (publicly) accountable.

I'm not exactly sure how I want to set this up quite yet.  I know I want to track my exercise, as well as my weight loss.  So far, I've been recording my daily calories burned, distance and time.  I guess I'll start there for now, and play the rest by ear.

I've only belonged to the gym for 6 days now.  So far, this is what I've done:

12/15/12 Treadmill
300+ calories
3+ miles
53 minutes

(I feel like I need to explain these weird numbers.  This was the morning I joined the gym.  While I was getting the tour, and filling out the paperwork, Magnum went and started his workout.  [He joined about 2 weeks before me]  When I was finished "joining," I decided to jump right in and get on the treadmill.  However, I wasn't sure how much longer Magnum needed, so I set it for 30 minutes.  When the 30 minutes was up, he happened to wander over to check on me, and said he needed another 15-20 minutes, so I set the treadmill for another 15 minutes.  The treadmill automatically programs in a "cool down" period, which explains the weird number of minutes.  Also, it didn't occur to me that day to record the info on my phone, so I just tried to remember the actual numbers.  Yeah, well, my brain is too old for that!  The next day, I started making notations on my phone's notepad.  Magnum is "old school," and literally carries a little pad of paper with him to write his notes.)

12/16/12 Treadmill
379 calories
3.24 miles
65 minutes (60 minute "workout" + 5 minute "cool down")

12/17/12 Treadmill
361 calories
3.09 miles
65 minutes

12/18/12 Treadmill
378 calories
3.22 miles
65 minutes

12/20/12 Treadmill
384 calories
3.3 miles
65 minutes

12/21/12 Elliptical
600 calories (whooey!  Guess I'd better stick to the elliptical!)
3.12 miles
65 minutes

So far, in the past 6 days, I've:
burned >2,402 calories
walked >15.85 miles
ellipticalled (?) 3.12 miles  (what would you call it?  It's not walking, it's not running, I don't know!)

I'm going to see if I can find a ticker to track these totals, cuz I'm WAY to lazy to add them myself everyday.