You may have noticed there was no post yesterday. If you did, thank you for not mentioning it!
Yes, I skipped the gym yesterday. (GASP!) I just couldn't do it. I woke up to another 2 pounds gone, though, which made me happy. But, I'm afraid that has a lot to do with the aforementioned stress level as of late, and the fact that I haven't really eaten in about 4 days. I know, that's NOT good, but it's really not intentional. The knot in my stomach just won't let me eat. I tried on Saturday, and basically threw up all day.
So, between the crappy sleep, the high stress, and the no food, my body just said, "I quit." And, I figured I should listen. I don't want to hurt myself somehow by pushing too hard.
This morning, however, I had already decided that come hell or high water, I was dragging my ass to the gym. I was there bright and early, and by 6am, I was on the elliptical. I still felt like I was dragging, but I figured I wasn't going to worry about it. As long as I kept moving for the 65 minutes, I wasn't going to focus on the numbers. Well, yeah, that lasted about 15 minutes. For the next 15 minutes, I just kept telling myself there was no way I was going to hit 5 miles, and I suck. For the next 15 minutes, I really tried to step it up, and I was feeling pretty good. For the last 15 minutes, I realized I just might be able to pull it off if I REALLY stepped it up. Here's where I ended up after 65 minutes:
WHEW!! I was able to hit 5 miles!! I'm not thrilled with the fact that my calories burned keeps going down with my weight, but it is what it is. I suppose I'm still burning calories on the machines, but I have no way to know how many. I just need to stop obsessing over it, huh?
For a couple of reasons, I added a new machine today. First, because my quads have been a bit sore. I actually had to cut back on the Donkey Kicks because for some reason, I REALLY feel it in my quads, even though it's supposed to tone your behind. I only did half today. The second reason for the new machine is that I've been dying to do something for my arms since I started at the gym, but I just didn't know what to do. Today, I sucked it up, and checked out a few machines all by my big self, and decided on the shoulder press machine. I have ZERO upper body strength, so it was tough.
Ab crunches 2x30@50
Straight arm abs 2x30@50
Inner thigh 2x30@60
Outer thigh 2x30@60
Donkey Kicks 15@50
Obliques 30@50 (I only did half of these, too, cuz I was fading fast)
Shoulder press 25@10 (yeah, 10 lbs was all I could handle. sad.)