Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Thank God for great friends much for getting my mojo back...

I've been slacking again.  I keep making excuses to myself to rationalize my missing the gym.  But, I know it's all just bull.

The night I last posted, I went and bought a new bed.  I stupidly set up delivery for the next day instead of waiting until I moved the old bed out, ripped out the disgusting carpeting and painted the walls.  My delivery window was 9am-1pm.  So, I clearly didn't go to the gym that morning. 

I was up and moving first thing in the morning, to strip the old bed, take it out of the room, vacuum the colony of dust bunnies that took up residency under the old bed, dust all the furniture, and move some of it, as I decided to rearrange the whole layout of the room.  I also brought the huge TV from my living room into the bedroom and replaced the little one that was in there.  I then set up Magnum's ENORMOUS big screen in the living room.  I tried to tell myself that all of that was a pretty good workout in and of itself.  By the time they finally showed up at almost 1!, and set up the entire shebang, it was late afternoon.  Then, I had to make the bed, and rearrange a few more things.  I was wiped out by the time I finished.  So, yeah, I'm counting that as a workout for the day!

I made it to the gym Saturday morning (numbers below) and then I had lunch with an old friend.  He totally made my day with his reaction to my new size.  I hadn't seen him in person since right before I started this little adventure, so he last saw me at my worst.

Sunday, I made more excuses.  We go to church every Sunday, so unless I go at the crack of dawn, I can't do it in the morning.  Then, this Sunday, after church, we went to Indiana to my cousin's house for a cookout.  Another day shot to hell.

That brings us to Monday.  I didn't mention that there was a little hole in my brand new mattress.  I immediately called the mattress store, and they arranged for the replacement to be delivered on Monday.  Same delivery window, so another morning I couldn't go to the gym.  After the new mattress came (much earlier this time, and only needed about 10 minutes from start to finish) I decided to go shopping for new bedding.  That basically took the entire afternoon.

Yesterday, I decided to spend most of the day in my new bed.  I hadn't slept at all the night before, so I climbed into bed after Magnum went to work, and basically just stayed there.  It was a dreary, gloomy, rainy day, which is perfect for a day in bed.  I got up around lunchtime, though, and did some stuff around here, including making one of my favorite crock pot dinners.  But, all and all, not a very "physical" day.

Now, today?  I thought for sure I'd be missing the gym again, since my brother called me at about 7:30 this morning.  He wanted me to meet him and Monkey for breakfast.  That took a weird turn, and needless to say, we didn't finish until about 11.  I decided I would run a few errands, which included a trip to Menards.  When I came home, I did some things around the yard with the stuff I picked up at Menards.  I started to accept the fact that this was going to be yet ANOTHER day of missing the gym. 

I went so far as to put my workout clothes on, but just kept putting off the gym.  But then, a friend called and turned the day around.  (She's a fellow Hell-Hole escapee!)  She called to tell me that she's been lurking here, and on my other blog, and wanted to tell me how proud she was of me, how amazed she is by my progress, and how great she thinks I look.  It changed my whole afternoon.  After we talked for a while, we said our good byes, and I headed straight to the gym for a hell of an awesome workout!

So, Liz, if you're lurking again, I just want to say "THANK YOU!" for getting me up and moving!!!

Ok, here are the numbers:

I tried the treadmill again, but it didn't go well.  Between the workout on Thursday, and then moving furniture all day on Friday, I just couldn't do it.  I only spent 15 minutes on the treadmill.  5 minutes walking, 5 jogging, then 5 walking again.

137 calories
1.13 miles
15 minutes

482 calories
4.57 miles
50 minutes
Ab crunches 2x30@65
Straight Arm Ab 2x30@80
AbCoaster 30 reps forward, 30 on right, 30 on left (Today, someone had left all 4 plates on the machine, so I left it that way.  I didn't really notice a difference.)
Inner thigh 2x30@105
Outer thigh 2x30@100
Pull Downs 2x30@50
Shoulder press 30@10, 4x15@10
Obliques 2x30@80

645 calories
7.03 miles (again, thanks, Liz!!)
Ab crunches 2x30@65
Straight Arm Ab 2x30@80
AbCoaster 30 reps forward, 30 on right, 30 on left (There were only 3 plates on it today.  Since I don't really know how to change it, I left it that way.  However, today I think I figured out the secret to the machine, and I really felt it.)
Inner thigh 2x30@105
Outer thigh 2x30@100
Pull Downs 2x30@50
Shoulder press 2x30@10, 4x15@10 (woo hoo!  I was able to add another set of 30 straight!)
Obliques 2x30@80

Walking/Running Totals
17.25 miles

2013 Elliptical Totals
42,235 calories
362.03 miles


  1. Funny how easy it is to put off and make excuses!
    Glad you were able to get motivated by an old co-worker :)
    Happy 4th!

  2. Well ... I for one am INCREDIBLY proud of (and motivated by) you! A couple of "off" days are nothing to beat yourself up about... I know you will be back on your horse before you know it! Hope you having a good 4th.

  3. Sounds like very normal behavior if you ask me. I too have been slacking off....and boy do I have some awesome excuses!! I have to ask, what is your favorite crock pot dinner....I could use some new idea's!

    Way to get back, I will use you as my inspiration tomorrow when I drag my sorry ass off to the gym!