Thursday, October 22, 2009

Back in the Saddle

I seem to be over my various ailments now. I don't have any more excuses to avoid exercise or eating on plan. Today I joined a gym. Well, I joined the community rec center that has a fitness room. It's a bit run down and the exercise equipment is kind of shoved in a storage closet area, but it works and it's cheap. They have about 20 cardio machines like bikes and elliptical things. They also have a bunch of weigh lifting equipment that I have no idea how to use. I'm going to have to do some research on that.

Anyway, I promised myself 20 minutes and I decided to try one of the elliptical things with the swinging arm bars. They have pre-programmed workouts, so I punched the one called "weight loss" and went to it. Holy shit! That was hard. Sweat was pouring off me. I wanted to quit so bad but I promised 20 minutes. Let me tell you, I didn't do one second more! I can see why the gym is better than doing stuff on your own. The programs or settings won't let you cheat and go half-ass. If the treadmill says 3 mph, you better do it or you're going to fall on your face. This was a good decision.

I commit to going every weekday morning. I'm going to drop off the kids at school and go right to the rec center first thing. No excuses. No detours.

1 comment:

  1. I find that's how you have to do it - build it into your schedule. Not "if I have time today I will..." but say, "from this time to this time I will work out." I did it while I wasn't working - 30 minutes a day - part of my routine. Now that I'm back to work, I have no exercise routine - if I was truly dedicated I could find it - but I'm not, so I don't. Give yourself little rewards for making 5 times a week - something that you consider a treat but that doesn't throw off your diet plan - like a cup of coffee or a sub or something. you know - extrinsic rewards.