Friday, February 23, 2007
workout barbie...but without the unrealistic body image
i definitely had that when i was younger. and like most workout tapes/dvds that i own, i probably only did it once. haha :)
i'm SO happy its friday. work is stressing me out for some reason. it's not the workload, it's the people i work with. we have two new people on our team and since i am blogging at work, all i will say is they are definitely unique people. moving on...
my legs were so sore yesterday! they felt so stiff and the thought of the gym seemed out of the question to me. but i packed my gym bag anyway. and guess what? i went! my boyfriend has been so helpful with motivating me this week, he reminds me how good i will feel when i'm done. god, i love him :) i did 20 minutes on the elliptical and ran 5 minutes, walked 11 on the treadmill = 35 minutes of cardio. not bad and helped make up for the snacking i did earlier in the day. i logged my workout in my exercise log, that i've been keeping for the past 2 years. i have gone 3 times a week since the beginning of december (not including last week). nice :)
exercise suggestion: i was reading in an exercise mag at the gym that you should set realistic exercise goals if you want to stick with your program. if you don't want to go to the gym everyday then you want to exercise 3-4 times a week. plan on 10 minutes of stretching (i do 5-ish), 10 minutes of warmup/light excertion (again, i do 5), 30 minutes of cardio (i do 35-45 mins...sometimtes more), 10 minutes of stretching/cooldown (definitely do not do this). if you have little free time or like to exercise in spurts, try for 15-20 minutes of cardio a day with 5-10 minutes of stretching/warmup/etc. note to self: start working on stretching after working out.
i also read...if you are feeling unmotivated, just make yourself go to the gym and change into your workout clothes. then come out and take in your surroundings. if at that point you still want to go home, go home. 9 out of 10 people STAY at the gym.
so far i've been good on my lenten promise (i gave up drinking during the week...i like wine with dinner and the occasional happy hour but i hate those empty calories). tonight is the weekend though and i will be going out for some bowling & a couple drinks with my boyfriend and my sister :)
hopefully 5pm will get here soon...
good luck to salma on her 25 minute run! you can do it!!