Tonight was a struggle going to the gym, and working out once at the gym. I had a big wonderful hour run/walk on Sunday, and woke up Monday with a very sore muscle on my left quad. It made driving my manual truck very very difficult. Lifting my leg every time I had to engage the clutch was a challenge, to say the least! Today was just as bad. Between feeling like I wanted to stay home and recover (ie, not go to the gym! what an amazing excuse!) and feeling a tiny bit under the weather (an almost headache, and a general bad attitude), I had to talk myself into going. Luckily my partner in crime, J, said I needed to go. So we both went.
It was hard, I have to admit. I didn’t make it the full 60 minutes, but I was close. I didn’t make it to 600 calories which was my goal, but barely made it to 500, and even that much was pushing it. Running was hard. I did intervals, 3 minutes running, low speed (4.5 to 4.7), and 1 minute walking. I figured if I was going to go slow, I should not give myself a lot of recovery time. Ugh. Hard. But I did it. I persevered and continued my streak. I’ve been at the gym non-stop since Thursday, and I’m planning on going in Weds night for more weights.
Heart rate was consistently 158-168 the entire time I ran. I sweat a lot, and my face took forever to stop being beet red. I think it’s about time I brought a towel! My shirt is getting gross with all the sweat wiping I was doing. You can say it with me…EW!
I’m going in to the gym now with the attitude that I need to do an hour of cardio. My last stint at the gym, over 2 1/2 years ago, I would do 30-40 minutes of cardio, very rarely an hour. I think increased time and higher frequency (more than 3 times a week!) should be paying off. We shall see.
Oh, and I came home and was not very interested in eating. In fact, some foods seemed gross, almost nauseating. Have you ever had that? Does it mean something? I still ate dinner, and I feel good for having done so, but I could easily have skipped the meal. I figured I would regret it later if I didn’t, either later tonight, or tomorrow morning. It was at least healthy: tofu bun – thin vietnamese rice noodles (rehydrated in water, no oil, no fat), raw lettuce, raw carrots julienned, raw cucumber julienned, chopped peanuts, and tofu slices pan-fried in olive oil (after dipping in corn starch), topped with a tamarind/fish sauce, and a little hoisin for dipping the tofu into. I think I have to make the sauce a little sweeter, maybe some honey? It is just a little too sour from the tamarind, and J’s trying to keep the sugar content down, so he almost put no palm sugar in it at all.
Ok, need to get some rest, lately I have had the hardest time getting up in the morning, I feel like I need extra sleep with all the gym time. Every morning I feel like I will die if i don’t get an extra 2 hours. I’m surprised I’ve made it in on time to work!!!