Sunday, January 22, 2012

To go to the gym or not to go to the gym...that is the question

Happy Sunday my Lovelies,

Today I was very tired.  I had to talk myself into going to the gym.  I know you're surprised, but this happens often.  I have lots of items on my To Do list.  Lots.  It would have been soooo easy to skip it.  After church I was this close to running to lunch first.  I did not, because I knew that I would talk myself out of working out if I did.  Instead I went straight to the gym.

I was planning on Wednesday as my day of rest.  I was supposed to have a book discussion for church that night.  But, we learned today that the books have not come in so we will not.  Then today is a good day to skip the gym.  You have soooo much to do.  Come on, you deserve a day off.

That was the former fat girl talking.  The newer fit girl argued back.  It's Sunday and you can get more time in at the gym than you can on a week night.  You can still take Wednesday off.  Or use tomorrow's Belly Dancing night as your day off.  Get your ass to the gym and quit stalling.

I put in two hours.  Treadmill.  Leg weights. Treadmill.  I will tell you about one observation.  I do applaud everyone for going to the gym, but if you aren't working out properly it's only going to harm you.  An overweight couple came in and hit the weights for 35 minutes and then left.  They did not do any stretching before or after.  There was no cardio.  I know what they are thinking.  They feel stronger on the weights and the cardio is a reminder of how out of shape they are.  I did that many a time when I started.  I still forced myself on the treadmill to stretch when I learned the importance, but I kept it at a minimal at the very beginning.  Don't forget the stretch!  Don't forget the cardio.  The cardio will burn the fat.  It's gonna suck at first.  I'm not gonna lie.  But, if you are consistent and push yourself, it will get better.  I promise.

So here's the bonus.  I had a little under four hours when I got home before I had to go out again.  I killed it.  I knocked of 5 things off of my To Do list.  GO ME!  Time management is key.  So I got my workout in and I got some stuff on my list done.  It's a good day.

While I was knocking off my To Do list I was also prepping dinner.  I love Chili Sundays.  I toss everything in the crockpot and let it cook while I'm doing things.  I also make plenty so that I can freeze it for the rest of the week.  I used my new Morning Star crumbles for my "meat".  No cooking necessary.  Love it.  One less step.  It was delicious.  Yum Yum YUM!

Sunday nights we have a church event at a local coffee bar.  They offer us the leftover pastries for free and I've been using that as my sweets splurge for the week.  I also discovered their mint hot chocolate. Oh heck yeah, that's what I'm talking about!  Last week I got a large.  It was way too rich and I didn't have any water with me.  So tonight I brought a water bottle and got a small.  I was quite happy.  And my pastry splurge: White Chocolate Coconut Scone....Well worth the wait.

I know I promised my notes from the Renew Restore Resolve seminar.  I haven't forgotten.  I have just misplaced my notes.  DOH.  I will find them and tell you all about it this week.  I promise!

So before I go I want to share my giggle for the weekend.  Yes, the gym is full of young studs. I'm old enough to be a lot of their mothers, but they don't know that.  One young stud at the desk was flirting with me on Friday and was checking me out yesterday and today.  I'm not gonna lie, it was sweet.  Still too young for me, but definitely made me feel good :-)

****Please note****
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  1. how awesome you spent 2 hours at the gym. I'm jealous, I wish I could do that. I need to step it up a bit I guess. And I am, bad I never stretch... though I do a ton of cardio =)