Day 2 - Cardio

Wella well. I have emerged from my comfy warm bed victoriously this morning to wander downstairs to workout on the elliptical. I did 35 minutes at 15% incline and resistance 2. I kept in the endurance range on the RPM (60-70 RPM)and i must say - the last 5 minutes were tough, as my muscles were fatigued. I wanted to do 40 at high speed, but I chose to 35 full out and then 4 more minutes at a low speed for a cooldown, just to make sure I didn't over do it too much. I don't want to do too much too fast and hurt myself. It will take a few weeks to build up to the 45 minutes at high speed that I used to do, but it wasn't terrible. I didn't get short of breath and kept a good pace. The elliptical says I burned 495 calories. I have no idea how accurate that is, but it is encouraging. I can tell I pushed myself a bit yeaterday as my major muscles have that ache you get when you've pushed them a bit. It's nice to have a tangible reminder of what you've's a *good* kind of stiff. :)

I've decided that I will pick different music I haven't heard in a while as workout tracks every week to keep me motivated. This morning was Ganga Giri, who I stumbled upon last summer. They are an electronic/dance band I saw at Shambhala...great stuff to get you moving. I love the internet...because I was looking for a video or audio clip from them to post here and lo and behold there is a clip from the ACTUAL show I saw them at :) Life is cool sometimes! Have a listen...

I've had a good breakfast, and am sitting here with my water bottle, ready for the day. I feel so...good. :)
Last night I got some more organizing done downstairs...we started to move the computer area upstairs a long long time ago...and then got busy...and then discouraged, but for some reason last night I felt like attacking it...and quite honestly because my parents are coming in a bit and I don't want them to comment on how the area they helped me renovate LAST Christmas still hasn't been fully relocated and organised yet. It is ridiculous what you can ignore when you are busy/determined/lazy enough. :) It feels good to get it done.
Last night I had our bread robot make some potato bread. YUM. I love just loading it up, walking away and then coming back ~4 hours later to yummy bread :) I tried to make a healthy supper...but made too much of it. I have to work on portions. Pita "pizzas" made with pitas topped with pesto, spinach, feta and peppers and baked were yummy and healthy...but having 3 of them (I was starving) sort of negates the whole health factor! Ah well...I won't beat myself up about it. I have to focus on just learning to make less or putting less on my plate...cuz if it is there, I will eat it. Portion size is always my downfall...
Have a great day all. I'm off to the lab.


Tom Bailey said...

You are doing GREAT by focusing on music it is a great way to keep your mind distracted in a positive way.

You talked about building up your minutes. One thing I have found works for me in building up is building up for 2 workouts and pulling back for 1. Say 30, 32, 25,34, 36, 30 or something like that. It is slower but less diappointment so that you get recovery time. I found that if I went too hard my dropoffs were too drastic.

Keep going.

Geosomin said...

That's a good idea. I know in increasing run times you do slow, then long, then medium for run lengths in a week. I should use that in my workouts too.
Thanks for the encouragement :)