I had this great idea for goals that would refresh my commitment to working out consistently. I thought it would be fun to commit to five cardio sessions that matched the distance I walked at work during my five day week. I was thinking it didn’t have to be on the exact day…my work week didn’t have to be mirrored by my cardio days.
It’d be a lark!
I mentioned it to The Silver Fox during coffee on Saturday and…he poo-pooed it!
I think it was just to prove a point. Occasionally, he’ll get bristly when I call him things like an enabler or supportive.
I think over correcting gives him a good chuckle.
Me, on the other hand…tell me something isn’t a good idea and dollars to doughnuts, I’ll try and make my point!
Ergo, here’s what happened at work last Sunday:
The 5.5 miles walked at PDX on Sunday meant my cardio goal for the evening was another 5.5 miles on the elliptical at the gym! Of course I needed to make a statement by ensuring at least me work and cardio weeks began on the same day.
On my way home from the gym, I couldn’t stop thinking about the pasta with Italian sausage that I was gonna dive into when I got there.
Somehow, that morphed into a can of Progresso, a bottle of wine and a half bag of Cretor’s. What? I was too wiped out to cook!
At least I can say that 5.5 miles on the elliptical = 633 calories, and I have it on tenuous authority from Little Buddy that a bottle of wine is 620 calories…
So, there’s that.
I put a pin in that lil hurdle and took the day off from the gym.
Tuesday is acupuncture day, so ditto on the day off. I intended to go in at my regular 6:00 am start time and leave at 1:00 that day, get to the gym by 2:00; lift, do some cardio – especially since it was only a 5.1 mile day – and then head home to shower before my 4:45 appointment.
I can have it ALL!!!
Except I forgot about a standing – particularly when I make alternate plans – meeting at 2:00 on Tuesdays.
Fine. Day two off from the gym…but I could make up ground on Friday and Saturday. I mean, it’s not like I wanted to go to the gym every day.
I don’t remember Thursday, although, I do know that it’s my Whine Down with The Fox to detox from my work week and get mentally prepared for my “weekend”. The not so secret ingredient is wine.
Oh, wait…now I remember.
So, how about that Friday workout?!?
I got my lift on with a nice full body workout and then went upstairs to do some cardio. I ended up riding out the full hour, even though that put me in between any of the remaining goals from my work days.
Not just stretching.
More what my dog trainer would call presenting.
I definitely got time for that!
Saturday, I intended a good old lather, rinse, repeat type workout – at least as far as the cardio went. I did a full body workout with weights on Friday, so I was out for recovery on Saturday. The Fox and I did coffee in the morning and then compared notes on the rest of our day.
Me: errands and gym before my grandfather’s 95th birthday outing.
I needed kitty litter.
He: off to the grocery to grab some fixins for an hors d’oeuvre he was taking to dinner that night.
I say “night”, but both of our dinners were starting early. My family’s reservation was at 4:00, because: 95 years old eat early. He was due at his friends’ at 3:00 so that their dogs could play around in the yard while it was still light out.
Somehow, I ended up getting a ride along for my kitty litter errand as he went to the grocery. Oh yeah…it started raining. Like, biblically raining.
We went to Mud Bay, got some litter – he also decided on the impulse to grab some toys for his pup. Then we hop in the car and go after some of what I can only call…the best hummus on the planet. I hope I didn’t undersell that. Seriously, though…if you are in Portland, you need to get a chance to grab some King Harvest Hummus.
You can only get it at a few places. The closest place to us is the New Seasons Market over in the Conway district. As we walked in, they had a yoooge stack out of Juanita’s Tortilla Chips.
Even better are the Chilipeno flavored variety. And they had Sweet Chili and Jalapeno, too. Neither of which I had tried…and they were 2/$5, so…yeah, that happened.
But, I thought it might make a nice lil treat for after the gym.
Until I realized that it was really raining now. I guess I was just kidding about it raining hard earlier. This was a downpour! So, I figured that I could go to the gym after my grandfather’s shindig and plus, if I went to the gym and then had a snack of chips that I can never stop eating, I would probably be too full come dinner time.
Just like I was too full at 7:30 when I got home from dinner. I guess I conveniently failed to factor in that we were eating at The Old Spaghetti Factory. Not exactly light fare.
But, still…27.6 miles walked – briskly, I might add – and 16.5 miles on the elliptical? That ain’t too bad. The Fox was right, I’m not up to matching my walking output on the elliptical yet. Nor am I anywhere near the work/life balance getting to the gym five times in a week requires.
But there’s a goal for the next few weeks!