It’s time for a dry week.
A) I don’t think I have had one this quarter/year, or at any rate, actually completed one in quite some time.
B) Fitfy, I realized this morning as I was taking my weekly recycling progress pic to monitor my alcohol consumption, that this blog could also be called “What I’m Drinking” since it seems to be composed of equal parts sweat and booze.
Obviously, sweat and booze would be diametric opposites as far as how they contribute to the physical goal of this blog theme, and I have had a week where I pretty much skipped the gym…so this only seems fair. Also, beneficial.
Not pictured: a growler of beer. No, wait..two. But they were shared. Although, I admit to being the better lubricated of my growler companion (The Silver Fox) and I.
Now, witness the results from this past week – excluding the Monday Night Supper Club wine from last night, since my week seems to be running Sat-Fri. I know! It used to be a Friday-Thursday thing. I’m a procrastinator. Now, look…I’m publishing Sunday. Where will it all end? Also, yes…I know that last night was Saturday, not Monday, but Monday Night Supper Club has moved and I don’t have a set acronym-slash-name for the new night. Diezel and I are working on it.
I’ll take two bottles of wine and not quite a six pack as a week over week improvement. Also, I was too busy/tired to excel at drinking last week.
Ok, enough of the negative – see also: therapeutic – from last week. Let’s get on to the exercise portion of this accountability blog.
My work-week was chaotic, to be sure. But, in all that work mayhem, I still managed to clock 32.7 miles of schlep-walking while at the airport. I call it schlep-walking since I’m generally pushing a cart or rack of something as I make my frenzied way around PDX between my five locations there.
BTW, for all of you curious about my sleep walking, I can report no further incidents. But four nights in a row was plenty for this bout. My sleep walking PR, as best I can attest.
Anyway, schlep-walking gets me a pretty good sweat and heart rate, especially since PDX has got to be the best heated airport ever. But it’s nothing compared to what I accomplished at the gym this week with my cardio. I made friends again with my favorite machine, I’ve been steering clear of it while my knee healed – and I’m still a little wary, but I just couldn’t resist. It’s as close to the ballistic feeling I got from my running workouts, and I need that. Not just physically, but mentally, too. That pounding rhythm I experience in running just clears my mind. Mental shit just bounces off of me when I run, and well, this machine closely emulates that same effect.
There’s barely any time to ogle cute guys working out near me when I use this machine, it focuses me on the goals so much more than the other cardio machines.
800 calories in just under an hour? Yes, please. That knocks a bottle-plus out of my recycling bin!
Don’t judge that 2-setting. I prefer the longer stride – obviously, with these ostrich legs I’ve been given – to the stair stepping motion of the higher 5-setting, but I do mix it up during my workout. I was so motivated and proud of that 800 calorie burn that I went back the next day for an “or die trying” repeat.
Took a few seconds longer to accomplish, but I pulled it off. I admit, I was a little distracted by a guy on to my right in the row ahead of me. But it wasn’t just that he was a HGN (Hot Gay Nerd) but his workout was a bit odd and I was trying to figure out his rhythm.
Outside of those two Festivus-unworthy visits, my week at the gym was pretty lackluster. I told ya, I was busy at work! Sheesh. Let it go.
I did feel the physical and mental changes missing the gym created in me over the course of the week. To keep them slightly at bay, I did a couple of dumbbell mini workouts at home, just for the little endorphin push. They even included some ab work, which I desperately need. I’ve been avoiding my abs as my back pain hasn’t completely subsided and I know I cheat with my back when my abs fatigue.
But, I think my back pain has crossed a line. Now, instead of my back pain being exacerbated by the cheating I do when working out, I think the pain is equally – if not wholly – due to the overall weakness of my core. It’s a phys ed catch-22. My Needle Man has been encouraging strengthening my core, so this week I caved.
Back still hurts.
The last accountability factor from last week is food. It’s so good! Why, why must it be so good? While being busy and drinking less might make one suspect that I ate more emotionally, I have to say…that wasn’t the case. Sure, I failed to take lunch to work with me last week, but what I ate was slightly better than basic burgers and ‘za. There’s that, I suppose. But also, I just ate…less. Eating more is essentially where that emotional eating takes place. It’s never more salad. Maybe salad dressing shots, but not more veggies. It’s always – and I hate using emotionally charged words like that – but it is always chips and popcorn and crap like that. Last week, on my one emotional eating evening, I managed to pair my wine with hummus and carrots instead of chips.
Less booze, better exercise, less and better food. I’ll call 49.8 a win. Now, it’s time to lather, rinse and repeat that bitch.
Off to the gym before dinner at #DanweiCanting with the parentals.