My Progress

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Fat Tuesday


Another holiday specifically about eating rich foods and drinking to excess? Really? *sigh* Whatever. People here at the lab are celebrating today by bringing in lots of decadent, colorful desserts and crock pots full of spicy deliciocity. I must admit, they make my poor little lunch of cheezits, fruit, yogurt, string cheese, pickles and baby carrots look kind of sad, but I don't care. I've tasted that kind of stuff before. Many times. I have never once in my entire adult life tasted what life could be like as a thin, fit me. That's the kind of perspective it takes me to exercise some willpower and self-control.

Speaking of exercise, yesterday was interesting. I seem to have lost my telemetry strap, so I worked out for 55 minutes (5 more than usual; I'm a month or so away from 1-hour non-stop ellippin') with no warnings to slow down to decrease my heartrate. It was strangely liberating. I am kind of obsessive about numbers, particularly when it comes to my weight loss, so it was interesting to see how I responded to the situation (subconsciously and otherwise). I ran harder than I normally do, maintaining a 7.0mph pace the entire time. I was pretty impressed with myself when I finished my workout at just shy of 6 ½ miles. That's faster than a 9-minute mile pace. When I was on the 7th grade football team, I couldn't run a 9-minute mile (let alone 6 consecutive miles). Of course, this was on the elliptical, master of low impact running. I doubt I could do anywhere near this well in a real-world scenario, but the point is I am improving.

I'm not looking forward to my workout today. My mp3 player was warning me about low batteries near the end of my run yesterday, and I forgot to charge it last night. I'll have TV, so it won't be mind-numbingly boring, but I draw a lot of motivation and pace-setting from my music. Tomorrow is take two at Zumba (I think; they said she's rotating to pilates or yoga soon). That'll be another solid workout for sure. If you don't hear from me again in a while, I may be dead from tempting the beast that is Zumba again. Don't be worried, though. There is an AED just a few feet from me when I do it.

And don't worry about me falling prey to temptation on this dubious holiday. I've had enough fat Tuesdays (and Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, etc) to last a lifetime.

3 comments:

Jim said...

You said:
"I'm not looking forward to my workout today. My mp3 player was warning me about low batteries near the end of my run yesterday, and I forgot to charge it last night. I'll have TV, so it won't be mind-numbingly boring"

That's interesting. I gave all my TVs away 4 years ago, in order to spend more time reading books (and the Internet).

For me, it's television that is "mind-numbingly boring."

twinkelydots said...

WTG on ignoring the buffet stuff. Rather than feeling guilty about your choices you can feel fantastic!

Tony said...

"I have never once in my entire adult life tasted what life could be like as a thin, fit me. That's the kind of perspective it takes me to exercise some willpower and self-control."

I love these couple of lines. It's a GREAT perspective to have.