Today I had a great Bikram workout! I pushed it really hard and it felt fantastic! I love it when I actually feel like I am advancing in some of the difficult poses! I also walked there and back, a total of at least an hour walk!
Today I decided to go to a spinning class. It was a great, hard workout. I am currently working on closing on our first home and wedding planning like a crazy person. So, in other words, I really needed a hard work out....And I definitely got one!
This morning I forced myself out of bed to run the 6-7 mile Lake Union Loop. It took all my energy to get out that door and during the first mile, I considered turning back, but I am so glad I did it! I read a quote once that said something like, "you can regret staying in bed, but you will never regret a work out". That could not be more true!
729 calories burned
Later today, my sister Breanne and I went on a 2 hour walk around the city! Another 600 calories burned.
Tonight I ran the 6-ish mile Lake Union Loop. I went the opposite way then I used to, which starts with a long steep hill. So, I was really tired the entire run, and you can tell by my calories burned!
So, I went out to run my little 3 mile run. But, I walked out of my apartment with the wrong set of keys! It was 7:15 and Eddie didn't get off work until 8! I did what any runner who didn't want to stand around cold does, I ran for an hour! I ran the South Lake Union Loop. I have been having problems with my IT band, so I told myself as soon as it started hurting, I would stop. But it didn't hurt me the entire time! I am so excited! I finished my 6 mile run right as Eddie got home. It was the perfect workout!
Tonight I did Bikram for the first time in about 2 weeks. Last time I did it, I felt terrible afterwards so I was really nervous. But, the class went great and I felt wonderful afterwards! It reminded me again how much I really love Bikram!
Eddie and I went to Vancouver BC this weekend. We had a fantastic time!
My Fiance is fantastic, and since he knows how much my world is not complete without a little work out, he surprised me with a... Can you believe this... A workout hotel room! Our room was complete with a treadmill, Pilates equipment and weights! It was fantastic!
With that said, I ran about 3 miles every day in Vancouver!!
Friday- 31 minute run 305 calories burned
Saturday- 30 minute run 277 calories burned
Sunday- 33 minute run 327 calories burned
Also, every single day we walked almost the entire day and even went biking on Saturday around Stanley Park!
I am a big believer in having a little coffee before a work out. I really see a difference in my work outs. I can push just a little harder and longer.
I am really not surprised at all of the hype about the use of caffeine and work outs. It has been getting a lot of press lately though. I even saw it on the local news. I thought this was a good article about it's positive effects.
Please note: I said a "little" coffee. Do not have a large drip coffee too soon before your workout... that will NOT improve your workout! If you are like me, you will get very very sick.
Today my Fiance, Ed, and I went on a hike up the Rattle Snake Ridge in North Bend. It was beautiful out and a great little hike. It was about an hour up and an hour down. At the top there was still a bit of snow, which meant a lot of mud. It was quite the obstacle course.
This morning I went on a run around Lake Union with Breanne. It was FINALLY beautiful out and it felt great to run outside. The run is a little over 6 miles. At about mile 5 I started getting some serious knee pain again. So I was forced to walk the last mile. I guess I have a lot more recovering to do than I thought. It still felt great to get out there and run though. It is hard when your lungs can do it but your body isn't ready yet.
For today's workout I did a 60 minute step and weight lifting class. It was great to do and I needed it! I don't do half as much weight lifting as I should. Right before class I squeezed in 10 minutes on the stair climber.
I never thought of myself as "fat". I knew I was out of shape, but to tell you the truth I didn't care. I was the chubby kid, always have been. I really thought that was just the way I am. I didn't work out in high school. I tried Cross Country one year and finished last every single race, besides once because someone else didn't finish.
I went to college and did the opposite from taking care of myself. I ate fattening sorority food and drank... A LOT. I came out even "chubbier".
Around November, I don't know why, but I can only explain it as a "wake up call". I seriously woke up one day and realized I didn't want to be like this my whole life. So I started working out. I started using the elliptical for 20 minutes and was barely being able to make it.
Now, I am working out almost every day and obsessed with making myself as fit as possible.
Since then, I've lost about 45 pounds and 4 jean sizes. I feel phenomenal!
You'll be able to read my frustrations and accomplishments. And hopefully I can help to motivate you too!
Welcome to the wonderful world of being physically fit!