Saturday, June 11, 2011

I did What?

Guess what I did last night?  While I was out walking, I thought I would give jogging a try. I did 3, 30 second intervals. May not sound like a lot, but for me it was a lifetime. Really got my heart-beat pumping! And surprisingly it wasn't painful. I've tried jogging on the treadmill before. You know, in the privacy of my own home where no one from the outside world can see me make a complete fool of myself. It was always very painful. Now that I am getting stronger, it really wasn't that bad! Now that I know I can do it, I plan on doing more with each of my walks.  

Catching up on this week. My plans were as follows: 

The plan for the rest of the week is as follows:
Tomorrow (Tuesday) I'm going to walk outside for my cardio.  Done!

Wednesday will be a personal training session. Done! Didn't get the extra time on the bike as I would have liked, but didn't miss my training. 

Thursday and Friday is still up for discussion with Dorothy (my new trainer). She is going to work on getting some workout instructions ready for me. Thursday I was really sore from working my arms so much at the gym. I took the day off.   Friday I hit the road for a walk with a little jog then I did my crunches. 

Today I hit-the-gym. I have to admit I almost chickened out. I'm used to working out in a small, quiet gym with only a few people there at a time. When I pulled in to the gym this morning, the parking lot was JAMMED!  Seriously. I thought "no way! I shouldn't have changed gyms! There is no way I can do this!" Then I told myself "shut-up and get in there! You're here now, you may as well make the most of it. Besides, most of these cars are probably people playing tennis." 
And in I walk. I scan my card, then make my way back to the workout room, passing the DARK tennis courts. I was mortified. Now I am  thinking about turning the corner to face the gym and all the people in the gym who are facing me. Crap. Now I am in it. I turn the corner, I see all the people working out and think "awww, it's not that bad."  There were 2 classes going on in the back of the room. One muscle head kid and one older man with the weights. A bunch of young-pretty things on the treadmills and elliptical and two older people on the bikes. I shrug it all off and know I've got it. I hopped on a bike, turned my ipod on and away I went. I completed 15 minutes on the bike, then did my upper body workout. 

I did have a brief encounter with the muscle head kid. He was nice enough and I made him chuckle. The older man was watching me workout. That made me a little uneasy but I just went on about my business.  At the end of my workout, I was stretching in the back of the room where two older ladies (60's?) were also stretching. They stopped to tell me how wonderful it was that I was in the gym working out. Part of me wanted to be mad that they would even say anything to me.  The rational part knew they were just being friendly and were trying to be encouraging. And to be truthful, when I saw one of the ladies I thought of my Gram who was always trying to be active. I thought "good for her!" So, I guess I shouldn't have been upset (although I was really more taken aback). 

Tomorrow will be a light work-out day. The weather isn't supposed to be good, so I'll either throw in a DVD or I'll hop on the treadmill. 


  1. Hi Jenn!
    I found your blog form a comment on Congratulations on your weight loss and hard work so dar - seems like having a trainer is giving you the real boost that you need :)
    When you've built up a little more confidence, you should give the Couch 2 5K ( programme a go to get you running a little more. I'm on week 4 now and really enjoying it - I never thought I'd be able to run for 5 whole minutes!!
    Keep up the good work :)

  2. Thank you so much!
    I've thought about doing C25K but I'm not so sure I'm ready. I was just feeling a little brave the other day. :D