March 8, 2011
We have a birthday lunch every month at my work, and we celebrated it today on Fat Tuesday. After my crappy cardio and overall bad fitness day, I was daunted and Fat Tuesday had a whole new meaning for me. Kelly was feeling pretty bad too as she didn't get a work out in at all the night before. So rather than snacking on the junk, I had veggies. For lunch the main dish was gumbo, so that was good, and then we covered our plates with salad.
But then we thought of desserts. We each had a very small piece of the desert of our choice-brownie for Kelly and chess cake for me. We calculated it to be between 100 and 115 calories for this indulgence. I even had coffee with it just to savor the bite a little more. And then we were fine.
When I got to the rec center, I have to admit I was completely thrown by the prior day's disaster. I was kind of scared to get on the treadmill. It was more crowded than normal which was also kind of bothersome in my fragile mental state. ;) I went to warm up and Kelly was just about to start the circuit training. I considered following in her footsteps and warm up on the elliptical. In the end, I did go back to the treadmill.
I set it for 15 minutes. I started at 3.7 and then increased to 4 mph after the first minute. After 5 minutes, I set it back down to 3.8 and kept it there until 13.5 minutes. Then I upped it back up to 4 mph. It felt better. It felt good, and I was happy.
I ran through the circuit exercises, really trying to concentrate on pulling in my abs. After my two sets, I thought I'd work more on abs, so I set the timer and did a plank. I held it for 30 seconds (barely!) I swear, the last 3 seconds were soooooo slllllooooowwwww! I had no idea that 3 seconds could last so long! After that, I used the sit up bar (I guess that's what you call it) and I did 5 half sit ups, holding it at the top.
I felt sweaty and salty, but I felt great putting the crappy cardio day behind me. But then I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror. With no make up. And a very red face. And a sweaty shirt.
I even scared myself. I looked awful! (I'm laughing right now picturing myself) So as I was walking out, I put a smile on my face hoping that would help. There's always hoping. =D
So after my Fat Tuesday lunch and my very small dinner, my MyFitnessPal app shows I'm in the positive today with a total of 450 calories left for the day. Guess it's not such a Fat day after all! Yea!