Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Fat Tuesday

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!

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