Friday, December 23, 2011

Shelly

I have a friend named Shelly.  In my last post, I asked for accountability; and Shelly gave it to me!  Yea, Shelly! 

At around 8:23, I got a message from Shelly asking if I had made it to the gym.  Well...I had not.  We had our neighbor Christmas party last night.  We had a really great night, wine was flowing, and a good time was had by all.  I had so much fun in fact that I slept the latest I have slept in I don't even know how many years.  I slept until 10:15.  Now with this being said, I should also mention that I was awoken at 7:30 in the morning by yappy dogs.  When this happened, I laid in bed for half an hour playing Words With Friends and checking Facebook and yada yada yada until I fell back asleep.  But still, 10:15 is crazy late for me, and I enjoyed every minute of it.

So no, Shelly, I had not made it to the gym yet.  And at 2:30, I could hear her message echoing in my head.  So off I went to the rec center.  It was a ghost town.  There were only four other people in the weight room.  I noticed they added a new machine that I stayed away from.  It was a stair machine, kind of like an escalator, and you just climb and climb and climb.  I did my best to not look at that machine because I know what I have to do to get better and ready for that Austin hike from hell.  But today it is Christmas Eve Eve, and I gave myself a present by allowing myself to ignore it.  Instead I jumped on an elliptical for a quick warm up before hitting the mat.

I grabbed some weights and started some circuit training.  It's been so long since I've done some of these exercises, but I immediately felt my muscles jumping for joy!  It felt so good to be working my arms and abs.  I had put my phone in a locker, and I couldn't remember all the exercises, so I improvised a bit; but I think it was still a good workout.  I used to Bosu ball to do some crunches and push ups.  The push ups, I felt, were much better than I remember.  I guess the few push ups I've been doing here at home are working. I did some arm exercises while sitting on the ball, and some squats while holding the weights.  I think I will be sore tomorrow, but I welcome it.

I couldn't make the fat cells cry for too long, though because we were going to church for our Christmas Eve Eve service.  I wanted to get some cardio in too, so I went back to the elliptical machine and watched Lethal Weapon for 20 minutes.  I ended up with a 1 1/4 mile and drops of sweat running down my face.  Success!

And I owe it to Shelly!  I was so comfy in my pajamas that I could have easily stayed in them until it was time for church.  I believe I would have if it wouldn't have been for her!

Thanks Shelly!  Love you!

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