So yesterday I found a new gear, and had a new experience as a result. I was worn out when I woke up yesterday morning from our walk around Town Lake on Sunday. When I got to work I was dragging. So when 10 o’clock world around and it was time for my morning walk I really didn’t want to go. But… I myself got up, and I went outside, and went ahead and did it anyway. It was okay… my legs were sore… I was tired… whatever.
So lunch time rolls around and I really didn’t want to go to the gym. I was exhausted… I was cross eyed. But I needed to get out of the office for a bit, so I went ahead and got in the car and drove over there. I figured I can do at least 15 or 20 minutes of cardio and then I’ll just take it easy the rest of the time. That’s not what happened. I have recently recommitted myself to the whole fitness and weight loss routine, and as a part of that I decided that I was going to burn 1000 calories at least 6 days a week doing exercise (aiming for 6000-7000 calories a week). My thinking was if I burned six to seven thousand calories a week exercising, and ate around 1800 calories a day, that should come out to somewhere between three and four pounds of weight loss and every week. Now I know that calories in-calories out isn’t an exact science, but it is most of the equation. There are other factors at play but calories /calories out is a big giant piece of the equation so if I commit to the numbers I should see some progress.
I’ve been working out during my lunch hour during the work week and it works well for me. The problem with this is that I run out of time. Yesterday was a prime example. By the time I finish my workout I had only burned about 930 calories for the day, and I didn’t know where I was going to get that other 70 calories from but I knew I had to get it. About 2 months ago friend of mine gave me a stationary bike. One of those ones with the fan in the wheel where the harder you pedal the harder it gets. So I haven’t used it at all. By the time I get home from work I’m tired and I just don’t think I have it in me, so I haven’t really tried it. Well yesterday I was bound and determined to get my 1000 calories, so I went out in the garage, put on my headphones and climbed on the damn bike. Turns out, the bike is awesome! I got my heart rate up to about 150 and burned about 280 calories in 20 minutes! And, even cooler, rather than wearing me out for the rest of the evening I actually felt better after I did it. That was a surprise. I didn’t know that was possible. I’m going to try again today and see if it happens again today too. How cool would it be if I could do a third workout – an extra 20 minutes of exercise – every evening and actually have it make my evenings more energetic and relaxing?
So another new experience, and a renewed hope as a result. Pretty cool.