Finally went to the gym!

by Christine on September 19th, 2010

filed under Christine's Life Updates, Diet, Food, Nutrition

About three weeks ago I caught a cold or something, followed by another week of tiredness. Because of that, I stopped going to the gym. However, last week I felt fine…and I still didn’t go to the gym. I had nothing to blame except for all out laziness!

Well, I finally made it back to the gym today! I did 3 miles (40 mins) with incline raised on the treadmill, followed by situps. Not a really killer day, but that time really showed me how much three weeks off can set back my progress on the treadmill.  I felt relieved after I went to the gym. I don’t like to work out; I don’t like sweating, I don’t like the gym, and my lazy inner nature just doesn’t like the effort. Given my preference, I would much rather “work out” in ways that are fun, such as playing volleyball with friends, riding my bike, rollerblading after work, etc. I prefer outdoorsy, social activities.

That being said, it has become so ingrained in me that a healthy lifestyle simply requires working out. Consequently, I feel guilty when I don’t go.

Afterwards, I spent a solid eight hours cleaning the house! I re-potted half of my houseplants and put them in larger pots, with fresh soil. They look fantastic now! I had a giant aloe plant that I broke up in three huge pots, with a few “babies” I put into four little pots to give away to my co-workers tomorrow at work. Man, that took up a lot of room!

I did five loads of laundry and cleaned the cat’s litter boxes. I flipped our king-sized bed mattress, I cleaned the kitchen, I went for a walk with the neighbors. I’m going to spend the next three hours sitting on my butt on the couch reading my book (Patrick, I’m reading Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series. I’m on “The Firey Cross” currently) and watching football! Go Steelers! They are 2-0!  Wahoo!

Food today:

Noon: 1 large glass of milk (120 calories) + leftover homemade chili (180 calories)
3 p.m.: 1 diet pepsi
4 p.m.: Some leftover couscous (44) with leftover bean stuff on it (30)
7 p.m.: WW pasta (20) and some tomato sauce/ground beef/veggies on it, approx half a cup (80) (barfed a little up…pasta does NOT sit well with me, and I only attempted to eat it because hubby cooked it, and i didn’t want him to feel bad!), 1 big glass of milk (120)
Total: 594!! Yikes, quite a deficit. I have room for a snack tonight…maybe an apple (or two!)

In other news, the lovely Patrick gave me a blog award! Thank you very much!

Ok, this award’s rules for eligibility are:

1. Answer the question, “If you had one chance to go back and change one thing in your life, would you and what would it be?
I don’t think I would change most of the major decisions in my life. I’m super thrilled with the decisions I made for college. Living in Europe for a year was a major life-changer for me. Moving to New York to go to graduate school set me up for some of the happiest moments of my life. For starters, it allowed me to make all the friends I have today and to meet my husband! And, of course, I would certainly have married him!
There are little things that I would have changed though. I wasn’t a very nice person when I was younger. This wasn’t entirely my fault; coming from an abusive household, I certainly wasn’t given a good example to follow. I’m proud of who I am today, so I suppose I needed those younger years to evolve.  And speaking of abusive households: I would have told my father. For lots of reasons I never told him what happened to me. If I had, I think he would have stopped the abuse, or at the very least minimized him. I was scared to tell him, but I should have.  So there…that’s two regrets.
2. Pass on to six people and inform them of the award.
Six people with fantastic blogs! You bet!

  1. Heather from “Healther’s Banded Journey”
  2. Lesia, who recently got her lifetime membership from Weight Watchers! Congrats!!
  3. Sparkler’s Story
  4. Mary from “Band me I’m ready”
  5. Amanda from “Amanda’s Waning”
  6. Sarah from “Losing weight, gaining tons”

Thank you once again Patrick!

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  • Dr. Fatty

    Good grief. I’m tired just reading all that. Get some rest.

  • Ewa Bialkowski

    I think cleaning the house is quite a workout in itself. Actually when I do it, I try to stretch more than needed, make squats instead of bends and so on. Somehow that makes house chores more fun. Not that that inspires me to clean house more often…

  • Claynlesia

    TY for thinking of me!