Sunday, August 29, 2010

It turns out I can do anything for 20 minutes

I just got into the office, a little later than I would have liked (it's noon), but I decided to go to the gym before work instead of after work. I only plan on working about five hours this afternoon, and then have a little down time at home tonight.

I thought it might also be nice if I posted when I was actually feeling a little happy and hopeful instead of so sad. I'm even getting bored with my "woe is me" attitude. It's just work, not the end of the world. :)

I took your advice and did interval cardio this morning. Well, at least my version of intervals. I worked out on three cardio machines, 20 minutes each. It did cost me an extra ten minutes to get in an hour of cardio since I wipe down the machines before and after I use them, but it was well worth it.

On each machine, the cross ramp, elliptical, and stationary bike, I did interval speeds of high resistance and as fast as I could go for one minute, then recover for a minute, then back to fast and hard for a minute. Just knowing I only had to stay on any one machine for twenty minutes made it totally bearable and not as boring as one machine for an hour.

I was a sweaty, dripping mess after I was finished, and my Polar heart rate monitor said I burned 423 calories. Not too bad, especially when it thinks I weigh 155, and since I weigh 175 (yes, still!), I probably burned a few more calories.

I don't have much else to talk about, just work stuff. I'm consumed with it right now. If I can just make it through this next week without having a heart attack or something, life will be good again. It sure makes me appreciate my 40-hour work weeks. Fortunately that's the norm around here, it's just this project I'm on has to be finished by the end of the week.

I hope the rest of your are having a fun and restful Sunday.

Note (posted at 2:40pm): One really positive note about being in the office alone on a Sunday, I can have a big bowl of steamed Brussels sprouts with balsamic vinegar without someone going "Oh My God! What's that smell!?". Hee hee. Just me here, and I love Brussels sprouts.

10 comments:

midlife_swimmer said...

good luck on your project! and exercise helps a lot with the stress for me.

Anonymous said...

Wow! What a great idea to keep from being de-motivated! I will try that!

-Rebecca

Ron said...

Yep, life is to short and there are so many people that are worse off then we when it comes to work and weight issues to have a "woe is me" attitude. as that one song says...Don't worry, be Happy" LOL LOL

Sara said...

A little woe is normal, a lot of woe will weigh you down more than what's causing it in the first place. You kicked the woe to the curb via cardio & an attitude adjustment. And delicious brussels sprouts!

Alan (Pounds Off Playoff) said...

Great to see things back on track. Keep up that perspective!

Miz said...

I so so so frequently break my whole day down into chunks of thirty minutes and remind myself I can do ANY TASK (even the ones I dread) for that chunk of time.

xo xo

Rettakat said...

Way to go on the exercise!
I hope it slows down soon for you... we need our Zzzzz's!

Loretta
=^..^=

bbubblyb said...

I can't help but say "ewwwww brussel sprouts" lol. Glad you enjoyed them though and your interval cardio. Sounds like a decent day to me minus work of course *smile*.

M Pax said...

Brussel sprouts are great. I love them roasted. They're like popcorn. :D

Good going on the interval training. Hope the stress at work ends soon for ya.

Katie J said...

You gotta admit they smell even if you like the taste! Bwahahahaha.

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