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.


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!


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!


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.