This was the main reason I joined the gym. I have a treadmill, bike, and elliptical at home so I’m good on cardio. I like doing videos at home, but I have been getting kind of bored with them. So far I have taken two classes. One was an aerobics with weights class and the other was zumba. I really really liked them. It seems like since I have been doing these classes I have also been sleeping better. I think maybe part of my problem with sleeping was I had too much energy. These classes at the gym are harder than what I have been doing so it’s helping out a lot. With the way my work schedule changes I will probably be doing some different classes each week so I know I shouldnt get bored hopefully.
I’ve gotten a little bored of doing all my exercises at home so I finally decided to get a gym membership. It has a lot of classes (pool and dry on the ground). There is also a pool to swim laps in. There is a lot of cardio and strength training machines. Today was my first day and it wasn’t very busy. I’m kind of excited about trying the classes. I really want to try a pool one. The one I saw when I was getting a tour of the place looked interesting. I always feel kind of bad spending money on myself because I feel like I should be saving it for something but this gym fits into my budget and spending money on my health is a lot better than spending it on other things. On Tuesday I have to go for a fitness assessment. They’re going to measure me and weigh me and some other stuff. I’m kind of nervous that they are going to tell me I’m terrible at everything. I know that isn’t going to happen but like… I don’t know. I think I’m going to like alternating between going to the gym and doing stuff at my house.
Now that the weather is finally sometimes nicer I am able to run outside. The major difference between the treadmill and outside running is that I feel like I can go faster on the treadmill, but I can go longer outside.
Today I ran on the treadmill. After my run I decided to compare this run to the last time I ran outside. Today on the treadmill i listened to music and I decided to walk (4mph) for one song length then run (7mph) for two song lengths. I ended up doing 1 2 1 2 1 2 1. My last run outside I walked at the beginning and the end and I ran the entire middle part.
Here is what my Nike app of my iPhone has for my running outside and the treadmill.
Treadmill: 37 minutes. 3.44 miles. 10:49 /mile. 289 calories.
Outside: 38 minutes. 3.60 miles. 10:35 /mile. 313 calories.
Thats kind of crazy how similar they actually are. I feel like I am so slow running outside but I’m actually doing pretty good.
On the treadmill I like to run/walk a 10k. I don’t run the whole thing I usually do a mixture of 1 minute walking and 10-15 running. It was hard and I always felt tired afterwards. I knew running outside was going to be different so when the weather was finally nice enough for me to run outside I didn’t do it expecting to be my fastest bestest time ever. I did the route I usually do with the same walking at the beginning and end. I was kind of slow compared to how I was last year but I kind of expected that. The really nice thing that I didn’t realize would happen is that since my legs are used to going longer I don’t feel sore at the end. I was tired but nothing felt sore. With the weather getting nice I am going to be running outside more. I am going to try to alternate doing long runs with shorter runs and see how my running improves.
It’s a good book but there are some things that kind of bother me. After the girl lia turns into a robot person she meets other robot people and the leader seems a little cultish. At the beginning of the book she seemed like a spoiled selfish teenager. After meeting the robot leader I like her more. He is very this is how things are and how dare you see things a different way. At the part I am at in the book she at least seems to be somewhat resisting his creepy ways. There is a group of robot people who sneak into a town to look around. Lia brings a human friend with. Although the human friend sometimes says things that sound to controlling he is willing to talk instead of just have his word be final. They all go to a building and creepy cult leader guy says the person can’t go in because he could set off the alarms. While they are on the roof of the building lia finds out that he lied and there are no alarms but he just wanted to get her up there alone so it was just the robot people. That’s pretty crappy. Her human friend who’s a boy don’t really like creepy cult guy. Lia feels like she has to defend him I guess because they are both robot people. I kind of like the human friend. At first he was kind of bossy and not nice but then he got better. He seems to care about her making her own choices and not just doing things because someone tells her to. Ugh! Human friend got hurt and lia was upset because she felt like it was her fault and so she went to creepy cult guy. He has absulutely no emotions about it. I understand him feeling like all people hate him but why can he seem friendly toward a robot person. The book ended in an interesting enough way that I want to read the next one. I think this is going to be one of those books that I like and hate it equally.
Last week I ordered a bikini from Victorias Secret. I got it a few days ago, but didn’t try it on right away because I wanted to wait until a day when I felt good about myself. Trying on a bikini on an I am gross day is not a good idea. I weighed myself this morning and even though it is a higher number then I would like it to be I am rather proud of myself because I like how I look even after looking at that number. I decided that I could finally open the package and try on the bikini. I put it on and I actually liked it!! I liked how I looked in a bikini after eating nuts, cheese, and two puddings. My breakfast could have been a bit better, but oh well. This summer when it is actually warm enough to wear it I am going to. I am not going to worry about how my stomach might not be perfectly flat because I still look awesome. I am going to continue eating the way I like to eat. I’m not going to think about how I can’t eat something because then I won’t look good half naked. Today is probably the first day in a while that I can remember where I have not weighed what I want to, I haven’t eaten super healthy and I feel awesome about myself. I need to work on making this a daily thing.
For a while I took a break from running. It’s kind of cold outside and I don’t feel like spending money on cold weather running clothes so I use my treadmill. In the summer I run with my boyfriend and we run two miles. Since I’m not trying to run a marathon I thought I would try to work on getting faster. Here’s my own little made up treadmill routine.
Cover the screen with my iPad so I don’t look at the time/distance so much.
Do the 10k setting because if I do the auto start it only goes for 30 minutes.
Listen to music on my iPad.
At first i would walk once song length at 4mph, one song at 6mph, one song at 6.5mph, one song at 6mph, one song at 4mph. I went up and down that as many times as I felt like it. Then I decided to switch it around after a few times doing that.
I went 4.0, 6.5, 6.0, 6.5, 4.0. After doing that a few times i still felt tired doing it but I felt like maybe I could do more.
Now I am at 4.0, 6.5, 6.0, 6.5, 6.0, 4.0. I’m doing a lot more running and a lot less walking.
All speeds are done for the length of one song.
It’s pretty neat to actually feel like I’m getting faster. I’m not running the entire thing but doing a mix of running and walking is making me a lot better.