Going to the gym has been crazy good. The endorphins, man, the endorphins. I feel so….goood. *dreamy, happy look on my face*
I’ve got more energy, my stamina is already improving, my strength is improving, my stretchy-ness is improving. Everything is improving.
Well, except my weight. It’s funny. I’ve been walking like crazy, PLUS working out at the gym five times a week and I’m on a plateau that seems to just go on and on and on and on.
At least I FEEL a difference. My pants are a bit looser, and there are the other health effects that I already mentioned. So I’m not discouraged. I’ll just keep at it and before you know it, the pounds will start melting like butter once again.
Monday, I kicked ass at the gym. Whoa. I worked super hard. I also walked a bunch, so I ended up with walking over 10 miles that day. I was feeling pretty dang good about that! It’s the first time I did over ten miles in a day this year. I’ve had plenty of 9+ milers, but I never quite squeaked past the 10 mile point. Until now.
I also tried out the elliptical machine, since Jim Abbott, one of my readers and a man who walked across America himself, swears by it. I’ve tried it in the past and found it made my feet numb and I didn’t like the way it made me feel. But, that was something like five or six years ago, and I figured I ought to try it again. Equipment evolves over time (and so does my body!)–who knows, maybe I won’t have the problems now. So I tried it.
I spent a half an hour on the elliptical and that thing just worked me over! Whew! With that machine, I was doing a jogging pace (for me, anyway!), yet not getting the jogging impact, which was nice. I have trouble with my hip because of my weight and I can’t jog just yet because of it. I still got some numbness in my feet after about 20 minutes on the machine, but it wasn’t too bad.
I was afraid that going to the gym would poop me out and make it so that I can’t or don’t want to walk as much in the afternoon when I go walk to get Willow. But I’ve found the exact opposite happens. Working out in the morning peps me up and gets me ragin’ to get out the door! So I’m happy with the way things are working out scheduling-wise with my workouts.
Tuesday, I managed to twist my knee stepping off the elliptical, though. I still managed to eke out 8.93 miles of walking on the sore knee, but I had to tape it up and take some ibuprofen.
Today is a rest day from the gym. I think I’ll take it easier on the walking, too, and try to give a little rest time for my knee to get better.
I wonder how quickly I’ll start going through endorphin withdrawal? 🙂 Gotta work out, man, I need my fix….