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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

I heart Gym.

I can't believe how fast time has gone by. It's scary how fast it goes by if you don't wrangle it and take advantage.


There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about blogging, but there just never seems to be a good time. My baby is getting big! I feel bad sitting here typing on the computer when he gives me his puppy dog eyes, and wants me to play with him instead. There are so many reasons why I haven't blogged, but they are all personal, and don't really matter to anyone but me.

I don't know what happened to doing the measurements, and posting them, but it obviously fell through. I have been exercising though, just not everyday.

My amazing hubby surprised me and bought me 2 year gym membership to 24 hour fitness, from Costco, and I love it. I have only been a few times, as it is a new thing, but I am so happy. I was burned out from exercising at home, and my son was miserable with me exercising there. It's just too hot to get out in the middle of the day to walk now, so I am grateful for this membership.

While at the gym today (leg day), I was surprised with how strong I am, with only exercising at home for the last couple of years or so. It made me realize that I was absolutely right in thinking that exercising at home, can be just as effective as going to the gym. It was my first "leg day" at the gym, and I was just tickled pink the entire time.

I was there for only 64 minutes, because the monkey boy had a doctors appointment afterward. I wore my HRM and according to it, burned 374 calories, doing:

-roughly 25-30 mins on Precor elliptical (hr 150s)
-3 sets, 8 reps, seated leg extension using 35lbs. (rpe 6-8)
-4 sets, 15 reps, seated leg curls using 40lbs (rpe 4-5)
-3 sets, 15 reps, leg press using 50#, 60# and 70# (rpe, 3-4, 4, 5-6)
-3 sets, 15 reps, seated leg abduction using 40# (rpe 4-5)
-3 sets, 15 reps, seated leg adduction using 50# (rpe 3-4)
-3 sets, 15 reps, seated calf press, 40lbs (rpe 3-4)

I haven't been using an exercise diary, like I used to, and I should start, because this (the aboe) is how my brain functions. RPE means ratings of perceived exertion (like a pain scale in the medical world), and it's what I use (and a lot of others) to know if I need to up my weights, sets and/or reps. I will probably up everything the next time (except for the leg extensions) I do legs, and I felt like I could be pushed a little more.

Man. I LOVE the gym. I missed it so much and am happy to be back there again. My plan is to go after work, since it is just across the street, and since I get off earlier at 6:30pm now.

Last week for Father's Day, we went hiking up at Mt. Charleston. It was a lot of fun, and I got a great workout. It was the first time that the Monkey Boy had been hiking, so it was challenging in some areas, but it was fun overall, and glad he got to go.



I haven't measured myself lately, but this morning when I stood on the scale, I weighed 205.2, which is a 4lb weight loss, since I last recorded on sparkpeople, in the beginning of this month. Yaay!

I'm sorry I haven't posted, I just have a lot on my plate (been working a lot and very recently found out that son needs surgery :( but I'm getting a second opinion). I have also been sick too. I will try to post more often, as maybe I could make this my virtual gym diary *shrugs*.

Hope everyone is well! I haven't forgotten about y'all or this blog! Just been shifting priorities around :).

((hugs))

I can do this. I am a star.

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