Monday, July 30, 2012
McFlurries and Muscles
I will admit, it was a bit intimidating at first, not knowing where any of the equipment I needed to use was located, but I found my way around after a few minutes of scoping out the equipment. And compared to the rickety old cable-based home gym I've been using all of the equipment felt so smooth that I was able to lift heavier. My gym opens at 5am, and my fellow morning trainers were mostly older folks and a few very muscular men. I didn't let it intimidate me though, when I needed a weight, I went right over by the free weights where the muscular men were working, and took what I needed. I was focused on the work, and surprised at how much heavier I could lift this morning. I am still having problems doing lunges though, my quad muscle tightens up and feels like it's going to tear. So today I had to end my first set at 5 reps and I didn't attempt any more of them. I will keep trying each time, until I can figure out what I am doing wrong with my form. I have legs again on Thursday.
It felt really good to be awake and in a well-lit gym with all the equipment I could ever need, music playing and people pleasantly bantering around me. I can tell I will get a lot out of this decision to join. And there is a lap pool, whirlpool and sauna for the weekends when I have a little more time to spend at the gym. For $10 a month, I can't go wrong!
I went a little off the tracks this weekend, having two cheat meals. The main courses I chose were both clean, one an ahi-tuna wrap with spinach and the other, chicken fajitas. The chips and salsa were not the accessory to the crime, but the crime itself, and last night, I took it to a whole new level and had a Rolo McFlurry from McDonalds for dessert. It's a limited time deal, ya know! Actually, yesterday was a day that was irritating me with crunch-cravings, and not the kind that get you flat abs. I wanted to crunch something salty, and chips were calling me. This is the week where cravings always set in, the week before the monthly disaster. While I know that it is a flux in blood sugars that causes the cravings, I was driving myself MENTAL craving chips. And in my opinion, Chili's chips are the absolute best! So when my husband got home from a photo shoot and mentioned that he was in the mood to eat out, I was happy to oblige. Probably not my strongest moment on a diet, but I didn't let it get to me too much, because I knew it would fix my craving and I'd be able to get right back on track after. And that was the case. I don't plan on doing that every weekend, because it won't equate to the kind of results I am seeking, but once in a while I am willing to listen to my own body and let life fly a little. I think that is healthy as long as it is in check, it's how I assume "normal" people eat.
But today, after having a great leg workout, my metabolism is roaring again! It is 9am and I am already eating my second meal for the day, and I can feel my body starting to buzz from the clean food coming to the rescue. Today as I was walking into work, I defined what I don'tI am thinking about a year from now, how I'll look, how much weight I will be able to lift, and how I'll feel. When I think of the future, I only see good things. Maybe that's a bit of the just-joined-a-gym excitement, but whatever it is, I plan on having a successful year! Who's with me?