Friday, July 27, 2012

Going for a record here....

THREE DAYS in a row for posting.  I may faint.  And so may you.

I've been playing around with the Blogger settings and decided to try a new layout for a while.  I like the dandelions.

I mentioned my new treadmill - well, in short, I LOVE IT.  Except that it's going to kill me.  More specifically, Jillian Michaels and Elizabeth Hasselbeck are going to kill me.

The treadmill is iFit compatible and so connects to my computer and tracks everything; miles, calories, and lets me load preprogrammed workouts from my computer on it.  In the preprogrammed workouts hosted by Jillian Michaels and Elizabeth Hasselbeck that come with the iFit module, the incline raises and lowers by itself according to what you've chosen, or you can use Google maps to put something on there.  I put my own street on there because there's a hill on it!  Also, the last 5K we did in March had hills and so I put that 5K course on there so I could be more ready for next year!  There are also virtual 5Ks and 10Ks all over the world that iFit puts on there, a different place each week, and you can compete with anyone in the world who chooses to participate.  The treadmill tracks the time and then posts everyone's results.  I have run six of them and I'm usually somewhere around the bottom of the list, but that's okay.  On the iFit website there is also an average time of all the runners together who do the 5Ks.  I'm just doing my duty to bring the average down!  Wouldn't want people to get too full of themselves, ya know.

So, back to Jillian Michaels and Elizabeth Hasselbeck killing me.  I decided that things were getting boring - sure, I was sweating like a pig and getting out of breath, but I wasn't seeing changes anymore, and the Jillian Michaels workouts I had been doing were getting boring.  So, I found an Elizabeth Hasselbeck 30-day Makeover Workout.  Oh.My.Goodness.  You're supposed to do one each day.  Uh huh.  It took me SIX DAYS to finally do the VERY FIRST workout all the way through the way it was programmed in there.  I finished the whole 30-minute workout but I would override the settings and bump my speed down when I felt like I was going to die/my legs were going to fall off.

So finally on the sixth day I managed to do the whole 30 minutes just the way good ol' Elizabeth Hasselbeck told me to.  Concerned that it may have been a fluke or for some reason I had superhuman strength that day, I decided to make sure I could stick with workout  #1 successfully before I moved on to workout #2.  So I did that for five days and lived to tell about it.

Then yesterday I'm not sure what got into my brain and made me think I was ready for workout #2, but I tried it.  And failed.  Miserably.  The reason this is a 30-day makeover is because it kicks your behind EVERY SINGLE WORKOUT.  On the very first one she has you going 4.2 miles per hour on a 5% incline which varies up to a 10% incline at a lower speed.  Hills and 4.2 miles per hour?  At the same time?  That probably doesn't sound like much and I'm sure everyone reading this could do that, but I thought I was going to pass out.  Workout #2 has you going at 4.3 miles per hour, again on hills.

I didn't get a chance to try it again today because I was working, cleaning, getting ready for Jerry to come home......yeah, all that.  Do those sound like excuses?  Yeah, they do to me, too!

Anyway, just thought I'd post with my mundane thoughts for today.  Remember, you asked for it!

Have a grand Friday evening, everyone :)

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