Thursday, January 6, 2011

Day 302

I wasn't exactly smart today.

I was smart for soooo long.

I had a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast, along with a large glass of water.

I had another large glass of water during the morning.

I had a trail-mix bar about an hour before lunch to tide me over.

For lunch I had half a packet of ramen, some crackers, and another glass of water.

I had about two more glasses of water (can you just imagine how many times I had to use the restroom?), and I thought I would be good until dinner.

And then someone brought french fries into the salon...

Now, the whole reason for the excess water drinking was because working out was on the evening's agenda. I hate taking water bottles into the gym. I hate stopping to purchase Gatorade for gym. And, most of all, I hate being thirsty at the gym. So my plan is to drink so much water during the day, that I could go three days (or one really good work-out) without needing a drink. And it works!

What doesn't work is feeling so hungry, and hungry for fries, right before a workout...

Well it was on my mind, and I couldn't stop focusing on how much I was craving fries. At this point, I see no point in denying myself.

Not exactly the ideal pre-workout snack...

Needless to say, about 27 minutes into my workout, I really began to regret the decision. But oh my goodness, I can't remember the last time McDonald's tasted so good!

I took today's workout's inspiration from Couch to 5K, which is an exercise plan I've seen mentioned on some of the blogs I follow. This plan, originating with Josh Clark, is a plan that slowly increases your workout over nine weeks. The beginning exercise goes like this, "Brisk five-minute warmup walk. Then alternate 60 seconds of jogging and 90 seconds of walking for a total of 20 minutes."

That is the routine for the entire first week. Now I like the slow progression, and it's something I use in my workouts. But the beginning few weeks seemed too wimpy to me, so I beefed it up.

It's a little too complicated to just explain, so I'll map out my 35 minute workout. I will say, I had planned to work out for an hour (by taking the 30 minute workout and repeating it once), but it ended up being more than I was expecting! (That and I had a burger and fries sloshing around in my stomach with water and sweet tea..)

Kindle's First Week Workout:

0:00 - 2:30 Speed 2.0, Incline 0.5
2:30 - 5:00 Speed 3.8, Incline 0.5
5:00 - 7:00 Speed 5.7, Incline 0.5
7:00 - 8:30 Speed 3.8, Incline 1.0
8:30 - 10:30 Speed 5.7, Incline 1.0
10:30 - 12:00 Speed 3.8, Incline 1.5
12:00 - 14:00 Speed 5.7, Incline 1.5
14:00 - 15:30 Speed 3.8, Incline 2.0
15:30 - 17:30 Speed 5.7, Incline 2.0
17:30 - 19:00 Speed 3.8, Incline 2.5
19:00 - 21:00 Speed 5.7, Incline 2.5
21:00 - 23:00 Speed 3.8, Incline 2.0
23:00 - 25:00 Speed 5.7, Incline 2.0
25:00 - 27:00 Speed 3.8, Incline 1.5
27:00 - 30:00 Speed 5.7, Incline 1.5
30:00 - 35:00 Cool Down...

I don't know if that makes any sense, but it was a perfect balance of constant warm-up/cool-down and a slow but constant increase of my heart rate. I felt good about this and will be trying it again tomorrow! Maybe this time I can repeat it!

Note to self: You must resist the Mc'D's tomorrow!!

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