I'm sitting here listening to what ultimately is my Favorite Iron Maiden album mostly by virtue of nostalgia as it was the first I ever owned and the one I listed to the most, No Prayer for the Dying.
I just got back from my first trip to the gym this year which will be the first of many. I'm still not close to the 300 plus pound buffoon that I was a couple of years ago but I am also not close to where I was when I got married less than 2 years ago.
So, it is once again time to buckle down and work towards being where I want to be.
For the most part, like previously, I'm just going to be doing cardio - 99% on the elliptical. I don't want to be slim and muscular, I just want to lose weight and keep it off. I want to be healthier for my family so that I can enjoy watching my kids grow old. I mean, shit, I'm going to be close to retirement by the time my boy graduates high school for crying out loud.
With that in mind I want to be able to get myself to the point where I can do half a marathon on the elliptical before the year is over with the ultimate goal being the ability to do a marathon on the elliptical in the distant future. DISTANT, as in I'm not even quantifying how far away it is under current circumstances.
I'm going to use the first couple of weeks to ease myself back into it and as such today I decided that I was only going to go for 30 minutes and I did 2.5 miles give or take. I'm going to work myself back up to doing 45 minutes to an hour consistently.
From there I'll work on getting my lungs better so that I can endure a couple of longer workouts from time to time.
Since a 5k is just a little over 3 miles I know that I'll be able to easily do this before February is over.
My major goal for Feb is to be able to do a full hour without killing myself.
After that I'll figure out how to work towards doing 10k (or 6.2 miles).
What is everyone else doing this year to get into shape or stay in shape?
Good luck with your goals.ReplyDelete
Thanks. I've done it before so I just need to get motivatedDelete
Like many, I have backslid. When I get home from work I just feel too fatigued to exercise. Got to get my mind right again, however. It is tough staying motivated.ReplyDelete
Yep. Motivation is the hard part. When I am at the gym I have no problem. It is dragging my ass there before or after work that I have issues with.Delete
What do you set the crossramp and resistance to when you are doing 30 minutes?ReplyDelete
Since I am just starting again I left them at default.Delete
Crossramp was 10 and resistance was 1.
What should I be doing. Totally open to suggestions.
just curious. I listen to a recording by a trainer who has me changing the settings and speed. Sometimes as high as 15 and 15 with a stride per minute up to 150. After 15 minute I am spent. I can't imagine 45 minutes.Delete
round is a shapeReplyDelete
Sure as shit is but I want my kids to be healthy and that starts with the example I set.Delete
I have a rowing machine blocking the door of my bedroom. I cannot leave the bedroom without doing my fasting cardio.ReplyDelete
I want to get an elliptical for the house..... after we buy a house.Delete