Monday, September 18, 2006

[So Ripped!]

French test today! Ack! No, I haven't studied (though I plan to do a quick refresher read from 11-12:00). I'm so incredibly burnt out on school right now.

It's time for another fitness update! I started using the eliptical machine a couple weeks ago along with the stationary bike. Since heart health is such an issue in my family, I've been trying to do some cardio work, and the eliptical really gets the old ticker tickin'. When I started out on the eliptical 2 weeks ago, my heart rate averaged about 175, and I could only endure about ten minutes of it. I got off, and my roomie did a double take at my very red face. I sure felt that one! But on Saturday, when I went to the rec, my heart rate averaged around 185 (kinda scary, but it didn't feel that uncomfortable), and I held out for 15 minutes. That was it for the day, though... hehe. But... Whoo-hoo! My face was not nearly so flushed, and it was equivalent to jogging over a mile. I've never jogged a mile in my life; I usually collapse after 1/4 of a mile and have to walk the rest of the way. I really feel improved. My energy's up about 2 notches, and I'm actually excited about going back to the rec this afternoon and giving it another go. My legs aren't protesting angrily, and in spite of the allergy med grogginess, I'm feeling like I can take it on with gusto. Plus, because of this new exercise pattern, I'm bending and twisting in directions I haven't done since... well, ever. I've never been very flexible or firm on my feet, but I'm feeling much more so now. It's pretty handy when I knock something off my desk and I can just stretch across and pick it up without having to get up and trip over my computer wires or my backpack I so carelessly dropped on the floor.

Ooh, and having lost another pound didn't hurt my feelings, either. I'm down 5 pounds from the beginning of June when I started. It doesn't seem like much, but it's been a steady decrease without any funny bouncebacks, so I know it's much more effective than dropping 20 pounds in a month. I'm thinking that if I can maintain the willpower to keep this up, I may get down to my proper weight and size by this time next year. It's not to say that I think I'm fat or anything, but I've definitely got a bit more padding now than I had when I graduated, and even then I wasn't exactly stick-thin. I might even hang onto my old prom dress; I may fit back in it yet, and it's classy enough that it won't go out of style very soon.

Well, kids, studying awaits. Peace, love, and CHOCOLATE GALORE!

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