Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Workin' With What I've Got

I'm moving on.

This is me on my Nordic Track getting exercise and full-spectrum light therapy all in one. (Can you see the lamp that's shining right into my face?) After my last discouraging entry I figured out that I'd been missing light therapy time in the mornings. Of the four days that Hubby and I went to the gym early, our two oldest kids slept through their alarms two mornings. Instead of getting my 40 minutes under the light I'd drive them to school and miss out on a key ingredient in keeping me happy. Situation solved.

Saturday morning was the first time for my all-in-one workout. Since then I've done it every morning for 40 minutes. (Sunday included, but more subdued.)

I get good and sweaty 'cause I use my Timex Ironman watch to do interval training. It's like an electronic personal trainer. If you look carefully, you can see the watch strapped to the grab bars of the Nordic Track. I set the timer for 40 minutes, warm up for 5 minutes and then start the interval timer. I run for 3 minutes, it beeps, and I ski at a moderate pace for 1 minute. It beeps again and I'm back to another 3 minutes. I do 8 sets of 3 min. run / 1 min. recover. I spend the last 3 minutes of the workout cooling down. Then I spend a little time doing ab crunches and stretching out on the floor. (On Mon/Wed/Fri I plan to do some light weight training afterwards.)

Music makes this workout! In fact, that's why I put my exercise tunes back on this blog. I've added "Live your life" by T.I. My son introduced it to me. It really hits home in light of my sluggish metabolism. It starts out with these lyrics:

What you need ta do is be thankful for the life you've got
Stop lookin' at what you ain't got and start bein' thankful for what you do got.

So live your life!

Note: It's supposed to appear in the playlist to the left, but it's only there off and on. Go figure. If it's not there, check it out on itunes and get it on your player.

One of my favorite motivational quotes is from the Old Farmer's Almanac. It goes like this:
"You can't lose weight by talking about it. You have to keep your mouth shut."

Well, I'm combining that quote with the lyrics from today's motivational song to create my motto for the month:

Shut your mouth and live your life!

P.S. A little dog therapy/play time is a great lift.


Suko said...

Good for you, Christie! You will rev up your metabolism and also get stronger. : )

Flashlight Girl said...

You look pretty serious! :) I often pretend that I'm one of those buff, young looking gals at the gym when I'm huffing and puffing away on the treadmill or bike in my sweats and baggy T-shirt. I'm sure I look pretty hilarious while lifting weights on my balance ball. It's all about visualization. I think I look buff and cool, so therefore I am. At least for a little while in my private thoughts. :) Go, Girl!

Flashlight Girl said...

Another thing. . . The playlist is awesome! I chuckle at how I'm sure some would be surprised what some of us "closet rocker moms" listen to on the privacy of our ipods. . . Thanks for reminding me of a few tunes I'd forgotten about that need to be added to mine! Can't wait for tomorrow's workout now!