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i’m just confused

i’m confused – so i am going to talk it out over here.

my preferred cardio is the elliptical.  i feel like i get a really good workout on it.
over the past couple of months i have been alternating with the bike – because i know that it’s good to switch things up.

So yesterday i decided i was going to do 45 minutes on the bike.
it was an awesome cardio work out – it really kicked my ass something fierce.

what i don’t get is – i always assumed the elliptical was a harder work out.
for example – 15 minutes on the elliptical and i burn approximately 200 calories (although i have always been skeptical – i mean how accurate can that really be)
so in a typical half hour cardio workout – i burn roughly 400 calories.

fine.

i get on the bike – which is seemingly “easier” and it takes me 45 minutes to burn what i burn on the elliptical in 15!
so in my 45 minute work out on the bike – it says i burned 200 calories and biked 15 km’s.

i get the whole different equipment, different muscles etc…
but i kid you not – i put a lot of work into my cardio session yesterday.
i don’t think i have ever sweat more in my life.
i was exhausted and sweaty and gross – my legs were like rubber – it was awesome!!!
so it doesn’t really “feel” easier – i sweat more on that damn bike than i do on the elliptical hands down.

so how is it possible?  i feel like i worked out twice as hard on that bike and got such minimal results.

is the key just ignoring the calorie count and keep doing what i am doing?
i don’t put a lot of thought into the calorie count –  but the difference from elliptical to the bike is rather outrageous no???

just wondering out loud that’s all.

i’ve been going to the gym solo more often than not…which is ok…it doesn’t bother me…
but i get bored a lot easier since i have no one there to talk to and harass!
yesterday i decided to leave the ipod at home – and take a book!  yep – i got to catch up on some reading while on the bike!!!
I’ve been trying to read Sybil for months now – what an amazing multi tasker i am 🙂

i have a busy busy fun weekend ahead of me…
i am skipping the gym tonight for a fun night of bowling!!!  it’s been years since i’ve bowled.  i am the best underhand bowler in the universe, i am pretty sure of it 🙂

have an awesome weekend folks and play nice!

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summer lovin’

the problem with summer is that i dread being indoors.
when i am at work and look outside my window – i feel sad that i am trapped inside when there is a whole day out there that i could be enjoying.

as i was driving home yesterday, i was thinking about everything that i needed to do…and of course all of it was indoors.
(except for walking the puppy of course)

then i had a bit of a light bulb moment!

it was my gym day yesterday.  i was feeling uneasy about it as i was heading home.  going somewhere that would leave me stuck in doors when it was just so gorgeous outside!  i was itching like crazy to be outside!!!!!
the humidity finally died down and there was a beautiful breeze coming off of the lake.

soooooooo i said to myself…self – you just bought yourself a bike!
why do a half hour of cardio at the gym when you can get outdoors and work out???
i am so smart sometimes!!

and so i did just that.

i went out biking for well over an hour.
it was beautiful.

i went on the water front trails and discovered parts of my city i have never seen!!!
the water was bright blue/green and there were people everywhere on blankets enjoying the day.
i am so blessed to live in such a beautiful city.

i almost wished i had my camera…but yesterdays adventure was more about getting a work out than stopping to smell the roses.

it was hard work – i won’t lie.  but it was good work…fun work.

i eventually got off of the trail because i was curious to see how far i had gone.
when i got on the main road and saw where i was i couldn’t believe it.
this bee can travel!!!!!

i could have kept going…in fact i almost did…
i had the energy.
but – i was so excited about how far i had gone i didn’t take in to consideration that i still had to get home.
so i turned around
thank god.

by the time i got home i was sore and exhausted – and sweaty and outta breath
it was AWESOME!

i discovered a lot of things – like i said…new parts of my city that i never even knew existed…
i discovered that it’s best to wear sunglasses and keep your mouth closed at ALL times lol – damn bugs!
and when a dragonfly is flying right at you and you are going at warp speed, it is in the best interest of all those involved to duck!!
and to my complete surprise…body parts that have never ever hurt before – were and are hurting.
parts that shouldn’t hurt
lets just say it is bike seat related
🙂

i had a great time.  it was a thousand times better than going to the gym.
the time flew by…and it really didn’t feel like exercise at all.

i will be doing this more often – take advantage of the wonderful weather while it’s here

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give me the music

sung in the style of C&C Music Factory

everybody dance now

stuck in your head???
you’re welcome!!  lol

anywayssssss….

i need some new music for my ipod.
this from a girl who has thousands upon thousands of mp3’s on an external drive…

but i do.  i need some new fresh music….well at least new and fresh to me

currently there are three songs that get me through at the gym – well there are more than 3 songs i listen to but these 3 are my favourite.
they make me happy and pump me full of energy
but lets face it…i want more
i always want more!!!

right now i am in love with:

A Kiss With a Fist is Better than None by Florence and the Machine.
a very inappropriate song (just read the lyrics) but hey – it does the job and makes me grin.  i am not too sure what that says about me – but whatever!

Rumour Has It by Adele.  if you can sit still through this song you have a serious problem.
this song makes me deliriously happy and makes me look like an idiot while i am doing my cardio.  i don’t care.  and you know why?  i love Adele.  she makes me happy…she turns me into a crazy cardio fool.

Gonna Get Over You – Sara Bareilles.  hello – need i say more?  i could be in the most miserable mood and as soon as i hear the first note to this song…my world is all rainbows, sunshine  and kittens.  again, i look like an idiot – but i don’t care.  and you know why?  cause i love her.  big love.  Sara contributes to my good health and weight loss insanity.

these songs rock my socks in a huge way.

so what rocks your socks?  what music do you listen to when you work out that gives you that extra push…and makes you happy.
share with me please.
i am going to spend some time filling up my ipod with some ear candy – to pump myself up for this Couch to 5K training.
yes i said it…as soon as i find my balls.
cause i am still a little scared…but i think i am almost over it.

so a little musical distraction would be wonderful.
what say you my fellow bloggers?
help a sister out!

and now…click here for more awesomeness!!

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now that’s dedication

i got home after work yesterday and wanted to just lie down for “a minute”

a minute turned into well over a half hour, and when i woke up i realized i had kept my gym buddy waiting for me for a good 10 min.

what happened!!

i’ll tell you what happened.
these pills are kicking….my…..ass

i cannot remember a time in the past year that i have napped right when i got home, unless i was really sick…
but i just couldn’t keep my eyes open.

i jumped out of bed and got dressed…i didn’t even check to see if my clothes even matched.  i ran down to meet my friend and off we went to the gym.

it was probably the worst gym experience to date.

i was light headed…nauseous and oh so very tired.  my head felt like a bowling ball.
i felt like i was still sleeping.
you know that feeling where you are woken up suddenly from a deep deep sleep?  that’s exactly how i felt.

i did double the weights like i had planned on doing (i have no idea how) and after 20 minutes of cardio i waved my little white flag.
i just couldn’t do another second!

I actually worked out.  i have no idea how…but i did it.

i probably shouldn’t have gone to the gym.  i was a hazard to myself i think!!
no worries, i am still wonder woman…i should get points just for getting my shoes on. lol

anyways…yes.
i cannot wait for this tension crap in my head to go away…these pills are killing me.
AND he wants me to take 3 a day.  i can’t even function on one a day (apparently)
nooooo way.

on to better, happier things.

i am in love.

someone amazingly fantabulous (i can make up words if i want…it’s my blog lol) introduced me to this artist – you know who you are 🙂

i am hooked…and in love.

i apologize to jm – i know how hard it is for you to watch these 🙂

anyways click here to fall in love.

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pump.me.up

i’ve crunched the numbers…and they are off.
way off.

i realized while i was on the elliptical the other day…that i am doing way more cardio than i am weights.
i am not too sure how that happened considering when i first started, i spent more time on weights than i did cardio.

hmmmm, interesting.

my goal is to tone, not so much lose weight (although i wouldn’t complain if a couple of pounds just flew off )
in order to do that…i need to up my weights.
truth be told i am not a fan of the weight part of my work out.  not that i hate it…it’s just so hard!!! lol.  i feel good after (which i always need to remember)

maybe i am just quicker now that i know how to use the machines?

either way…i did the math…and did the unthinkable – got naked in a dressing room.
that pretty much made up my mind.

more weights it is.

i never thought i’d say this…but i love my cardio way too much to reduce my time.  the personal trainer told me i didn’t need to do much cardio, but the thing is, i love my cardio.

So tonight will be my first night.  i am doubling the time i spend doing weights.  if i can’t move tomorrow…i don’t really care, cause it’s gotta be done.

hello…we are mere months away from bikini season people…and mamma wants to go bikini shopping!!

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i am so in love

with the gym!
it’s true…i can’t even believe i said it, but there is no use in denying the truth.
 
i picked it up a few notches last night
and what i mean by a few…is ALOT.
 
my whole life i have hated the elliptical.
and i think that the word hate is an understatement.
 
even hating it…i did purchase one years ago believing that if i owned one, i would have to use it.
sure at the beginning of that love affair i was on it.
i hated it.  i dreaded it.  15 minutes seemed like a lifetime.
it didn’t matter if i was watching tv, or listening to music.  i just hated it.
if i could have had a glass of wine in one of my hands perhaps i would have felt differently at the time lol
it became my closet of sorts…or my hamper.
it was a fancy clothes holder, that’s what it was.
 
so when i went for my assessment at the gym, my personal trainer said i should be able to work myself up to an hour on the elliptical.
she said this after getting me to do it for 3 minutes.
i thought – whatever lady.  stop the crack.
 
the other day i thought i would give it a go.  i was on it for 35 minutes
and….
i loved it.
i am not too sure what changed inside of me…to actually say that i enjoy it…
i really don’t know.
i loved everything about it.  the jello legs, the heavy breathing…the sweating…
(i am talking about the gym people, not bedroom antics – mind outta the gutter!)
 
so back to the gym i went yesterday.
did all my ab work out and weights and hopped on the elliptical
which to my great joy (NOT) is right in front of a mirror.
 
all of a sudden i heard that jerk in my head telling me i wouldn’t be able to succeed without him training me etc.
i kept hearing that sing song voice in my head that i should be able to do it for an hour…
so off i went.
different things flashed through my head…like all the cute bikinis that will be coming out this season…my trip to Texas, summer, cute clothes
and i kept going and going…
and i kid not when i say it was not even a struggle.
 
i didn’t do an hour on the elliptical.  i did an hour and one minute.
eat that jerk face.
 
and i felt freakin’ amazing…i could have kept going…but i didn’t
 
a couple of hours later…trying to get up from the couch was fun
my knees ached something fierce…
i didn’t think much of it…
 
i woke up in the middle of the night to get a drink
and i felt like i was just hit by a car.  and i have personal experience with that feeling…
i felt like i blew out my knees!!!  crazy.  and not fun.
 
i woke up this morning…feeling not bad at all.  my knees are a little sore…as is most of my body – especially my lower back.
but i feel amazing.
 
i cannot describe how i felt after my work out yesterday.
it’s an unexplainable high…like a drug.
i see how people get addicted to working out…because at the end of it all…you just feel so absolutely amazing.
 
why didn’t i discover this sooner??? 

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replenishing my spirit

this weekend was not about carb counting, cardio workouts and power walking….

this weekend was about:

~ late night bbq with the people i love the mostest

~ coffee and cheesecake and awesome conversation

~ early morning road trip with one of my bff’s

~ singing in the car at the top of my lungs

~ laughing till i cried

~ mid day naps

~ late night timmies run

~ throwing on comfies and watching movies on the couch

~ lazy sunday morning

~ walking the dog

~ reading more of the book that is soooooo hard to put down!

~ writing

~ iced coffees

~ chai tea

~ quiet stillness

~ good eatin’

~ relaxing

~ love

it was a perfect weekend.  one where i didn’t have to worry about when i would fit in a work out, or when i would find time to fit in an hour and a half walk.
this weekend i just “was”.  i was tired from the crazy week i had…and so i took it easy…
loving every moment of just bee-ing

i am rejuvenated, awake, energetic and happy.  i am ready to kick this weeks ass.
back to cardio madness tonight!
wooo-hooo!!


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