Getting It Together & Feeling Pretty Good
Thursday, September 17, 2020
In my last post I mentioned that I was considering a few home-gym purchases. I bit the bullet and ordered a stationary bike! It's a Sunny Health & Fitness one, and while it's not top-of-the-line, I think it'll work for what I want. I put it together myself on Monday, and have done two workouts so far :) The first time, there were some bolts definitely loose, and the levelers weren't just right so I wobbled a bit during the standing parts. I may have over-tightened the bolts, though, because on my second ride there was a LOT of squeaking and creaking. And, the wobble was still there. My partner is going to double check my work and see if he can figure out what's going on.
I also bought the Les Mills on demand subscription. I really enjoy being able to do RMP and BodyPump classes. I still need to get a barbell and some smaller weights -- for some reason, I have several 10 pound plates, but no 5 or 2.5 ones -- and I'll be set. I'm using 3 concrete blocks for a step right now and that seems to be working just fine.
I'm also still working my way through one of the Nike Training Club programs. I think variety is good, and the Nike workouts are as much fun as the Les Mills ones. This week my plan is RPM (spin) on M, W, and Fr, BodyPump on Tu, and I did Nike today. I also did a yoga practice yesterday, and will spend some time stretching this afternoon, too. (my back is a bit fussy).
I ramped up to this level of activity over the last three weeks, with the Nike app, and of course, walking the dogs. We still go for evening walks most days. I feel like this is a pretty good level of activity, so I'm holding off on ordering the TRX equipment as much as I enjoyed that class. I may eventually, but for right now, the bike, weights and bodyweight work is plenty. I'm trying to get back to January levels. According to my watch (which isn't 100% accurate, but close enough) I spent 18 hours in January exercising and burned just over 8,000 calories working out. I won't hit those numbers this month, but maybe next.
Nutrition is still wavering here and there -- yesterday I ate a bunch of Reece's cups. Now, I don't think ONE or even two Reece's is bad, but I ate a bunch of them. Way over on carbs, for sure. I'm aiming for a more Mediterranean diet, with more veggies and seafood, but with more limited carbs than the usual Mediterranean diet. As skeptical as I've always been about keto, low carb is good for me. I feel better, all sorts of digestive symptoms go away, and the scale moves (when I can manage to stick to it).
The garden has been generous this summer, but without really overwhelming me. I have a few bags of homemade tomato sauce in the freezer, along with a few bags of frozen tomatoes, and one precious serving of green beans. We have enough apples to make a few pies for the freezer, too. I'm getting ready to plant some greens and a few other winter things, like carrots and beets and such.
We're deep into planning my daughter's baby shower. She already looks terribly uncomfortable. Poor girl is very small -- most of the time she weighs just over a hundred pounds -- and she works crazy hours at one of the hardest post offices in the region. She's a supervisor, too, so it's stressful. I think she's getting to the point where just showing up feels like a lot of work.
We've had a couple more sleepovers with are darling Eliza. She's getting so grown! Her third birthday is in February, but she's a better conversationalist than several adults I know. We are so very very lucky to have her nearby so that we can see her often.
Okay. I'm supposed to be writing an article about Teledoc (a Telehealth company) purchasing Livongo (a diabetes management company) instead of writing this update on my fitness progress.
I hope that the pandemic isn't affecting you too terribly -- nor the fires, nor the hurricanes, nor any of the other craziness in the world. I hope that you're getting nearer your health goals and that you feel good!
(I wanted to include a photo of my new bike and me right after my first ride, but I'm having technical difficulties. boohoo)