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Today, I've managed 40 minutes of pedalling. The first instalment was 17 minutes in length, after which I had to fetch something from the canteen before my noon phone meeting. I resumed pedalling during the meeting, and stopped when I'd reached a total of 33 minutes. A bit later on, somebody thought that the building had got too warm and switched on the air conditioner.

I freeze in here on a summer's day. I pedalled for a few more minutes till I was no longer on the brink of shivering. It's getting cold in here again, but I've got to ease back into working out, so I'll likely opt for my cardie instead of more pedalling.

Gadgetry

Jan. 20th, 2009 04:01 pm
youngraven: (motivation)
So.

I bought one of these things yesterday:


As one can clearly see - despite the graininess of the photo - it's a little frame with two pedals on. As much as I'm chagrinned to admit it, I fell out of my workout regimen with rather a hearty splat. Seriously, I don't know what's wrong with me - most mornings I wake feeling as though something heavy trode upon me in my sleep. You know, a dinosaur or King Kong or something. Since - to myself at least - the lack of Moving About is beginning to show, I decided that the best way to thwart my lack of working out was to sneak up on it. Take it unawares. Employ the element of surprise.

Today, I logged thirty minutes of pedalling. Under my desk. In my office.

Ha. Ha. Ha.

Lazy girl?

Feb. 12th, 2007 10:53 pm
youngraven: (motivation)
Today, when I woke, the last thing I wanted to do was swop my bed for an elliptical...

...but I did it anyway.

:D
youngraven: (motivation)
I took Monday off, as when I awoke I was still feeling the effects of Saturday night's leaping about and Sunday afternoon's flailling about. Tuesday and today, however, I'd no such excuses (despite that I was too late at the pub last night pitching darts. I won by default), so it was onto the elliptical with me. I'm very tempted to humour my animist self and give it a name. 'George' comes to mind, but saying 'so it was onto George with me' frankly sounds a bit filthy.

And this isn't that sort of journal.

So...how did we go with it? Well...
Yesterday
Distance: 2.1 miles
Energy: 106 (down a bit, but still)
Heart: remained beating throughout

Today
Distance: 2.0 miles
Energy: 108 (and back up a bit)
Heart: again, it remained beating throughout

I've noticed something about taking exercise which I think is the culprit behind my previous inabilities to form any sort of a sound habit. Well, one of the culprits, at any rate. I am after all a magpie, and thus my interest is ofttimes hard to keep. I've noticed that for the first...ah, perhaps fortnight of the regime, I feel absolutely wretched - as though I'm filling with poison. There's no endorphine high, there's no sense of accomplishment (curiously, it's rather the opposite), there's no burst of energy. Rather it's a profound sense of wanting to curl up and wink out of existence. This phase is usually succeeded by the manic phase, in which at unpredictable times I become rather giddy and somewhat difficult to be round - as was the case last night at seisiun. I don't remember a great lot of what I said or did, but I am left with a vague sense that I should strongly consider regretting most of it.

Ah well, there's bliss in amnesia. I think.

Unfortunately, I've yet to (for reasons of extreme magpie) find myself past the manic stage, so I'm not entirely certain what comes after it - or if it even goes away. Here's to this being the time I discover that, eh?
youngraven: (motivation)
Today's accomplishment went thusly (and it was a difficult one, 'cos I could see the snow-covered ground through the windows, and it was a bit distracting):
Time: 20 minutes (I've explained this already
Distance: 2.1 miles
Calories/Energy: 111 (up by five from yesterday).

So, I tried to find out what my pulse might be, and I fell off the paddles a bit. Perhaps a heart-rate monitor that I could wear is in order. At least today I didn't drop anything. I've been entertaining my mind with Aardman Studios' 'Creature Comforts' - lent us by Chris. My work outs last right round two interviews.

So, there's that.

I wonder...

Feb. 1st, 2007 04:04 pm
youngraven: (motivation)
...how many of these wee darlings I'll post before the thought of doing (posting about them) gets right up my nose?

So, today I decided upon the 'interval' setting - which is a bit like running through San Francisco - first one climbs rather a steep hill, and then one tumbles down it. It's the one I'd been using most of all. I suppose I'll use the manual setting (in which one can choose the strength of the resistance) should I be feeling particularly lazy...or I don't know. If the other begins to bore me. It's the worst, really, the boredom. I've got a magpie's attention span at times, and if I'm not thoroughly enthralled by whatsoever I may be doing...ah, I go off it and wander away.

My, that was a bit much disclosure for this particular forum. Ah well. I suppose if it troubled me all that greatly I'd delete it, wouldn't I?

Where was I? Right, on to the statistics (you know, the even more potentially embarrassing part in which I admit to God and her auntie how I didn't exactly run a marathon in record time. Journey of a thousand miles, my lovelies...).
Time: 20 minutes (I've really no more time in the morning for anything longer)
Distance: 2.1 miles (sure, I'm faster when I'm not racing up a mountain)
Calories/Energy: 106
Weight: Hovering round 8st3, which is (shirrup) a bit higher than I'd prefer, but I'm sure it'll all work itself out.
I've no idea as to what my heart rate was doing, beyond that my heart was beating (which is preferable to it not doing, I hear). I've pissed about with the pulse handles (or however they're called), and I find it not entirely easy to stop myself falling off my feet when I do. I'm trusting that climbing up onto the elliptical and doing something with it is far superior to lolling about on my arse doing sweet damnall, and that something good will come of it. My word, that was a cumbersome sentence, but no matter.

So, there it stands. I've gone almost the whole of a week doing it, and it's said that it takes round 28 days to change or adopt a habit. Again, sez I, the journey of a thousand miles...

Bandwagons

Jan. 31st, 2007 10:48 pm
youngraven: (motivation)
In the spirit of all of the others who have done the same...

Today's elliptical statistics:
20 minutes
2.1 miles
50.7 calories (yes, it seems low, I don't know what's wrong with it)

So.

There you have it.

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