Sunday, September 08, 2013

Crunch!

That is the noise my neck makes when ever I move my head from side to side (see post title above.) It is also the name of the gym I joined last week. Yup. I joined a GYM! *checks to see if pigs are flying outside my window*

I am going to assume hell is still a very toasty temp too. Heh heh. You know what? I like it! I've had two gym memberships in the past. One at Lucille Roberts - I think I went 2 or 3 times then paid the membership fees for 2 years after that. One at Curves - there I was moderately more successful. I went for about 6 months and was doing well but came down with an upper respiratory infection and was in bed for a week and recovering for nearly 2 months after. I never went back. Continued to PAY for it for years after, but just couldn't bring myself to go. Then I had a bad slip and fall accident on ice in my driveway (I'm sure I blogged about it somewhere in here) and that was all she wrote.

The thought of going to a gym was terrifying after that. I was in so much pain daily I didn't think I'd ever recover. I couldn't move, I ate away my depression and the bigger I got the less I moved until I was an invalid. I couldn't even walk from my family room to the bathroom without feeling like I was going to pass out from the pain.

Yeah. Rough shape.

So now? I am 70 lbs lighter, I swam an average of 4 days a week all summer, I saw an exercise physiologist through my weight loss clinic two weeks ago and she designed a workout plan for me. Plan in hand, I waltzed (well, limped slightly since I still walk with a cane) into my local Crunch Fitness and signed up.

Their very nice personal trainer Marie got me up to speed on one of the treadmills. Nice equipment there too! It's great joining a brand new gym (they have been open less than a year here in town.) I had my second workout today and I feel really good.  Workouts in the past always left me feeling like I was about to DIE. Suellyn told me that kind of punishing workout is not the way to go. I need to gradually increase my intensity at a pace that works for me. If it's too hard, I won't stick with it. Makes total sense, right? Shocking.

So I am walking 3/4 of a mile at 1.8 mph. I slowly get up to that speed and monitor my heart-rate with a target of 130 bpm. Then I walk steadily for 20 minutes and then gradually cool down until my hear-rate is around 100. That way I don't faint on my way out of the gym. ;) So far, so good. I'm sure I'll go faster and further as my stamina and physical fitness level improves. I'll have to work a little harder to get to my target heart-rate. I look forward to playing with all the buttons on that treadmill. Imagine, me...looking forward to "hills". Oh the mountains I will climb. I hope.

1 comment:

Donna said...

I am so proud of you.