Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Feels Familiar

I didn't want to go to the gym during my lunch hour today. The weather in Vegas has been very hot and walking to and from the gym is not as fun anymore. Especially when I'm still sweaty from my workout and a ten-minute trek each way in 104 degree temps will only make me sweat even more through my work clothes. I love sweating at the gym but don't like sweat running down my back underneath my office attire.

My solution to this temporary inconvenience: I wear a hat to protect my face from the sun (maybe I should carry an umbrella instead) and instead of changing back to my work clothes after a cardio workout and jetting back to the office, I cool down with weight bearing exercises until my sweating slows down enough to wipe off. Yeah, I could rinse off before going back to work but that would sap my cardio time and I'll need to carry a towel and sandals. More stuff to carry will make my routine more complicated and one of the reasons I'm able to workout every weekday or at least four days per week is because I keep my workout gear and routine simple. I have other motivators but that's another post.

So I didn't work out Saturday, Sunday, Monday (because I was on a mini-vacation), or Tuesday because I had a meeting too close after my lunch hour and didn't want to feel self-conscious about my matted hair and possible body odor. After four days off, it can be WAY to easy for me to get lazy and skip the gym. They say it takes 21 days to form a habit and I think it only takes three days to break a habit.

I know I'm rambling. I just feel like writing whatever and keep thinking I could keep this post really, really short and simple but hey--this is my workout diary.

To sum it up, I didn't feel like working out because of the heat and I've had too many days off. Instead I wanted to sit somewhere cool and read a new book I got called, Skinny Bitch. But somehow that felt wrong to me...reading a book about health and fitness when I should darn well be at the gym for that hour. So I decided to work first and went to the gym, then tonight I can play and read my book. I tell you, after the grueling minutes of huffing, puffing, and sweating on the stair stepper, I forgave myself for the missed days and there's nothing like feeling the endorphins kick in.

So what did I do today?
20 minutes stair stepper (range of 95 to 140 steps per minute, cool-down in the last minute)
One set of sit-ups, seated row, inclined chest press, tricep pushdown, and bicep curls

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