It’s true; I had completely fallen off the fitness wagon – completely. Since some of you have been with me since the fitness revolution started, I can’t get back on track without this confession of my total failure to stick with the program. If I wasn’t a believer, then I would say that the universe conspired against me, but the truth is that I allowed everything get in the way of my fitness program. Work, family commitments and just about everything under the sun was given precedence over my workouts, and I’ve paid dearly paid for it.
I’ve regained some of the weight that I worked so hard to lose but the worst part is the way that I feel. It’s weird but I can feel the stamina leaving me and my metabolism started to slow all the way down. Unlike the last time, I still look like myself but it’s sad that my goal jeans and I are no longer on speaking terms. I desperately need to get back to where I was and that means running at least one 5K before the year’s end. So there we have a goal – to resume the right course and stay there this time.
My family and I invested in two new pieces of exercise equipment. Actually, they’re not new but second-hand from Craiglist: a Bowflex Xtreme and ProForm CrossTrainer 56 recumbent bicycle. We were very blessed when my sister’s best friend got her personal trainer to bring them home for me, and look them over to make sure we weren’t being cheated. The fellow sold us the Bowflex Xtreme along with the mat, poster, DVD’s, straps, bars and manuals. After a good clean down, everything was ship shape. The bike is a slightly different story. Although the battery operated LCD interface works well, I’m not sure that the resistance level is where it’s supposed to be. Eventually, I’ll get a professional to come take a look at it, but in the meantime, it works and the seat drops to double as a weight bench. By the Grace of God, we now have three pieces of quality gym equipment for under USD $400. So you know what that means? No retreat, no surrender and no excuses!
I’ve also rediscovered the Fitocracy app. I wasn’t able to hit the treadmill like I used at first, but needed accountability. The iPhone app and website provided that; and although I wasn’t writing daily updates here, I was logging my workouts online and had my fellow fitocrats as competition. Nothing provides more impetus than healthy competition. Usually I’d throw myself into a cardio program, but decided to use weights to focus on strength training. It’s helped me to feel stronger but I’ve needed to run. This week, I did a fartlek on the treadmill alternating running at 5.5 with an incline of 2.0; with walking at 3.0 with an incline of 5.0. Tomorrow I’m going to do the same and follow up with some Wide Grip Lat Pulldowns on the Bowlflex to work my back and shoulder muscles. Look out for more frequent updates on my progress and my very first giveaway to help a lucky reader out there to get fit for 2014!