Runs like a girl

Gym etiquette
February 23, 2006, 10:22 pm
Filed under: workouts

Weight: 168.4 lbs

When I got to the gym last night, I promptly went to sign up for one of the elliptical machines. Seeing that all of the spaces were full and that no one was on any of the machines, I went and asked at the desk at what point could I just take one. They told me that the board hadnt been wiped down from the night before and that all of the spaces were free. One of the women then went and grabbed some solvent and a towl and wiped off the sheet. I put my name down for 2 spots (5:45 and 6:30), placed a towel over the bars as a placeholder, then went to go and change.

When I came out of the fitting rooms not even 10 minutes later, I saw that some man had gone and moved my towel and taken my machine. Now, since I had gone to the trouble of ascertaining whether or not I could use the machine, I was a bit annoyed. Since there was a free machine to either side of the one he’d usurped (which begs the question, why didnt he take one of those?), I didnt complain. I just told him that next time he should check with the desk. Then I had the realization that someone might have legitimately signed up for the machine I was now on, so I went back to the desk to find out what the policy was.

One of the trainers, who really didnt have much of a clue, said that if no one had claimed it by 6:10, then I was free to use it. Since that was almost 15 minutes away at that point, I figured I’d just get on and if someone asked me about it, I’d deal with it then. I was bugged though, as why should MY workout be interrupted, when I’d played by the rules.

It seems to me that there are a lot of selfish people at my gym.

Anyway, I did 42 minutes on the elliptical. Why 42? Because that’s how long it took me to burn 600 calories. I then went and worked on my chest, triceps and lower back in the weight room.

One-arm triceps pushdown: 30lbs @ 2×12
French press: 8lbs @ 2×12
Triceps kickpack: 8lbs @ 2×12

Incline chest press: large bar + 10lbs @ 2×12
Incline flyes: 15lbs @ @ 2×10

Deadlifts large bar + 10lbs @ 2×15

February 22, 2006, 7:36 pm
Filed under: workouts

Monday after work I went to the gym and was lucky enough to snag one of the elliptical machines. The guy next to me was coughing, clearing his throat and snorking the entire time he was on his machine. What was truly disgusting is that when he was done, he didnt even wipe down the handles or display. Nasty!!! So when the next fellow came along and made ready to use the machine, I highly recommended that he wipe it down first.

I just don’t understand how some people can be so selfish. Never mind that since he obviouslyy had a congestion issue going on, and shouldnt have been on the damned thing in the first place, but he couldnt clean up his germs when done? Amazing.

Anyway, I did 45 minutes and burned about 630 calories, before moving upstairs and working on my biceps and shoulders.

Upright rows: bar + 10lbs @ 2×15
Side lats: 5 @ 2×15
Behind the back shrugs: 10 @ 2×15
Military press: bar + 10lbs @ 2×10

EZ bar curls: bar + 10lbs @ 2×15
Incline curls: 10@ 2×15
Hammer curls: 10 @ 2×15

Weight gain?! WTF?
February 22, 2006, 7:21 pm
Filed under: weight loss

Weight: 169.8lbs

Its true. The scale bolted upwards this week, it didnt even pretend to creep. At last look it was hovering aroun 169 and that freaks me the crap out as I’ve maintained a low 160’s weight for so long now. Nothing has changed, except that Ive been rather stressed lately. I know there’s been some emotional eating going on, but I’ve been really good about going to the gym and doing cardio so that should more than make up for it. I can only hope that this is a side effect of my period (which finally started today). So I’ll weigh myself again on Friday and see if it’s gone down any.

Fuck. Doesnt do a lot for my selfconfidence when I feel fat and the scale says the same thing.

February 18, 2006, 4:09 pm
Filed under: running, workouts

Weight: 165.4

I deliberately didn’t weigh myself on Friday, as the night before was a bit shameful. I’d met up with Vivienne and Jill at the Duke, where Viv and i ploughed through wings, calamari and fries. Ack!

Anyway, on Friday I was back on track. At lunch I went to the gym to get a weight training sesson in.

deadlifts: bar 2×12
lat pulldowns: 50lbs @ 2×12
bent over rows: bar @ 2×12
bent over lat raise: 8lbs @ 2×12
I.T.Y.: 5lbs @ 2×12 — these were much harder than expected!
military press: small bar + 10lbs @ 2×12
behind the neck shrug: 10 @ 2×12

While in the weight room I had a couple of things come to me.

  1. How you feel you look will affect your workout. If the outfit you’re wearing makes you feel fat, or makes your boobs fall out, if you feel self-conscious, then you aren’t going to be focusing on what you’re doing. So it’s important to be wearing stuff that fits, and makes you feel good.
  2. Follow up a bad visit to the gym or run with another workout within 48 hours. 24 hours is even better. After my craptastic workout on Wednesday, I was reminded why I left Goodlife: the overcrowding drove me NUTS. So while it was a bit cheaper than SCC, I never wanted to actually go. In the back of my head I was worried that the gym would be crowded on Friday, but I went anyways and was really happy to learn that it wasnt. I had a great workout, and am now looking forward to going on Monday. I suspect that I had I not gone yesterday, I would have found an excuse not to go on Monday, thus restarting my “not going to the gym” routine, again.
  3. If muscles are still sore on a scheduled workout day, don’t skip the gym. Instead start with lighter weights and go slowly until the muscles get a chance to warm up and stretch out a bit. My arms were feeling really tender yesterday, so I decided that I would focus on my back muscles, since it would take direct pressure off of the biceps, triceps and shoulder muscles that were still smarting from Wednesday. Im really glad that I did as almost immediately, they began to feel better. Even hours later, the stiffness that I was expecting to feel didnt show up. Today their still sore, but in that really good non-sluggirl kind of way.

After work Rick came over for a run — off to High Park with us! I felt so energetic it was surprising. I dont usually have such spring in my step, but there I was bounding through the park. Sure, there were times when I had to stop to catch my breath, but when we started to run again the same energy level was there. Oh and the crazy hill at the end wasn’t as bad as it usually was. I made it halfway up, paused to catch my breath (I’d lost it somewhere near the bottom), then ran the rest of the way up.

It was cold, -5 at least, and the last half of the run was after dark, but it was a really great run. Rick figures we did around 2.5 miles, which is lovely.

I was thinking I might go for a short run today, but its -14C out, and that is just too cold for me. So maybe tomorrow.

My body is definitely feeling all the exercise: muscles feeling tighter, and overall Im feeling fitter.

Overcrowding causes much frustration
February 16, 2006, 3:46 pm
Filed under: workouts

Weight: 165.2lbs

For the first time in the two years that I have had a Sports Clubs membership, I had a BAD workout. The weight room was insanely overcrowded — no matter where I stood, I felt as though I had no personal space. People were asking if I was almost done with certain machines. I also felt that the girls were going to pop out of my top at any given moment, so I felt very insecure as well.

Because of these distractions, my workout was very hard to get through. I couldnt concentrate, I felt annoyed by the chitterchatter of women yakking with their trainers; with the trainers calling out reps, which clashed with my own internal rep count. I felt self conscious.


Grav close-grip pullups: 100lbs @ 3×10
Triceps pushdowns: 60lbs @ 3×10
Bent over rows: bar @ 3×10.
Barbell curls: bar @ 2×10, 1×5
Upright rows: bar @ 3×10
Lat pushdowns: 60lbs @ 3×10
Close grip pull downs: 50lbs @ 3×10

No cardio.

Today will be a rest day, with plans to either go running with Rick tomorrow or go to the gym after work if he cancels.

Hump day
February 15, 2006, 1:02 pm
Filed under: workouts


Three lbs in three days? It must just be Cookie Weight or something, as I don’t think you can just drop that amount in a couple of days. And since I’ve been eating, and not snacking (much), I guess I’m doing the right thing.

I really want to go to the gym tonight (hah!), but I handwashed my sportsbras last night, and they’re still damp. I think I’ll just go after work and do a strength training workout, instead of cardio and strength, then do cardio tomorrow.


Today’s been a real ass-muncher of a day. I’m tired and kinda cranky, but I think I’ll still go and do my weight workout after work — if only because I’ve told myself that I can have an Easter Creme egg if I want to afterwards. That’s what I’ve been saying for two days now, and you know what? By the time I leave the gym I find that I don’t really want one anymore as it would mean my workout had been nulled by the sweet chocolate-y goodness.

Second day in a row
February 15, 2006, 4:41 am
Filed under: workouts

Weight: 166.4 lbs

Elliptical: 40 minutes, 560 calories burned.
Yoga for runners: 7 poses, three times through.

I cant believe how hestitant I was to buy the March Runner’s World. Sure, it’s been months since I’ve actively ran, and months since the magazine has held interest for me. But for whatever reason I bought it, Im glad I did.

First, it gave me something to read while on the elliptical. I did 40 minutes and it felt like 5.

Second, there was an article on cassaroles, which I was really pleased to see as Ive been really wanting to make one. So thanks to the magazine, I made one tonight using ground chicken, pasta sauce, brown rice and plain pasta, frozen veg, and ground cheddar. What makes it even better is that I had half the ingredients already on hand. Plus I have at least 2 lunch left in the fridge.

Third, there was an article on yoga for runners. I’ve been hesitant to take a class fearing that I would be clumsy and fall all over the place. I also thought it would be hard to do. I don’t know if what Im really doing is “yoga”, but the stretches felt really nice. The magazine says to do the cycle three times a week, but Im going to try to do it every night before I go to bed while I watch tv. I’d like to get to the point where I feel comfortable doing it at the gym right after a workout. I’m also hoping I’ll get familiar enough with the process of stretching this way so that I’ll have the confidence to take a proper class at the gym.

There are also a few articles in the magazine about starting running again after the winter, half marathon training in three days a week, and running to help stave off depression — all things of particular interest to me.

(note: with so many of RW’s articles online, I might not really need to buy the magazine for a while, since I can just read everything for free. Possible sideback: Can’t take computer on elliptical!)

Im toying with the idea of going to the gym again tomorrow, as today’s elliptical run left me feeling so energized, but I don’t want to push myself too hard too soon. I also don’t want to carry my huge gym bag again tomorrow. I think I’ll bring my workout stuff, and decide during the day what I want to do.

If I do go tomorrow, then Thursday will be my rest day. Friday Im either running with Rick or I’ll hit the gym again. Saturday, weather permitting, I might like to go back to High Park, but as I’ll be out at Shelley and Tomasc’ for movies and mayhem on Friday night, I might not be in the mood to run 😉

One final note. Today is Valentine’s Day, and as usual I had no plans. I was feeling really cranky all day, and at one point really wanted to ditch the gym and come home and veg out. Im really glad that I didn’t though, as I feel proud that I’ve worked out twice this week already. Plus, I was home by 6:30 anyway, and was eating dinner within the hour. So that’s pretty cool, as I would otherwise have been making a dent in the couch from 5:30, which is really NOT conducive to losing weight.

Monday’s workout
February 14, 2006, 8:19 pm
Filed under: running, workouts

Weight: 168.8lbs

I went to the gym after work last night:

  • Treadmill: 3miles @ 32:51 — approx 350 calories burned.
  • Lat pulldowns: 50lbs @ 3×10. Very boring, couldn’t wait to be done.
  • Bent over rows: 12lbs @ 3×10. Weight too light. Up to 15lbs next time
  • Incline biceps: 12lbs @ 3×10. Heavy. Last set took a lot of effort.
  • Incline chest press: 12lbs @ 3×10. Good weight, might have been able to lift more. Try 15lb next time?
  • Upright rows: 12lbs @ 3×10. Good weight.
  • French press: 8lbs @ 3×10. Good weight.

I’d also planned on doing squats, but my knees were really sore. I guess after Saturday’s run in the park, and last night’s session on the treadmill, it’s been a bit of a shock to them after such a long period of inactivity.

As for my next workout, I’d planned on taking a capoeira class at lunch today, but it was too busy to get away on time to make it. To be honest, Im very intimidated by classes and am not sure if I’ll be able to do it. I’m still going to go and check it out next Tuesday.

I’ve also bought a new issue of Runner’s World in hopes of re-motivating myself into lacing up. I was talking with a girl at work about it, and a coworker said he could hook me up with a RR discount — which is sweet since I definitely need new shoes for this season. So tonight I’ll be doing 30-40 minutes on the elliptical at the gym, reading the new magazine.

2006 fitness goals
February 14, 2006, 8:14 pm
Filed under: health & fitness
  1. Lose 18 lbs — goal weight of 150lbs
  2. Run 2 5k races
  3. Run 2 10k races
  4. Run one half-marathon
  5. Take up yoga

Reality check time
February 13, 2006, 3:56 pm
Filed under: weight loss

I’ve been saying for about a week now that I don’t feel comfortable in my skin. What I really should have been saying is that I don’t feel comfortable in my jeans. I’ve gained about 5lbs in the last month of so, and given that I’ve been tossing portion control to the wind, it’s unsurprising.

I’d also been avoiding the bathroom scale, thinking I’d be doing myself a favour not to step on top of it. Bad idea as it turns out, as it also allowed me to not be accountable for what I’ve been eating.

So today’s weight: 168.8lbs. I need to get back on track, and back down to 160. Im giving myself three weeks to lose 10lbs, and if I can stay away from the Golden Oreos and bags of Ruffles, and get back to going to the gym on a regular basis I should be able to do this no prob.