Hidee ho there, neighborinos! Happy Leap Day! Yes, today is indeed that fabled day that comes only once every four years. According to a rather UN-progressive Irish legend, this is the one day that women are allowed to propose to their men. And according to the radio hosts on HOT 99.5, calories don’t count today, hahaha! Also, please allow me to wish an extra special happy birthday to those of you whose birthdays fall on February 29th!
Here’s a Leap Year tip for you: don’t watch this movie. It was not good.
So I’ve been doing pretty well with my Lenten resolution to exercise for at least 30 minutes, 5x a week. Admittedly, my workouts have been pretty light to start out with: a bit of cardio, some stretching, some light resistance training, etc. Yesterday, however, I had my first real session with my personal trainer at my new gym, and literally got my ass handed to me. I swear, just trying to sit down on the toilet this morning was the most painful experience of my life.
I am sore. The sad part is that I’m sure most of you would look at what I actually accomplished yesterday and roll your eyes, but for me? Daaaaaaamn. I can’t remember exactly how many reps I did, but I did 3 sets of everything after a 5 minute elliptical warm up. I’m sure I’m making up the names for most of these exercises, seeing as how I don’t really know what I’m talking about. But this is how I’ll remember them, so it works! Ahahaha.
As you can see, we focused on legs, chest, and shoulders yesterday (with just a couple of ab exercises) and man, do I feel it today. Still, being sore like this kind of makes me feel awesome. I mean, it points out how ridiculously out of shape I am, but it also makes me feel like I really accomplished something, y’know? I really feel like throwing real, tangible weight training into my exercise goal is going to help me a lot. Not only is it more interesting than just, uh, running, but I just really like the idea of getting toned and fit (even if all those toned muscles are still sitting under a nice little layer of jelly, ahaha). I also simply want to get stronger. I mean, I know I’ll always be a fragile, delicate special snowflake, but I like the idea of being able to lift a 50 lb kettlebell too! (Sidebar: how does one use kettlebells? I plan on forcing my trainer to teach me since they seem to be all the rage right now.)
Hopefully even just the past week of actual exercise is already paying off. Let’s go ahead and see, shall we?
Whoo-hoo! Another pound gone, and I’m almost back in the 180s! I honestly couldn’t be happier, especially considering I gained like 6 temporary pounds from all my Harry Potter World debauchery (byebye, butterbeer belly!). I’ve been doing pretty well with my eating lately, so with the regular exercise worked in and whatnot, I have high hopes for the next couple of months! Hopefully this trend will continue, and I’ll be back to my pre-holiday weight and will be hitting new weight loss milestones before we know it!