Treadmill Blues

Going to the gym to run on the treadmill is not my ideal form of running. I like running outside and listening to my preferred playlist. However, running outside is not always feasible for me. I live in an apartment, and there are not great trails in my neighborhood. So, in the winter, I will go to the gym.

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The single best thing I’ve found to do for myself when running inside on a treadmill (not a track, there’s not one at my gym) is to watch a really high intensity show like 24. This not only keeps my heart rate up, but also keeps my attention. It also helps to not have seen the show a lot. If I watch The Office when I run it feels like the run will never be over since I know everything that’s going to happen & my mind starts to wander.

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Another way to mix up the gym in the winter is by using the elliptical sometimes too. It’s definitely not ideal, but if you cannot stomach the idea of running another single step on the stupid treadmill, it’s definitely worth it to switch up the machine to prevent burnout.

Also, create your own vengeance running scenarios like Mindy Kaling should also work if you don’t have access to a TV.

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“What does it mean to be a ‘runner?’”

I’ve been thinking about this question a lot. I follow a lot of running moms on Instagram because they inspire me so much. They run despite having a lot more hurdles in the way than I do (KIDDOS). I saw a post one day that said:

How to become a runner? Run.

I love that, because you have to start somewhere! You don’t have to run a mile in five minutes, you don’t have to run a marathon, you don’t even have to run every day. You just have to run. Let that be your motivation. What does it mean to be a runner? It means running. Just get out there, and run.

MyFitnessPal

There are things in life that I simply don’t like doing. Taking showers, for one. Doing dishes. Or folding laundry. But what happens if I don’t take care of any one of those items? Things start piling up. Grease on my hair, dishes in the sink, clothes in the hamper. All because I didn’t do something really easy that doesn’t take super long if I would JUST RIP THE BANDAID OFF ALREADY.

That brings me to the topic today. Counting calories. UGH. I used to hate, hate, hate doing this. In fact, I still don’t love it. But if I don’t do it, things start piling up. AKA weight on my body that does not belong there. I’m someone who loves food. I don’t know if you’ve gotten that impression from me, but I’m basically Liz Lemon.

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But, I cannot eat like Liz Lemon and maintain her lithe figure (because that’s not how real life works unfortunately). I’ve found that counting calories works for me for several reasons:

  1. I had counted carbs before and nearly killed everyone due to NO CARBS.
  2. I basically eat what I want and don’t feel guilty.
  3. MyFitnessPal does all the hard work for me.

Counting calories is an absolute necessity for me because during the day while I’m at work, I’m sedentary. When I graduated college and got my first desk job, I continued to eat the same way as when I lived off campus, and walked everywhere because I didn’t have a car. Which manifested in my gaining TWENTY POUNDS. This was not healthy due to my height and previous weight. I didn’t feel confident, I didn’t feel like me. I was also really sluggish and depressed (which is why I didn’t feel like myself). This past summer, I began counting my calories and running, and ended up losing about 10-15 pounds. Over the holidays, I have maintained my weight, which is what I wanted to do, and now, I’m trying to get back to my initial/regular weight from over two years ago. MyFitnessPal is awesome because you can set it to lose weight, maintain, or gain weight. There are a lot of things NOT verified, but you can eyeball close enough.

I love being active, and keeping up my exercise and healthy eating is something I plan to do for my entire life, not just now to lose weight. I’m concerned for my overall health because of family history, not just my appearance.

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NOT ME ANYMORE (ok sometimes aka I just demolished a meal at Chuy’s but it’s okay because I budgeted my calories and worked out today)

What my fitness routine looks like TODAY:

At the beginning of the year, I got an email from Kayla Itines, you know, from BBG (Bikini Body Guide) to get her app for $1 for 12 weeks! I snatched up that offer, so I’ve been using that app consistently since Jan 9. I gotta say, I’m really enjoying it.

Primarily because

  1. I’m not chained to a workout video. One thing about me is that I really love a good workout video, and I’ve tried Insanity, P90X, T25, and the 30 Day Fix with Jillian Michaels. I really like mixing things up every once in awhile, but after killing my workouts, I start dreading them. This app has you specifically using iit for three days: legs, arms & abs, full body. The other three days you are doing “LISS” cardio on your own. From my understanding, you add “HIIT” cardio once you graduate from the first round, but I’m not sure.
  2. I enjoy running, and with the workout videos, the cardio is what THEY decide. I like running outside in the spring, summer, and fall, and so this is a highlight for me.
  3. The workouts are four repetitions of two seven-minute circuits. AKA it’s 28 minutes long, plus a cool down. I can manage to wake myself up earlier to accomplish this smallish amount of time. If it’s any earlier, forget about it. LOL. I value my sleep.

One of the downsides of the app is that while you can plan out your workouts from the planner screen, once you’ve done them you can’t move them around. For example, I completed cardio on Thursday, but didn’t have my app open & forgot to log it on that day. I added it on Friday, but on the calendar view, it had me completing it on Friday. I couldn’t move it. This likely is user error, but it should be easy to update the workouts, and times.

Overall, it’s something that I can easily do, and am motivated to get moving for 30 minutes a day. Easily better than not moving at all! I am interested in what you do to get moving. Would love to know in the comment section!