Tough Workout

Last night I did quite a workout.

30 minutes elliptical w/arms set on interval training, the thing said I burned 370 calories, and I guess it felt like it, especially this morning. My heart rate was going from 130-160 on each interval. I definitely felt like I was working harder but it didn’t take as much effort. I found that same idea online, this article talks about how a treadmill seems harder than an elliptical when you are actually burning more calories on the elliptical.

I also did all the weights, but faster than normal because the daycare was closing and it was my turn to interrupt my workout and get the kids.

Then we went swimming and I did my 500+100 yards, in 14:40 and 2:20, the 2:20 was far from my best of 2:01, but the 14:40 was a new best by 35 seconds. I must have done nearly half backstroke and still stopped to rest for at least a minute of the total. I still have lots of room for improvement just as soon as my lungs get a bit more efficient.

I felt great after it was all over but had that little jiggle in my step. (For you MizFit, I won’t mention the food, but you know what I am talking about. 😉 ) This morning I was very tired and did not want to get up. I think I need about 3 more hours of sleep, I got 7 although I was only going for 6 to get to work a little early which did not happen. I had a very harsh discussion with my alarm clock, I am thinking I will have to apologize tonight when I see it again. I am feeling it in all my muscles, especially the arms from the elliptical, then the weights, then the swimming.

So if you add it all up I think I burned something like 370 + 250 + 200 = 820, looking at a couple of sites online to figure out calories burned for weights and swimming. That is more than I had for dinner I am pretty sure. I don’t remember the last time I ate a normal dinner then did a workout that burned more calories than I just ate, before the were even digested no less.

I weighed in today at the exact same weight I started at 5 1/2 weeks ago, 216.6. This might at first seem bad, but I guarantee you I have more muscle than when I started (proof is the other day when I calculated a 45% increase in weight I can lift), so this means that I have lost more fat than muscle added. I am seeing a little differences but not the large wholesale differences I would expect with losing something like 15 pounds with no exercise plan and just using the South Beach Diet. That is, I don’t look like I did last year when I weighed 200 even. But I sure do feel strong. I am a little worried about my plan to go on the South Beach Diet at some point. I have the feeling that I will be needing more sleep and feel more tired as the diet has you eating less by default. Not that you are limited, it is just that feeling of if you want to eat more you can have broccoli or lean ham so you just pass (Oops, Sorry MizFit, I did it again…) you can’t have a handful of cashews and a glass of milk. (This is something I might have chosen recently… yeah, so)

So I will commit to one week of phase 1 here soon, but I don’t know that I can do two if I am feeling too tired cause one thing I am not going to do is back down the workouts. I also can’t finish up the two weeks of phase 1 the day I have my race either, I have to be back in phase 2 for at least a week to have the energy to do the race. Speaking of the race I am going to have to come up with a meal plan the morning of and test it out on my workout Saturday. Doing the race with a splitting side ache is not something I want any part of. I am at T-4 weeks for the race. I need to get my plan together if I want to lose weight with the SBD before then. I can’t do the test on the SBD so I will come up with something for tomorrow to test so I can start SBD phase 1 next week if I get up the gumption.

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