Thursday, September 1, 2011

Fitness Check-In (Week 3)

I recognized a few motivating factors this week for us gym-goers. Notice all the people already in shape? The girls with the toned arms who aren't even flexing, yet you can just tell they have great muscles. The ones wearing those adorable little workout outfits I'm 30 pounds from being able to fit into. The one on the machine RIGHT NEXT TO ME that's CRUISIN with no signs of slowing. I matched her pace and kept up with her for quite a while. If she can do it, so can I.

Then yesterday I hopped on the elliptical apparently right after someone got off, and saw that she burned over 650 calories. Um, yeah. I burned 671, well over 100 more than my normal daily goal.

It's also equally motivating to look around and realize I'm the smallest one in my line of sight. Yes, they may have farther to go than me on their fitness journey, but they're going to drop that weight quicker than I am. So I push to keep up with the quick losers, and push to get to the slim and trim level of those already there.

The quantitative progress still isn't there, and now that I've finished week three, I'm still super frustrated about it, but I get it. I do. My body doesn't know what to do about me. It's definitely changing, just not enough for me to notice yet. But one day, I will notice. And that will be a GREAT day.

A friend likened it to pushing a boulder up a hill. You push and push and push and it's hard and it hurts and it doesn't seem like you're getting anywhere, then suddenly, it rolls. The weight will fall off. The work will pay off. Getting up that hill seems to take forever, but if you don't keep going, you won't get there at all.

Calories burned on the elliptical this week (assuming the calibration is correct): 2,802

How are your fitness goals coming?


  1. Wow, that's such good progress! I'm super competitive in fitness, too--when I run outside, I hate having anyone pass me! That definitely helps me meet my goals. Congrats!

  2. Congrats on the progress! My hubby and I are doing INSANITY and he's been losing weight which has been so nice for him! I'm eating better and a whole lot less tired!!!

  3. Good job! It's good to see commitment! (I'm your newest follower FYI) I happen to be a personal trainer as well!
    Keep up the good work! Remember it's 80% diet when it comes to weight loss and working out your muscles (on a non cardio machine) burns more calories in the long run! (300-500 MORE on days your NOT working out)
    Anyways, just thought I'd help you out with your goals!
    Keep working hard!