Tuesday, February 20, 2007

working out

so. it's on to week 3 of me working out. i do anywhere from 30 to 45 minutes on the elliptical machine, and call it a day. it's better than nothing, right? and it's way more work out than i've done in awhile. i'm really trying hard to stay with this. i don't know what it is with me and my mentalness when it comes to excercise. i guess it's because i simply don't enjoy it. and maybe it's because i never see results quick enough- so i get discouraged and think "why am i even doing this when it's not fun and i hate it?!?!"

i'll tell you that i haven't lost a pound (and yes, i have totally changed my diet as well). and no, my clothes aren't fitting differently either. what i have noticed, even if it's ever so slight, is that my legs feel firmer when i walk. oh yeah, another thing to note is my appetite. good gravy, since working out- i am HUNGRY!! like i have a serious appetite and a slim fast doesn't fill it. i'm talking about this because i think it's important to chronicle what the hell is (or isn't) going on to my body when i excercise. and i'm hoping that one day, out of nowhere, i'll just start dropping pounds. or SOMETHING. something the inspires me to keep up this torture. because i really want to stick with it until the wedding. maybe by then, it won't be so torturous anymore. maybe it will become something i like doing? maybe i shouldn't get carried away.

my motivation isn't even wedding focused. it's honeymoon focused. i figured that if i'm going to be traipsing around in a bikini for 7 days, i'd better look better than i do now. cause this view- it would scare small children.

17 comments:

Jenn said...

What everyone always tells me on this subject and I hate hearing is the ole' - Muscle weighs more than fat! So if your working out your muscles you won't lose weight.

=\ bah whatever.

I'd keep it up anyway, that way you won't regret not doing it, and can at least say to yourself you did what you could!

ali said...

i am so with you...i've been back at the gym since the first week in january - 3-4 times a week and all i feel are more muscles in my thighs. no weight loss or inch loss. sucks balls, i tell you.

Eileen said...

You're improving your strength and endurance overall...very good things. My uncle just had emergency quintuple bypass surgery. Look at it as preventing THAT in 25 years.

melissamm said...

I'm in the same boat as you Jenn. Been working out with a friend for an hour 3-4x a week for about 6 weeks now and I'm not noticing anything drastic. Maybe my butt is sitting up higher and I'm walking a bit taller but pants still feel snug. Definitely not like it used to be when I worked out back in the day.

My grandma always said that I should watch what I eat and do because as soon as I get in my 30s, things would slow down. Dang, seems as though G.Ma was right once again. Dang!

Keep it up though! In the long run, it'll pay off. Better to be doing something, than nothing.

Theresa said...

I'm in my late 40's, been working out for 2 years and the only thing that worked was the South Beach Diet. I two weeks you will lose at least 10 lbs. I'm serious.

alison said...

You're doing good and having firmer thighs is definitely a result! You'll start to see visible results after 6-8 weeks---that's usually how it works. So, hang in there and think of all the benefits to your heart and lungs and all that other stuff too!

Anonymous said...

I hate to say it but muscles DO weigh more than fat! And the more muscles you have the more fat you burn.

Keep at it! Be proud of what you are committed to!

radioactive girl said...

Where the heck did my comment go? I just tried to leave one abot how you must be smoking crack because you are totally hot! I like to run, but I could see how it would be discouraging if you hate to work out and are also not seeing results.

Now I bet my other comment will show up and I'll have two that are almost the same right next to each other. Story of my life I tell you.

russ said...

The "lard only" diet works for some people.

Her Bad Mother said...

Dooooood. If I had to get into a bikini anytime soon I'd be working out 24-7. Because the world is NOT ready for this jelly.

Lisa said...

I so know what you are going through... It pisses me off that I sweat like a pig only to not notice ANY FUCKING CHANGE. (ok. sorry I yelled. am frustrated too.)

Meanwhile, my husband can lose five pounds after drinking a glass a water and walking around the block. Gah.

Kim said...

Hey, you are at the 3 week mark, and all those experts say that after 3 weeks you start to love all that sweating, and time lost, and breathing hard, and muscles hurting!!! So just think, the next time you go you will crave all that crap. Ya, RIGHT!! I've been doing this for 2 years now, and I still don't love to sweat. But I do enjoy going to the gym, and actually feel weird if I don't. But, I don't have a full time job, I consider it my job to go to the gym, so maybe that's it. Quit working and only work at going to the gym, then you'll love it!!

Grim Reality Girl said...

Preggers?

/just kidding! stop your hating now!

RWA said...

Hang in there. It will all pay off.

Sam said...

When I used to do cardio and weights I only lost 3 pounds, but my shape eventually changed a LOT. I suppose my heart was healthier and all that crap, but really, it is the shape that keeps you going. Also, I hated cardio. I loved the weights. Might want to give it a try.

Mama's Moon said...

Oh, 'ster! Haven't been around for a while and I've been thinking about you and your upcoming wedding. I've got lots of reading to catch up on here!

I'm givin' you mad-props for the elliptical thingy! I hate exercising and manage to find every excuse not to when I know I REALLY need to - Target started selling their cute bikinis three weeks ago. Made me loathe myself even more.

Good luck with it all! Keep it up, those pounds'll start dropping soon enough, watch!!

Meena said...

I hear you! Since the beginning of the year I've taken up running. I run every other day, starting to do some weights on the other days. I don't think I've lost any weight.

BUT, I too have noticed the change in the legs.

I've never been much of an athlete, I've never much enjoyed any kind of exercise. But running has been a challenge for me - I've never seen myself as a runner ("I'm too slow" "I'll injure myself") and now that I'm doing it, I'm kind of excited. And I'm setting goals - a 5K in the spring, a 10K this summer. The challenge, the goals, that is keeping me motivated and actually LOOKING forward to running.

Wish you luck, if you think you can get yourself into a bikini, you're FAR FAR ahead of me!!! :-)