Yesterday, I started my new routine of going to the gym and lifting weights. I work at a University where there are several fitness centers available to all faculty/staff/students for free. So, I went with my friend Jess that I work with at my part time job, with a workout that I printed from weightwatchers.com. I ended up kinda following it but wanted to try all of the machines. So, I did 2 reps of 12 on each machine with a 30 second break between reps. I chose a weight that I felt like I could barely complete 12 reps. I lifted each weight slowly and controlled and never let the weights touch in-between reps. These are all things I've read when I was trying to learn how to use lift weights. I am much stronger in my legs since I have walked around carrying 323 pounds around. You never realize how little you use some muscles. My arms and shoulders feel a little sore and tired today after the workout but its a good feeling! My legs only felt a little sore during my walk to work but nothing really big. I should up the weight next time. :) Jess and I are going to try a different gym on campus this Wednesday to see which location we like best. Most of the people that came into the gym last night used the elliptical, treadmill, stair-climber, bikes, etc... So we were pretty much alone in the weight area last night. That was nice.
Tonight, my water aerobics class starts again! YAY! It feels like its been a year since my last class...but its really only been since the beginning of July! I love water aerobics! I have soo much fun and don't sweat too much since I am in the water. (I hate to sweat!) But don't get me wrong, it is possible to sweat while working out in the water...just easier to cool off. haha! My instructor is also a personal trainer and he works us hard! When you are done with the workout you should be tired...no matter how many years you've been doing the water aerobics. If you don't feel tired then you aren't pushing yourself hard enough! I watch some of the girls in my class barely move. They don't push themselves hard enough and I can imagine that aren't burning as many calories as they could. There are some ladies in my class that have been doing the classes for over like 15 years and they still get a good workout! They move soo fast and keep right up with him. I just move as fast as I physically can. I weigh a lot more than them and it just isn't physically possible for me to move as fast as them. I will get there. :)
I am still doing my walking during the week also...as much as I can. So, I am a moving machine! :) I've started reading this booked called "What to Eat" written by Marion Nestle. She is a Nutrition professor at NYU. She is a wealth of information! Her basic principles of a good diet are so simple! They can be summarized in just 10 words: "Eat less, move more, eat lots of fruits and vegetables!" and for added clarification, a 5-word modifier can be added: "go easy on junk foods!" Isn't that easy to memorize!? I will be sharing great information I will be learning as I read along. I am soo excited about this book! :)