Thursday, January 21, 2010

Perfect 10 Update

Perfect 10 Challenge Update

1) I am going to try at least one new fitness activity every week... even if it is just a new piece of equipment at the gym or some group exercise class.
I didn't have a lot of free time this week so I tried out the elliptical machine at the gym. I was meeting the gym's personal trainer at 10:30 and she wants me to have at least 30 minutes of cardio before strength training so I warmed up at a slow pace and then really worked out hard for the 30 minutes. The things I liked about the elliptical is that it is easier to stay on for a klutz like me. I am always stepping off the belt of the treadmill and stumbling a bit. On the elliptical machine your feet stay in the same place. I also liked that I could feel the work out days later in my legs and butt. I don't think it was great to try before strength training because I was exhausted. It didn't feel strenuous when I was on it but I just flat out had very little left for training that day. In the future, stick with the treadmill on strength training days and save the elliptical for off days.

2) I am going to workout a minimum of 4 hours each week... even when I work everyday.
I got in two good runs this week thanks to nicer weather and less snow. I went to Zumba twice. I worked out in the gym once and with the personal trainer once for a total of 5 1/2 hours this week.

3) I will lose at least 10 pounds.
Weigh in day is coming on the first of the month... fingers crossed.

And lastly the thing you might not know about me...
In Zumba class the instructor often asks people to come up on the stage and dance one of the songs with her. She has asked me several times and I always say no. I would like to because I think she is really friendly and she makes the class really fun and comfortable. I never go up because I think I am a big klutz and I can see myself taking a header off the stage and the thought of being up there scares me a little... and it isn't the potential injury that worries it is having so many witnesses to the injury that worries me. In some other multiverse I am a rock star... in that multlverse I am also better looking, more fit and for some unknown reason own a couple fur-less cats. Go figure.


  1. Way to go on the workouts! You rocked your goals! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  2. You gotta go up and dance...that is so cool that she's asking you.

    Good job on the elliptical...I do it everyday. I mix and match all my cardio, because I get really bored if I stay on the same machine. I can't do it before weights though...since it really works the lower body.

  3. Just found your blog through Steve's. I'm glad you tried something new in the elliptical. I hate that machine (but it IS a good workout).

    I also totally get why you don't wanna go up front and dance. That's how I felt about biking. Falling off is one thing, but falling off in the middle of the road with cars and people all around to see is another. Hope your weigh in gives you the results you've earned.

  4. I'm the same way with the treadmill! The other night I found myself slamming against the bars on the side because I can't walk in a straight line. God forbid I ever have to take a sobriety test.. I'd be booked immediately, lol.

  5. I suspect she is asking you because she thinks you are doing a great job. That being said, I can understand not going up there too.

    Great job this week!

  6. I have the same phobia in Zumba. Maybe a shot of vodka before class ? :)