Friday, October 24, 2008

Fat Friday ... and I DID it

First of all, I am at work right now so I don't have any pictures. I know it is a blogger sin not to post pictures, but I don't have access to any unless you click on the highlighted words. As for Fat Friday Recipe it will need to wait until tonight when I get home because I have to have a recipe in front of me to type out for you. I can't cook by memory. I have trouble remembering numbers and names must be old age. LOL.

Anyway, I DID it!!!! Yesterday was my first day of working out at a gym. This is where I go. The city I work for has started a program where city employees can go for free and work out. We have 8 months to prove that it is a worthwhile program and we are making progress. So for FREE I figured I would do it. Now if you read my last post you know I decided to do this for me. When they first announced this program I said there was no way I was going to do it. I like being lazy. I like coming home from work and sitting and doing nothing. I'm married I don't need to worry about what I look like right? I have no motivation most of the time anyway now why would I do this. Plus I am not going to go walking into a gym and make a fool of myself because I have never been in one before and have no idea how to use the equipment. Do you see a pattern here? I LOVE excuses. LOL. So yesterday everyone who was on duty with me at the station went up to the rec center to work out. The Rec Center director is this big buff 20 something year old ex football player Italian guy that is very sarcastic so we get a long great. You thought I was gonna say he was a dork didn't you??? LOL. He and I are a perfect match with our wit and sarcasm. I will tell you I was a bit intimidated walking in to the Fitness Room. All those machines with wheels and pulleys and weights. How am I ever going to do this? Well, the director took me under his wing and showed me all the machines that would help strengthen my legs. He showed me the proper way and use of each and told me how many to do to get started. Luckily, we went in the middle of the afternoon and no one was there, but my partners and a few other EMS people who came up on their own time. I started out with about 30 lbs of weight for each exercise which seemed like a good starting point. He even showed me the "Gynecologist Chair Machine" as he called it. Let's just say "WOW" kind of a weird machine, but it strengthens those inner thigh muscles. Next, I did the treadmill. Now I have been walking for 2 weeks now on my own in my neighborhood, but not at the pace he made me do. HELLO!!!! the machine says 3 mph... doesn't sound like much then he put an incline on it and made me do it for 20 minutes. He was trying to make me sweat. Come on I don't like to sweat!!!! With 5 minutes left he comes over and makes the incline even steeper. I swear I was going to die!!!! But by golly I was going to do it and I did. Then of course my legs felt like rubber and like I was going to fall flat on my face and of course it would happen in front of my co-workers. I was tough though I acted as though it was no big thing. But of course the macho men I work with were in the middle of bench pressing and trying to out do each other. What is up with that? Anyway, there was another female there and of course we were dragged into this bench press thing. UHHHH I have never done it and now must do it in front of my co-workers. Yeah this will be fun... Alright guys lets do this. "Boy that sure does look heavy, I don't think I can do it guys." "Come on Mary you have to we did." So I lay down on the black sweaty cushion put my arms up grab the bar and pull it off the rack. Oh did I mention it was the bar only no weights on it. LOL..... OK they say the bar weighs 25 pounds. :GROAN: Holy Moley this is heavy for me... 1.... up and down I went until about 7. I started to get tired my arms were shaking but my spotter talked me into 3 more and I did 10 bench presses. Go me!!!!! So I am hoping to go back up today and work on upper body stuff. I am beginning to like this workout stuff even though I swore I wouldn't. I am not sore today like I thought so maybe I need to increase my weight on the machines. My arms are though from bench pressing. OK I have decided after talking with the director that maybe 10 lbs is a bit much as he said I would have to take protein supplements in order to gain muscle like that. I am not so sure I want to do that so I'll see what happens without having to take supplements. However, I did start to take vitamins, which since being pregnant I have not. I tell you in the two weeks I have been doing this I am starting to feel better and not so tired. OK... well except for this darn sinus thing I have going on for a week now I am feeling better.

So anyway, check back as I will add my Fat Friday Recipe when I get home tonight. Are you kidding??? No... it won't be Fat Free Healthy stuff!!!! I am not into being that healthy. LOL. Still gotta have my grease and chocolate!!!!
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Kimberly said...

Way to go Mary! You get a big Woo Hoo!
All the best, Kimberly

Janene said...

Mary, It takes so much self confidence to do what you did. Way to go!!
Wish I could get into the groove of working out. I use to, but it seems once you stop it is so hard to pick it back up.
Your support system at your station sound super strong.
Joe, my husband, is a firefighter/emt, and sometimes he works out at his station. Unfortunately wives are not allowed:(
Keep up the good work and Congrats on your first day:)

basketsnprims said...

Way to go, Mary!

Tomatoe Creek Prims said...

Great job Mary, I love to work out...makes you feel good in clothes and confidence:)

Anonymous said...

I just came to your page and was looking at pictures of your home. It's so pretty and you did such a great job decorating. I just redid a screen door but mine is in my living room behind my chair in a corner.

janie said...

Way to Go , Mary!! You can do it!!!

Raggedy Angel said...

GO GO MARY!!!! Wish I could go with you! Beth

Linda said...

Good for you Mary! YOu are a better woman than me! I am so glad you are here to inspire us!!