Monday, April 7, 2014

REALITY CHECK! (or...the day the elliptical kicked my butt)

I am going to temporarily postpone the Friend Makin' Monday post that I love so much (and have been missing for the last couple of weeks) to discuss my recent encounter with an elliptical machine.

Y'know how they say, "Pride comes before the fall,"? Well, today was my serious fall, at least a fall for my ego. I have been walking 2-2.5 miles on a regular basis and, quite honestly, feeling like I am on top of the world when doing it. I haven't been waking up in the morning with severe sore muscles, or cursing each step throughout my walks. It's been challenging but in a great and motivating way.

Today, since it was looking like rain, I decided to try the elliptical machine at the gym. I have tried the elliptical machine many times, and each time have felt very awkward and ultimately unsuccessful. I thought to myself:
   "This time is going to be different though, right?"
   "This time, I am fitter, I am stronger, and so I am going to jump on that elliptical and act like I've done this a bazillion times!"

Yeah, not so much. Still awkward, still exhausted. My leg muscles cried out, and I couldn't seem to keep my eyes off the clock. Darn you second hand! Tick...tick...tick. I willed and begged myself to stay on for five minutes, and I managed that, but BARELY.

After this, I decided I should probably stick to walking for the rest of my workout, and realized that this itty bitty bit of elliptical exercise had caused me to start sweating profusely! Normally, when I walk, I work up a decent sweat, but MY GOSH! This is probably TMI, but I just want to keep honest about my experience.

I ended up walking for only another 20 minutes and calling it quits. Definitely not my most successful workout, but it was a good reminder that I cannot get complacent with my exercise. It's great for my body to be pushed in different ways, and now I know that if I want to start my workout with a bang, I should start with the elliptical machine!


  1. The elliptical is NO JOKE! Keep at it - it's fantastic cardio! When I'm on the treadmill I have to take a towel and cover up the display or I stare at it every 15 seconds!!!


    1. Thanks for the encouragement! I think next time I will need to be prepared with your towel idea plus either a really engaging tv show or audio book - my brain needs to go somewhere else :)