Now that you have Fergalicious in your head…
Lots of things to blog about today! First, I have to announce a new Get Emmie Skinny sponsor. I am so geeked about this, it's not even funny. Let's give a big interwebz clap for Rob Silver of Heartfit Lexington – my new personal trainer! *applause* He's now listed on the Get Emmie Skinny Sponsor page, and you can read more about him there.
Rob is putting me through one of his 12 week training programs which are heart-rate based. This means that instead of me following a prescribed workout routine designed for “anyone,” my training will be based entirely on MY heart rate. I know my fitness level is pretty rock bottom right now, so with Rob focusing on helping me increase my fitness, I am actually more excited than if the primary goal was only to lose weight. I will be able to feel and physically see (via my heart rate monitor) how much I'm progressing. Talk about motivation! Our first session is Saturday morning. Again, I'm geeked.
As 5:30pm approached, I was dreading going to the gym tonight. I knew that I was going to start training with Rob Saturday, so why did I need to go now? Thankfully, some Twitter friends kicked me in the butt and said I should go. I am a sucker for peer pressure. I wriggled into my Aquatard (laugh at the name, if you must) and 10 minutes later (because that's how long it takes me to get IN the damn thing) I was ready to go:
Someone tweeted about a 0 to 1 mile swimming program, and I was curious. Similar to Couch-to-5K, it's a swimming endurance program. I was skeptical that I could finish the routine set out for week 1, which was as follows:
- 4 X 100 meters, rest 12 breaths between 100s
- 4 x 50 meters, rest 8 breaths between 50s
- 4x 25 meters, rest 4 breaths between 25s
- Total: 700 meters, or 0.43 of a mile
You know what? I did it!!! Did I take more than 12, 8 or 4 breaths between some of the sets? Heck yeah. Did I do about 100 meters of kickboarding only? Yep. But I did it. *happy dance* Know what else? I did an EXTRA 50 to cool down. So really, I did 0.466 of a mile! One of my 101 in 1001 days goals is to swim a 1/2 mile. It will be checked off my list before you know it!
When I was done, I had pruny fingers to show for it:
Someone said recently that you never regret going to the gym, you only regret NOT going. So. true.
And THEN, as I was driving home, I was surprised at a rainbow that looked like it was over my house. Great way to end the night! (Disclaimer: I am not always this damn happy-go-lucky. I'll come back to earth sooner or later.)