11/13/07 Log: So…about that extra cardio…

At lunch today I walked for 15 minutes, then stopped by my car to get my bokken and MP3 player out of the trunk. After that it was up to level 4 of the parking garage where I proceeded to have a kick butt 45-minute Forza sword workout using just the audio track from the Forza DVD I use at home. It was a bit warm outside for my taste, but at least there was a nice breeze up there on the top level.

I need to make up yesterday’s missed Shapeshift workout tonight, but I WILL do it at the gym even though I will have to fight the annoying evening crowd for equipment. That is my self-imposed punishment for not getting it done yesterday as planned.

I am going to renege on my vow to do 30-45 minutes of extra cardio each day through Thanksgiving for now and just stick with my baseline Shapeshift plan with *optional* extra activity in the evenings if I am in the mood. Since I absolutely hate cardio, tacking on the mandatory extra 30-45 minutes was making me NOT want to workout at all–even the stuff I enjoy like weights and Forza–and that is a bad attitude to wake up with every morning.

I guess I’d rather have the satisfaction of checking off my 45-60 minutes of exercise each day and then doing some bonus activity at night by my own choice (call it basic requirements + extra credit) instead of failing to meet a sometimes impossible 90-minute daily quota, you know?

I like exercise–well, I like strength training exercise–but 90 minutes a day of mostly cardio (Blargh!) just makes me rebellious and resentful.

And hungry, too.

It will be a lot easier to stick with the lower intake range if I’m not killing myself with endurance cardio at the same time.

Meals 1-4 are on plan, and I have 5-6 in the fridge waiting. This evening’s plan is to eat meal 5 before I go directly to the gym after work for my Shapeshift workout and intervals, then chug meal 6 on the way to the grocery store where I will pick up ONLY the items on my list. When I get home, I’m hopping into the shower immediately after about 200 quick pushups and tucking myself into bed with the 3rd Edition NASM textbook and my Nintendo DS (Level 72 in Rune Factory, baby!).

No trips to or past the kitchen tonight!

– Walk (15 min)
– Forza (45 min)
– Shapeshift Top PC + Intervals (6 sets)

M1: 30 g raisins, 30 g oats, 1/2 c. light soy milk, 1/2 scoop protein powder
M2: Small banana and tangerine
M3: WW pita, 2/3 c. stir-fried napa cabbage, 3 oz. grilled chicken breast
M4: 1/2 c. light soy milk, 1 scoop mocha protein powder, 1 oz. toasted walnuts
M5: 3 oz. grilled chicken breast, 2/3 c. stir-fried napa cabbage, apple
M6: Pineapple protein smoothie

SUPPLEMENTS & WATER: 1 gallon water/green tea, 6 fish oil caps, 1 multivitamin, 1 calcium + D, 1 vitamin C, 5 g l-glutamine

One thought on “11/13/07 Log: So…about that extra cardio…

  1. Maggie – like you, I hate cardio. So I was thrilled to start working out with a personal trainer who is all about short bursts of interval training (totally based on her knowledge of scientific fitness studies, etc) and NOT all about 45-60 minutes steady state sessions. She swears that an interval workout of 15-20 minutes can pump up your metabolism and burn fat and give you more benefit than any other cardio. So I am doing it, and seeing what happens. If you’re interested in the details of what we do, feel free to drop me a line. I am happy to share with you and spare you lengthy cardio that you hate ! (I am no expert, but I am trained by one, I think !!)


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