Absence makes the heart grow fonder

I miss the gym.

I really do.

ChaLEAN Extreme is a decent workout now that I am up to my old accustomed weights, but it’s just not the same as going to the gym and lifting heavy chunks of iron surrounded by other people doing the same. For one thing, the $5 bargain mirror I use at home to check my form isn’t nearly as motivating as the wall to wall mirrors at the gym. For another, I don’t get the joy of outlifting some of the guys and most of the gals.

I’m going to continue with the lifting circuits for the remainder of the 12 week program, but I am dropping the Burn Intervals and Burn It Off and Recharge workouts in favor of cardio machine intervals at the gym so I can at least WATCH the other people lifting weights while I haul ass on the treadmills, ellipticals, and bikes. I will keep the ab workouts in my rotation, though, since I am easily bored by ab exercises when I have to think up a sequence on my own.

This change is also based on my observation that fancy pants, at-home cardio workouts of any kind really aren’t as effective for my body type as regular old cardio intervals that just involve moving forward very fast for short bursts. I don’t want to think about where my feet need to go or memorize choreographed moves. I just want to GO for 20-30 minutes with the Guitar Hero playlist blasting in my ears and my lungs heaving.

Oh, and for extra kicks, I am going to bring some of my crochet gear with me the next time I have some steady-state recumbent bike time scheduled. With a Discworld audiobook in my iPod and a custom doll project in my hands, I could probably pedal for 2 hours without feeling the time go by. 😉

– CLX Burn Circuit 2 (40 min)
– Yourself Fitness yoga (15 min)

M1: PWO Protein bubble tea
M2: Curry rice noodles with tofu and veggies
M3: 30g almonds and raisins
M4: Better Whey of Life strawberry banana yogurt
M5: Chicken jambalaya with 1 c. (cooked) brown rice
M6: 3 egg white and veggie scramble

– Hair and custom Sackgirl eyes for Ulala doll
– Finish mask and assemble classic Sackboy

2 thoughts on “Absence makes the heart grow fonder

  1. I haven’t been inside a gym since mid-December, and yes, it was so nice getting regular ego-boosts in the weight room, either by outlifting the other folks or hearing compliments… *sigh* I’m enjoying my kettlebell workouts, but it’s not the same.

    I think the next time I see a loaded barbell, I will hug it, LOL.

  2. Hi Maggie,

    Man I you have a heck of a workout schedule, and it obviously works. One question, I notice your meal plans include meat, do you know of any meal plans for vegetarians? Hmmm..I have been dieting and working out (half-ass) for a few months now and while I am losing weight, I am doing so very slowly, and well my body isn’t getting toned as I would like it to.

    I love your sackboy dolls, they are awesome, I am definitely buying some 😉

    I enjoyed reading your blog. It’s motivational and very informative.

    Thanks again,

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