Natalie: yep - right here!
Exercise Fairy: Just because you are feeling much better than you were a month ago, doesn't mean you are suddenly in shape. Get some perspective, and take it easy. It took you years to get this out of shape - you aren't going to correct it in 4 weeks.
Natalie: yeah - that was made glaringly obvious tonight. Thanks for stopping by.
Today I was trying to be a hero (and by hero I mean: an out of shape person attempting to exercise twice in one day. See also: person who bit off more than they could chew). I met a friend this morning for some weight lifting (I am REALLY hoping I am able to lift my arms tomorrow) and then had a walking date with another friend this afternoon. I have been walking on the treadmill for 40-45 minutes at a time, recently adding a very moderate incline. I somehow believe that prepared me for a 3+ mile walk, with HILLS, outside. Needless to say, it did not. It did not prepare me for 1/2 of that walk! I was huffing and puffing like a freight train, and I made us turn around after about 6 minutes. It took us longer to drive to the trail, than I was able to spend walking. It was ridiculous, and embarrassing, and sad. Looking for the silver lining, I found the following:
- I tried to do something, rather than come home and sit on my couch
- my friend was a total good sport, even though I completely wasted her time
- I have a goal. Walking around that lake. And hopefully that will help me keep going to the gym.
- on my way home, I didn't stop for fast food - which is something I normally would have done. The thought process would have gone something like this: I can't walk anyway because I am fat and out of shape - what possible damage is a Big Mac going to cause?
Have a great evening, everyone!