Monday began with a visit to the apartment gym. Our building complex has facilities including a pool, hot tub, sauna, and small gym. The workout room has two elliptical trainers, two treadmills, a recumbent bike, and some weight machines. I'd only been there twice -- once when touring the building last fall, and again when Amanda moved in. Monday, she had the day off, and sort of challenged me to begin my effort with a joint morning workout. So, we got up, suited up, and went down for a 45-minute cardio stint. After 20 minutes on the elliptical machine, my feet started to go numb. I did the remaining time on the treadmill.
So far, so good, but the arm movement of the elliptical machine got my upper back all knotted up and breath-haltingly sore. And the tip-toe movement of the same machine did something to my right calf, with a close-to-the bone charlie horse of some kind. I hobbled around for the rest of the day and tossed and turned through the night.
Tuesday morning was out because of an appointment, so I subbed the gym with a 30-minute walk home. Much to my surprise, my muscles held up, and I arrived home sweaty and content.
I really wanted to sleep in on Wednesday, but got up anyway and did 20 minutes on the elliptical machine. Good thing, too, 'cuz we had a pot-luck lunch at work. I lost it. I gobbled down four chicken wings, two rolls, some chicken curry, some noodly thing with ham, tortilla chips with multi-layer dip, fudge, tasty squares, pop, cookies ... just totally overboard binging. Then we had pizza for dinner.
Thursday, back to my usual healthy lunch. But more pizza for dinner. Walked home from work and saw the set-up for the big rock show on Saturday.
Friday featured Chinese take-out from Look Ho Ho. No significant exercise that I remember.
Saturday was the huge Rolling Stones show at the Halifax Common. I walked to work in the rain, since I don't know anything about weekend bus service. Besides, many of the roads between here and there were closed for the show. So I walked. I managed not to go nuts on the newsroom pizza. Good show, overall, I must say. Decent stuff. Everybody worked really hard.
So, let's step on the scale for Sunday's weigh-in!
Start weight: 220
This week: 217
Down three pounds.
Not bad for moderate exercise and some poor eating in the back half of the week. That's just a one-week snapshot, and it's only three pounds. If it goes down again next week, or at least stays off, I'll believe it. But I'm cynical enough to doubt a three-pound loss at this point.
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