Today is probably going to be the last quiet day at the gym for the next two or three months. With that in mind, I made the most of it and headed there early to get it out of the way. I was right. The place was a ghost town. I picked out my favorite elliptical and got right to work. After all, I had the damage of a New Year's Eve wedding to work off before my first official weigh in of 2011. I tried to behave myself last night, and for the most part I did. Well, until dessert time. Not only was there a huge selection of cupcakes (in lieu of wedding cake), but the groom's grandmother supplied an entire buffet of pastries and cookies. Needless to say, I screwed myself over pretty late last night. So this morning it was important to work a little of it off. I generally do an hour and then a ten minute cool down. Two minutes into my cool down this morning, I feel a loud snap and then a lot of rattling. My damn machine broke! I guess I don't know my own strength. I alerted the woman on duty and then hopped on to another machine to finish up my workout. I went a few minutes above my plan, but that's okay. So listen up, 2012. Don't give me any shit or what happened to the elliptical is going to happen to you, too!
I love tracking things and keeping stats. This year, my love of that is what helped propel me through every single workout I accomplished. I tracked every workout I did in the iMapMyRide app on my phone, like a freak. The initial goal I set for myself to accomplish was to travel 1,200 miles in 2011. I thought it was a lofty goal when I set it, but I soon realized it was too low. I hit my goal in early June. I then challenged myself to do 2,400 miles for the year, which I also accomplished. I was hoping to hit 3,600 miles by the end of the year, but I fell just short. August and September were hard months for me to get a chance to workout. I traveled to Texas in August and spent as much time with Mom as I could in September. I worked out more days inJune than I did in August and September combined.
I just added up my mileage and calories for the year and I'm quite impressed with myself. And I have every right to be. I wore myself out.
Of the 365 days in the year, I managed to sweat my ass off 257 of those days.
I logged in 1,702.33 miles on the elliptical
I logged in 1,533.31 miles on the bike
I logged in 53.18 miles on the treadmill
I logged in 23.78 miles walking outside.
That's a total of 3,312.60 miles for the year. As for approximate number of calories burned, that would be 252,909.
Now that 2011 is behind us, I can put this challenge behind me, too. I focused almost exclusively on mileage. I need to expand my workouts to include building muscle. I have little to no upper body strength and I'm sick of it. I'm a little intimidated by using the weight machines, mostly because I've never really used them before. After a few rounds with them, I should feel a little better (and a lot sorer.)