It’s been a while since I posted my last installment of this series. But before we get into that, I want to share the first five milestones that I want to achieve over my journey to get fit.
Milestone 1: Be able to workout on the elliptical for 25 minutes
Milestone 2: Do a mile on the elliptical
Milestone 3: Be able to workout on the elliptical for 30 minutes
Milestone 4: Do a mile on the elliptical for 30 days (excluding weekends).
Milestone 5: Start alternating between the elliptical and HIIT workouts.
These are just the physical and workout-oriented milestones I have. I don’t really have an overarching goal except to just be able to go for long walks and hikes without feeling like I am going to collapse after 5 minutes. Another goal is to increase my lung capacity so I can breathe better while wearing a mask since wearing one is still a thing for the forseeable future. And a lowkey goal is to lose weight. I will say, I have noticed that my breathing has already started to improve while wearing a mask, so I’m slowly achieving this goal, which is good!
Day 16 – Monday, March 1st
This morning I woke not feeling like working out, but I knew I had to. I think part of it is that when I am still waking up the thought of doing exercise sounds awful, but after the first 45 minutes of being awake, I was ready to go. I only intended to do about 15 minutes at first, and I thought I would need to stop and take a break at the 10 minute mark. However, when I tried to take a break, my right leg was shaky, and I decided to keep going because I felt more stable if I kept my legs moving. And when the 15 minute mark came, I felt like I was close enough to the 0.75 mile marker so I kept going until I hit it. And once I hit that, I was 2 minutes away from 20 minutes so I decided to just keep going. Once I got to the 20 minute mark, I considered trying to keep going to a mile, but since my legs were already feeling shaky when I stopped moving, I was a little worried that if I kept going I would fall trying to get off the elliptical, and since I was alone I knew that wouldn’t be a good thing. Overall, I’m happy with what I was able to do today. We shall see if I can keep it up for the rest of the week.
Day 17 – Tuesday, March 2nd
Today was another good day. I managed to do another 20 minutes on the treadmill, but I had to go a little bit slower because my right leg was feeling stiff. However, I did manage to make it 0.7 miles before I stopped my workout. However, I my legs felt trashed after I got done.
Day 18 – Wednesday, March 3rd
I debated whether to exercise today because I felt awful, it started last night and my joints ached, I felt fatigued and nauseous. I think it was due to eating more junk food yesterday than I should have. I decided to get on the elliptical and try and do as much as I could. It hurt and the last five minutes were brutal. Once I hit the 15 minute mark, I stopped. I managed to do 0.5 miles, but I was in a lot of pain (not exercise related). It didn’t help that I had leftover pizza for lunch. The main thing that hurts is my back, all over, which makes me think that I need to work on improving my posture, and also I need to work on losing weight because I know that the extra weight I’m carrying is not helping, but I also know that it is going to be a slow process.
Day 19 – Thursday, March 4th
I was feeling a lot better this morning. I hopped on the elliptical hoping to do a 20 minute workout. However, once the 10 minute mark hit, my legs started hurting. After I hit 15 minutes I got off, intending to just finish there, but after about a 10 minute break I decided to hop back on and at least get in another 5 minutes. I did it, however I also saw I was close to completing a lap (0.25 miles) and decided to keep going until I completed it. At the 7 minute mark I completed the lap, and I completed my workout. Altogether I worked out for 22 minutes and did 0.75 miles in that time. I think for the time being, in order to get to a full 20 minutes, I might need to take a break at some point during my workout for a few minutes and then continuing with my workout. Overall, I felt pretty good afterwards.
Day 20 – March 8th
Elliptical – 20 minutes, 0.55 miles
Walk – 21 minutes, 0.8 miles
Day 21 – March 9th
Elliptical – 21 minutes – 0.6 miles
Day 22 – March 10th
Elliptical – 26 minutes – 0.75 miles
Day 23 – March 11th
Elliptical – 21 minutes – 0.6 miles
Day 24 – March 12th
Elliptical – 26 minutes, 0.75 miles.