Thursday, 20 November 2008

Finding balance

TWO HOURS OR MORE OF THIS



PLUS

SEVEN OR MORE HOURS OF THIS PER DAY



Does not make a good balance in ones' life.



After almost two months of hit and miss workouts at the gym and totally unable to get to swimming, I'm back at it. And it feels GREAT!!!

Over the weekend I was able to get a few short runs in and Monday I went to the gym. I have now lost my treadmill virginity by spending a half an hour on the damn thing. It is mind numbing! I also spent time on the elliptical and stationary bike, also all mind numbing.

As I was winding down my work out I found a "Twenty Minute" workout area, all heavy equipment based on working out the various body parts in a well thought out succession. I finally bought the bullet and got over my extreme shyness and started the process of going from machine to machine. Luckily, I was following a young woman who seemed to know what she was doing and at the same relative weight I was comfortable with, anywhere between 25 and 40 pounds.

Unbeknown to me, there was a "muscle" guy on the other side of this workout grid. The young lady found her boyfriend and bailed on the rest of the machines, again without me seeing any of this until I got to the "god forsaken" piece of machinery, that would put any torture device found in the Tower of London to shame. As I straddled the seat and leaned a long way forward to grab onto the hand bars, I gave a mighty tug and just about went ass over teakettle. Fortunately I didn't shatter my elbows nor launch myself through the plate glass windows, Mr. Muscle had been on the machine before me and it was plugged into 140 pounds of dead weight!!!

I have an appointment with the Chiropractor tomorrow!

Since I have now committed myself to the Hypothermic Half Marathon in January, I'm back to pavement or should I say snow and ice covered pavement! Yesterday I took a mental health day and hit the roads for a nice simple 5K. It was long underwear cold and we had snow the day before. It was a fabulous run...very invigorating!!! Click here to see what my surroundings look like in winter!

  • Now for some trivia, my Wordless Wednesday was in tribute to Mickey Mouse who indeed launched his career in 1928, in the cartoon Steamboat Willie.

  • Way back in the stone age when I was a flight attendant, many of us were also part time models (mostly runway) and "booth babes" at trade shows and we were often asked to "model" for various products....need I say more. No, there was no porn involved.....now stop that!!! Well, there was no porn in my life anyway......................................

Back to work today, so I'd better get ready! Have a great day everyone!

Life's fun if you don't weaken

Lily

26 comments:

bluecolnago said...

yo! lily!

perhaps you should consider "easing" back into your training? ;) lol

sounds like you're having fun! keep it up, girl!

Melanie said...

LOL! Great post! Glad to hear you're getting back into your groove! :D And having a committment to a race will surely keep you motivated through the winter.

Nat said...

LOL! Oh my! I've totally done that. I need to get my groove back. First I need my stomach back. (Flu. Not fun.)

I'll see you at Hypothermic! (Assuming you're doing Ottawa.)

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

an hour and a half on a treadmill? I could never survive that!

when you jump in, you go feet first, huh? lol

TNTcoach Ken said...

Yes Weedhopper, you must have balance! This time of year it helps to add some variety to your workouts.

Wes said...

Keep working it Lily! I would think that people living where its cold would do well to get comfortable training indoors!! Besides, I NEED some motivation to get back at it, and you are doing fab :-)

Amy said...

Glad you managed to get back into working out...but I know what you mean about the weight machines, it is hard to muster up the courage to use them.

BeachRunner said...

Great post Lily. So glad you are back at it.

AddictedToEndorphins said...

Yay for the groovage:) I despise anything where I have to stay in one place doing the same thing for more than, ohhh--5 minutes.

Love the pictures of the snow--Thats what we look like too!

Jess said...

Glad you've been able to return to the workouts!

Marcy said...

Wait . . .so what you telling us? The flight attendant model on the way left WAS you? ;-)

OMGosh I didn't realize you were doing a half in Jan. You nutty woman! ;-)

Xenia said...

I lost my treadmill virginity in January. It was a horrible experience. I don't wanna do that again.

Glad you've found your groove again.

jahowie said...

I'm glad that you are back at it. Come and give me a swift kick will ya? :-) Those were some scary pictures of the snow by the way. Yikes!!

chia said...

I pray for a very safe and mild winter training season for you :-).

Marlene said...

Congratulations on making it over to the weight section. It can be intimidating, but hopefully you'll feel more comfortable next time. Good to hear you're running too. :)

Viv said...

I bet you were just the cutest flight attendant. Back then which I am sure it was not the stone age, they were gorgeous!! Have you seen what they bring on planes now to throw us some peanuts if we have a tleast a 6 hour flight?!

Glad to hear you are giving ST a go. I should really take the hint. Way to come back to training with a nice 5K cold i am sure!

Legs and Wings said...

Your winter pics are great - alot like what I stare at most of the winter here in NS. Take care.

SLB said...

Congrats on popping your treadmill cherry!

That sure is a winter wonderland!

Judi said...

ugh, the treadmill. yuck. the snow is crazy up there. i am just not ready for any yet!

Chic Runner said...

glad to hear your back in the groove and can related to the treadmill hatred of mine! Oh the gym...

Bert said...

That was hilarious - about nearly taking a flyer on the godforsaken machine set for Mr Muscle... My wife was also a flight attendant when I met her; she never said anything about 'modelling' though... And here I thought all those hours were spent flying.

David said...

Time for the thick layer of permafrost in your area again, huh? Yeah, it was down in the upper 50s/low 60s here today. Brrrr!

I'll bet you met some characters in the skies. So, does porn include the mile-high club? Inquiring minds want to know! ;-)

Laurel said...

Glad you're back at it.

I'm in awe of your snow pictures.

Carly said...

Way to jump back into it....you are doing great.

D10 said...

I can totally relate to the pictures in this post!

Vickie said...

Yes I am doing some of the same things at the gym. Its different, that's for sure! Dependent on machines or others for workouts.