I’m working from home, and while that doesn’t mean playtime, it does give me the flexibility to work longer hours but take breaks in the middle to take care of errands and such. Lately, I’ve also been going to the gym twice a day (in an effort to get rid of the tummy I’ve been gradually developing since I stopped running marathons). I started my hardcore workouts at the end of August when I was in Chicago for training (and was competing in that fitness challenge), and three weeks later, I’m definitely into the routine – I feel like a sloth if I only hit the gym once a day, and not getting any kind of workout in has become inexcusable. Woo hoo!
While complaining to my friend Adam about my 10 pound weight gain since June, he made the astute point that “stopping running marathons will do that.” But… you have to keep in mind that when I was doing marathons, that was mostly my only workout for the week. If I’m working out 10 hours/week now (on average), that’s a heck of a lot more than 4-4.5 hours/week back then. I’m mostly doing cardio – probably only doing weights once/week or so – for the simple reason that it’s a lot easier to get myself motivated for a hard session on the elliptical or bike because I can distract myself with a TV show or book; with weights, it’s just me and the machines (or free weights; I do both when I get around to lifting). Today, I did 45 minutes on the stationary bike in the morning (12 miles covered, so a pretty good pace), and then 45 minutes just now on the elliptical (5 miles covered in 45:12 – REALLY great pace for the elliptical, which I find harder to get mileage than just running on the treadmill). So I’m hardly slacking!
Now, has my diet been perfect? Hardly, as evidenced by Saturday night’s wine and cheese binge. But honestly, sometimes I think I’m a freak of exercise science – my weight has always depended much more on what I’m eating than how I’m working out. Anyone else have that problem?