Today was the kind of workout that makes you really happy when you're finished, but the entire time you are doing it your brain is trying to come up with excuses to stop.
It did not help that we were under a time crunch, so I could not dawdle - - we were expecting the Matriarch's call to go shopping around 9:30 am, so I needed to push my workout from one element directly to the other with as little time lost as possible (and as little rest as possible) in between so as to be ready when the call came.
This meant that I went directly from 45 minutes on the elliptical to 30 minutes on the treadmill for W1D3 of my C25K program, then right back to the elliptical machine for a 20 minute cool down.
Maybe it was feeling the time crunch an not taking more than a minute's rest in between the different elements, but this morning's workout was just plain grueling. I didn't want to start the C25K program at all, and then all the way through I had to force myself to keep going through the running intervals. Today was another 8 minutes of running broken into 1 minute intervals with 1.5 minutes of walking in between and I knew that I could do it, but man, it was tough this morning. I basically psyched myself up 8 times before each interval, telling myself that I could do it. I was wobblier than usual with my hands-free running, and had to really focus to bring my running back under control for the last interval. When I was finished my whole workout, I was just exhausted, completely blown, and dripping with sweat. Trust me, I looked super glamorous.
But boy oh boy did it feel good to be done. And just in time for the Matriarch's call ... cancelling shopping due to dangerous driving conditions. D'oh!
Tomorrow will be a workout day because I took last Wednesday off (I had to present at a meeting and didn't have enough time to work out). It will be a weight day, so back to the upper body work. And then Monday it is back to C25K, week 2.
Still, I feel fantastic now that the workout is done, and the results since I have gotten back on track have been fabulous. No snacking + tough workouts = weight loss. I am down another 0.3 pounds from yesterday's low, for a new low of 187.8 pounds. I sincerely hope that I am done with the 190's forever, because those 10 pounds basically took me 4 months to lose.
Back to it tomorrow!