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posted by [personal profile] multiplexer at 09:40pm on 18/06/2003
Today was my "orientation" at the gym to find out how hideously fat I actually am and how much work I actually have to do to bring my weight down.

Oh boy.

I am in the "risky" category, so losing weight is the plan. The trainer also pointed out lunch as a problem area (no surprise) and told me I need to eat more (big surprise). The trick is to snack lightly between meals so I a) eat less at meal time and b) my metabolism keeps going all day long. Apparently, if it has something to chew on, it thinks it should move all the time, and starts burning weight. It makes a certain amount of sense.

Next came the fat count and blood pressure and... it got depressing. I'm fat. And now it's written down that I'm fat. Whenever I feel unmotivated, I can look at that number and go, "But I'm a big land whale."

Sigh.

Then I sat on the cardio bike, and the trainer cranked the resistance for the cardio test up too high. My left knee is like white fire under the kneecap. I had to stop and lower it and redo the cardio test, but then my heart rate was way up, so it got all flummoxed. And I did 2x as much killer bike as I needed to do, so now I pay the price with Advil.

Afterwards, time for the weight machines! Boy, I'll be feeling this for days! 12 reps on 8 different Nautilus machines, 2x a week for 60 days, and then onto the 'advanced' weight training with free weights. Just the Nautilus machines set on 'wimpy engineer' was hard. And some of it in my upper body was super hard. My legs seem reasonable, even my flabby thighs. But my upper body was hell and suffering. The Advil for my knee goes to my arms as well.

I have to do cardio machines 3-5x a week for either 20-30 minutes (cardio) or 40-60 minutes (fat burn). I have to keep moving machines and workouts or else my body gets used to it. With 2x week on the strength training, this means going to the gym every day. Thank God it's about two minutes away across the street.

Now I go to collapse and wimper for a while. Alas.

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