Monday, October 22, 2012

Insanity Day 8: Barely There Cardio and STILL No Resistance

...Unless you count the fact that I was resistant to work out.

Today’s workout completely sucked.

I was trying to power and work through it like Shaun T was shouting at me, but I just couldn’t find it in me.  I had little bursts here and there after the workout where I could dig a little deeper and find a bit of energy to jump just that little bit higher or sprint just that little bit faster, but it had a short fuse and just burnt out as quickly as I found it.

Sitting down to log my exercise and before MFP went down for maintenance, I saw what my problem was:
I went into the workout at 6:00 pm having only consumed 755 calories for the entire day so far. 
*face palm*

No wonder I couldn’t find it in me.  I had practically NOTHING in me.

And this isn’t me making excuses and trying to explain away being lazy.  I swear, I dug around with everything I had trying to keep going.  I took breaks in between each exercise, but instead of quitting, I came back and tried to give a little bit more with what little I had.  

But I’m glad to have been keeping track of each workout and day.  It’s giving me a chance to really get to know my body and what happens to it when I do this and that.  Clearly, I’m a car dinging when I’m low on fuel and the gas light is on.
Work was busy and stressful today and I was keeping on top of things until after lunch and everything just spiraled down until I realized it was 4:30 and I had forgotten to eat any kind of snack or drink any water.  I got home and by the time I was dressed and ready to work out, it was already 6 and I’ve got a busy evening ahead of me.  I didn’t have time to eat dinner and then try to wait until it settled before I worked out because I’ve got a two-tier cake order for to be done for this Friday and I haven’t a clue what I’ll be doing for it, nor have I even started baking any of the layers.

This is probably excusing my poor planning.  I knew I had to get started on this cake, but I got so caught up in week one of Insanity and I was so excited that I was excited about it that I kind of got tunnel vision and only wanted to focus on that, because knowing my track record, I didn’t really know how long it was going to last for.  Now I’m seeing that failing to prepare and plan is perhaps what leads me to quitting all the time.  I failed to prepare my body for the workout that I knew I was going to do and in turn, it was an epic fail of a performance.  Without knowing where it was coming from, feeling this way would have normally led to me feeling like nothing I was doing was really helping and I would quit.  So I’m glad that I know the reasons or explanations behind things so instead of just quitting, I can try to fix the problem.  And this time, the solution is easy.  


My calories burned are a lower estimate of what I really think I actually burned.  I forgot to turn my HRM on and only realized it near the very end of the warm up, so I just underestimated about 50 calories which is still less than what I put out last week.  

Looking at the data on my watch, I can totally see that my body was working harder at a much lower success rate.  Every move that I was doing was pretty half-hearted – even when I felt like I was really trying hard to give ‘er – but judging by my HRM, even with the half-hearted moves, it was costing my body a lot more effort to produce it.  My highest BPM hit 172 and since last week when I was monitoring how I was doing, I had only seen my heart rate hit 168.  The lowest my BPM went was 150 and that includes the warm-ups and stretches and usually, based on data from last week, I can usually recover and get my heart rate down to the 130s before starting back up again.  

So definitely a learning experience and a lesson learned.  I think I’m going to have to start setting alarms on my BlackBerry to remind me to stop and grab my snacks so that I don’t run my body down like that again.  During the workouts, I had a moment where I was feeling really down and thinking that instead of seeing some improvements on my workouts, it felt like I had gone backwards.  

But, it is what it is and what’s done is done.  I’ve taken something away from this and seeing as how I don’t ever want to feel like that again during an Insanity workout, I just have to take the proper measures to prepare.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got a cake to bake! (Oh and some dinner to eat!)

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