On another note. Do you remember this beauty?
Well, for the last month + that I have had it I used it a total of 3-4 times. Yikes! Not exactly worth $105.00. HOWEVER, today I was mad about it. Mad about my lack of exercise. Mad about my painful feet. Mad that my painful feet were the cause of my lack of exercise and mad that my lack of exercise has inevitably lead me to be less successful. So I stared the stupid pink mini elliptical down. I thought and I thought and I tried to think of ways I could use it without hurting myself.
Tangent: It is very hard for me to receive comments (and I receive them all the time) that say things such as, "If you exercise more, you will lose more weight." I receive this as comments on my blog, texts in my phone, e-mails and even from family. What I'd like to say to these people (no offense of course) is 'No shit Sherlock. If I could walk ten miles a day I would. But my plantar fascitis barely allows me to hobble about my house.' Another fun comment in all forms listed above that I get when I use that 'excuse' is, 'Well then buy yourself a stationary bicycle or go swimming,'. Okay, first I am a single mom living with two babies under 2 in my mother's house. I have no income and what my (ex) husband does give me goes to my girls. I in no way shape or form have even $50.00 to spend on a bike and it wouldn't be ONLY $50.00 because a bike that has a weight limit upwards of 300lbs is more like $200.00. And as for swimming, I live in Washington state. It rains A LOT HERE. There aren't a whole lot of free pools around and even if I had the $$ to go swimming at the YMCA or some such club what in the world would I do with my girls. My entire family works! End Tangent.
So, with all the helpful advice I have been receiving I realized that perhaps my mini elliptical could be multifunctional. I had heard of people having bike pedals under their desks at work and thought, 'what if I turn my elliptical into a kind of stationary bike?' So, I sat down in my big ol green recliner and started to pedal. Okay, awkward. My legs don't move that way. But then I realized if I turned the elliptical backwards my legs DO go the right way and it didn't feel awkward at all. So I tried it out for a while, while the girls napped. I pedaled and pedaled and pedaled and pedaled. I must say, I built up a really good burn in my thighs (both top and underside) and so I have decided, until my feet are better, this will be my form of exercise. It is easy, comfortable (uh who doesn't wanna exercise sitting in an overly stuffed recliner?) it works up a burn and a sweat, and if I need to I can cater to my oldest who is constantly asking me to 'hode you'. To translate, that means she's asking me to hold her.
So what did I do today? I pedaled every chance I got. I watched TV and pedaled. When the girls were playing and occupied, I pedaled. When I had any chance to sit on my butt I pedaled. And you know how long I pedaled cumulatively? 95 minutes. Do you know how many calories burnt that is (of just moderate cycling and there were moments when I went totally psycho vigorous)??? 1518. And how many calories did I eat today? 1687, for a net consumption of 103 cals. Nice! Now if I keep this up, Myfitnesspal.com says I will lose approximately 25lbs in 5 weeks? Is that for real? Well, I guess we'll just have to see. In any case, my thighs are burning as I sit here in bed typing this and it is such a beautiful pain in comparison to the inflamed plantar fascitis of my previous workouts up until now. I think I have come upon a beautiful things. Wish me luck.
This is me, super happy EVEN THOUGH I gained today. (Maybe part of it is that I get to go pamper my hands and feet tomorrow because my mom offered to watch the girls?) Sorry about the 'low light'. I am in a dark room lit only by my computer. LOL
And just for shits and giggles, here are my little
boy and little girl angels riding together in the grocery cart.
The Fat Chick