I'm just kidding. I don't really feel like crying. That song just popped in my head as I was posting my picture.
I turned 44 yesterday on Memorial Day. I feel a tad-bit depressed because I had hoped to be close to my goal weight by now and well, I'm not even close.
I gained a pound. I'm not at all surprised since I partied just a little too hard this week... on food that is.
The birthday festivities started early last week. On Tuesday, the girls at work took me to Fuji's Japanese Steakhouse for lunch. Then, on Saturday, the kids took me back to Fuji's for lunch and then we came home and ate Heath candy bar chocolate cake. To wrap my birthday week up, my Mom took me and the kids to New China for lunch yesterday. I tried not to overdo it, but I didn't try to be good either.
On a positive note: I woke up at 5 o'clock this morning and met my daughter, Rachael, at Acxiom's wellness center to work out. We spent 20 minutes on the dreadmill - I mean - treadmill.
I started out at 3.5 mph and as each minute passed, I bumped up the speed a notch. 3.9 mph was as fast as I went, then I would come back down to 3.6 mph and then go back up. It's called High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). Read more about it here.
Following is my aerobic workout:
Min 1 - Walk at a level 5 out of 10. That might be a walk or a strong run depending on your fitness level
Min 2 - Walk at a level 5
Min 3 - Increase the speed to a level 6
Min 4 - Increase the speed to a level 7
Min 5 - Increase the speed to a level 8
Min 6 - Increase the speed to a level 9
Min 7 - Decrease the speed back to a level 6
Min 8 - Increase to a level 7
Min 9 - Increase to a level 8
Min 10 - Increase to a level 9
Min 11 - Decrease back to a level 6
Min 12 - Increase to a level 7
Min 13 - Increase to a level 8
Min 14 - Increase to a level 9
Min 15 - Decrease down to a level 6
Min 16 - Increase to a level 7
Min 17 - Increase to a level 8
Min 18 - Increase to a level 9
Min 19 - Increase to a level 10
Min 20 - Decrease back to a level 5
Click here to see what I had laminated and take with me to the treadmill so that I stay on track. I did this HIIT workout when I did Body-for-LIFE's 12-week challenge seven years ago and got great results.
My plan is to do HIIT on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays and then weight training on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Click here to see my fitness calendar.
5:00 a.m. comes early so I'd better get some sleep. I'll keep you posted on my progress!
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