Let's Not Be Fat

posted in Apartment Life, Miscellaneous on Jul 13, 2009

So today marks my first foray into trying to be somewhat healthy. After feeling like I was going to die upon finishing a hamburger this passed weekend, I kinda figured it was about time to, you know, move, so I gathered what little strength I had (it wasn’t much), woke up at 6:30am, and jumped on the pain train.

I say 6:30am only in jest, because when the alarm sounded – by playing a stirring rendition of Get Down On It by Kool & the Gang – I turned it off with aplomb, opting to wait an additional 30 minutes before boarding the train…the train of pain, departing at 7:00am.

The routine I started is fairly simple. So simple, in fact, that it comes directly from this little site called SimpleFit.org. They have listed, basically, some simple body-weight workouts that you can do with minimal equipment three days a week. For example, today, I was supposed to do 1 pull-up, 2 pushups, and 3 squats over and over for 20 minutes. I didn’t have anywhere to do the pull-ups, so I opted instead to add another pushup to the mix. I also added five minutes of sit ups because I couldn’t do the pull-ups. The rest of the week’s workouts are variations on the first, but essentially the same.

Unfortunately, I’m all kinds of out of shape, so I didn’t do as well as I had thought I would. During the twenty minutes I took a quick break to grab a glass of water, and in those five minutes of sit ups I probably laid on the ground for two of them, but all in all I believe I did well. I mean, after it was all said and done I felt like throwing up my insides; isn’t that how working out is supposed to feel?

I need to get a scale soon so I can monitor these workouts to some degree, but for now I’ll just have to rely on the myth that you start to feel good after getting used to working out. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I’ve scheduled running for 30 minutes in the stead of doing these routines. We’ll see if I’m as worthless doing that as I was doing this today. Wee!

  • If you can last more than a month at this it will be worth it. That’s about all I could force myself to do at wii fit. I need to get back on it. I’m debating parking on the other side of campus this semester and then running my way back to my car after class is done.

  • YOU NEED BURPEES

    (Actually that site is really useful for when you wonder if your elbow is supposed to twist like that when trying to do a pull-up.)

    Glad to see you are on the pain train. I am thinking it is time for me to get back on there as well. I used to be able to squat half my body weight, now I struggle when I have to move more than two chair stacked up. You shall be my motivation to (eventually) try to enjoy pain again.

  • I thought you were talking about a burple. Now those were cool.

  • I haven’t seen those in years. Those were cool, indeed.