Friday, August 31, 2007


This morning I did 10 minutes of walking on the treadmill, 5 minutes of upper body weights, and 45 minutes on the elliptical machine. Felt good to do different things, but the scales didn't budge this morning. I'll keep on keepin' on, though.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Time at the Gym

This morning I did 60 minutes on the elliptical. The foot is still hurting some. (I bought some new arch supports to try.) Saw Brigitte and Kelly at the gym, which was fun.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

On a roll

Did another hour on the elliptical, pushed through the tiredness again. Didn't do a good job of getting to bed at a decent time last night. It'll catch up with me soon!

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Back to an hour

Did another hour on the elliptical this morning, eventhough I was sleep deprived. Getting to bed at a decent time tonight.

Thinking about signing up for a 5K in a couple of weeks. Exciting to think about testing the waters again, and seeing how my foot does.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Short workout

This morning I did 40 minutes instead of the usual hour on the elliptical. Will try to get some walking in today to round out the hour. I have the extra energy, just didn't have the extra time this morning.

I'm still working on the President's Challenge, and am 27% of the way to the Platinum Award. Points are awarded for exercise in the President's Challenge, and 500,000 points are needed to hit platinum. I've completed bronze, silver, and gold so far. It'll take me a while to finish the platinum!

Friday, August 24, 2007

Back to an hour

I did another 60 minutes on the elliptical this morning. My foot's still a little sore, but otherwise, I felt strong. Got more sleep last night, thank goodness! I'm thinking about trying another 5K next month. I wonder how my foot would do....could I run through the discomfort? Should I?

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Shorter workout

This morning I did 45 mnutes on the elliptical. Slept in a little, as I got to bed late last night. :-( Still went down on the scales this morning, thank goodness.

At breakfast at the Rice House this morning, two ladies who sat down with me were talking about their overeating habits. One said she overate at restaurants, while the other overate at home where no one else could see. One of them turned to me and said, "Lesley, what do you do?" It kind of caught me off guard, since I was in my own little world, hurrying my breakfast down to get to work. The lady who asked the question laughed and said something like, "You do it all, right?" Truth be told, yes. Restaurant portions are infamously large, of course, and high in sodium, among other things. There's that. I used to do my share of overeating at home too, especially in front of the TV. What a difference a year makes!

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Morning workout

This morning I did another 65 minutes on the elliptical. It's really helping with my weight loss at the Rice Diet. Foot's still bothering me some.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Good workout

This morning I did 65 minutes on the elliptical for the second day in a row. I've been following the "variety" program's instructions to pedal backward and forward for the most part, to boot, and have had some sore muscles as a result, but am feeling stronger now.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Got to the gym earlier

I made it to the gym earlier this morning, did 65 minutes on the elliptical, plus some strength training (upper body), and was able to start getting ready for work a little earlier. Not a bad way to start the work week!

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Much more elliptical

Yesterday after lunch, I went to the Duke Fitness Center and did an additional 30 minutes on the elliptical machine there, after doing an hour at Anytime Fitness. It felt great at the time, but I felt really tired later, and am a bit sore this morning. I still managed to do an hour on the elliptical this morning, though. I'm glad, though I was hoping to be able to last longer. I'd like to get to the gym in time to do 90 minutes on the elliptical every morning!

I ran into Bob at Duke Fitness, was nice to chat with him about Rice Diet stuff. He was telling me about a good personal trainer he works with, but I've already forgotten the person's name. Bob exercises 4-5 hours a day, amazing.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Elliptical and weigh-in

I did an hour on the treadmill this morning, and my foot didn't bother me as much. When I weighed in at the Rice House this morning, my weight finally hit the level where my BMI has fallen to the "overweight" level, where I was in the "obese" category before! That's been a mini-goal I've been shooting for for a while. Yippee!

Friday, August 17, 2007

More elliptical

This morning I did 50 minutes on the elliptical. (Was a little short of time this morning.) Need to get to bed earlier.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

A Little Running

This morning I did 5 minutes on the treadmill (.36 mi), then 55 min on the elliptical. Foot still sore.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007


This morning I did 30 minutes on the elliptical, and I've walked 15 minutes around the Quad here at work. Hope to get another 15-minute walk in this afternoon to finish out the hour.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Back to an hour!

This morning I did 60 minutes on the elliptical for the first time in what seems like a while! My foot got sore, but I decided to push through this time. Felt great! Afterward, I did a little bit of upper body weight training with the free weights. There was another gal in the weights area when I went over, so I tried to push it with the 10 lb. weights, but had to return them for the 5 lb. weights. Oh well.

I'm still on the Rice Diet Program, and had a milestone of one year on it last week! It's been an amazing journey, and it's not over yet! I still have some pounds to lose, so I'm going to keep going!

Monday, August 13, 2007

Elliptical again

Yesterday morning I did 45 minutes on the elliptical machine, this morning I did 50 minutes. Feels good to be working my way back up to an hour. Lately I've been doing different pre-programmed workouts on the elliptical, and that's helped perk things up a little. The past couple of days I've done the "variety" one, which includes different crossramp levels. Beats having to push the up and down arrows myself so early in the morning!

Friday, August 10, 2007

Morning workout

This morning I did 32 minutes on the elliptical. Still struggling a little to get back to the hour-long workouts of old. Life has gotten busier, and my foot still hurts from the plantar fasciitis. *sigh* Hoping this weekend is better for exercise time.

Yesterday I tried a different machine at the gym, a treadclimber for 10 minutes It burns a lot of calories, but I found muyself having to walk a little wider, and it's a noisy machine to boot.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Changing things around

This morning I did 15 minutes on the elliptical, and was ready for a change! Did 32 minutes on the recumbant bike. I soon discovered I don't burn as many calories on it as I do the elliptical, but my foot is feeling better. Hmmmm.

Monday, August 06, 2007

Early week workouts

Workouts the past couple of days have been out of sorts. Yesterday, as I was stepping onto the elliptical machines, Angela (one of my best friends from junior high) called, and we had the best time catching up!!! I sat down to talk, though, and ended up heading to the Rice House while we continued to talk. An hour and a half, we talked! :-) I finally had to go inside for my medical check-in and breakfast at the Rice House, or we might have continued talking for a while longer! After breakfast, I returned to the gym, but was only able to work out for 10 minutes. My schedule was a little out of wack, and I felt like I needed to get on with the day. Now, I wish I'd gotten on the treadmill while we talked and taken it at a slower pace as we chatted. At least I would've gotten more exercise in yesterday.

I overslept this morning, but got myself to the gym for a 15 minute workout. A little better than yesterday, but not a lot. I'll plan to get out for some walking breaks today to help get toward the hour of exercise I strive for.

Saturday, August 04, 2007

A Little Longer

This morning I did 40 minutes on the elliptical machine. I got a little more sleep last night, but am still feeling some residual tiredness. I'm out running errands this morning (I'm typing at the computer at te public library, where I stopped to pick up a couple of books), but hope to get a nap in after lunch. Perhaps I'll get some more exercise in later today. If I don't, though, I need to remember that it's okay to get some rest!

Friday, August 03, 2007

Shorter workout

This morning I only did 35 minutes on the elliptical. Had a meeting after work last night, got to bed late. :-( Plan to get to bed at a better time tonight!

Thursday, August 02, 2007

A Little More Running

I did 15 minutes on the treadmill this morning, and 45 minutes on the elliptical. My foot was pretty tender when I got through with the workout. I was ready to stop earlier, but pushed myself to finish.

I did manage to get to the gym a little earlier today. I need to work on continuing to roll back the time.

I'm starting to see pretty regular people at the gym early in the morning. There's always somebody there, which is good.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Adding minutes again

This morning I went 45 minutes on the elliptical, up from 35 yesterday. Still need to work on geting to bed a little earlier, so I can get up a little earlier. Balancing sleep and exercise can be a little tricky for me these days!

My foot's still a little tender from running on the treadmill a couple days ago.


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