T-48 and I’m feeling good.
I’ve had good workouts over the last week – although I’ve really had to scale back intensity. I stopped taking spin class about 2 weeks ago as my last attempt ended in me leaving class early because my knee hurt too bad. But… I have managed to find a way to have a heart pumping intense workout – with low impact to my knees. First I do an incredible treadmill walking workout – 10min walking at 4.5 with incline of 3.0., then upgrade speed by .2mph every 4 minutes until I am walking at 5.5. Stay there for 4 minutes then take 6 minutes to come back down to 4.0 .. This gets my heart rate up but doesn’t make my knees hurt…Hamstrings yes but not knees. Then I hop on the Elliptical (only on level 2 now) -- but run at a speed of 174-180 for 15 minutes+ cooldown. This is a good hour of solid low impact heart pumping cardio…
I’m feeling good about my weight . I’m 1lb above my lowest weight yet and – I’m ok with that. I could probably lose 1lb before Friday – just to start in a good place. If it happens great – if not I’m not stressing.
The Matrix is real?
So I just returned from Chicago and one of the highlights was that I got to see my dad. And to all of my friends who know him – YES he’s still “got it”.. For those who don’t know my dad – my friends have often said he is very attractive. And you know what he is. I have to give it to him. He is still very buff (avid bodybuilder and cyclist). Also – my dad is brilliant. He is a journalist (just published a new book) , has a radio show, frequently appears on TV and deeper than any ocean. Anyway – while visiting, we got into several interesting discussions (as we often do)- this time about the state of African Americans, Hip Hop, Jena and Simulation games. I was sharing with him the strange world of SecondLife.com. Would you believe that he believes (or is open to the possibility) that WE are living in a simulation – a la the matrix. I’m not well versed enough in the theory to articulate it here but read it for yourself here. This story in the NYT speaks of how there is high degree of mathematic certainty that we are living in simulated world. While discussing this it made me realize how closed mind can be- especially since I have absolutely no knowledge on the topic. Anyway, read it and let me know what you think…
Exercise is Magic
I am so convinced that exercise is magic – or at least is capable of magically making everything ok. Energy low ? exercise helps. Feeling blue?—exercise helps. Feeling fat? Exercise helps. Feeling too skinny? – exercise helps. Ate too much ? Exercise helps. Low self esteem ? Exercise helps. Health problems ? Exercise helps. Need a man? Exercise helpsJ . Not aging gracefully ? Exercise helps. Aging gracefully? Exercise helps show it off. Feeling nervous about surgery and the possible of not working out for a long time? Working out like a banshee up until the last moment… really helps.