Half-Assing It

The other day I totally half-assed my workout. I started to feel crappy as the day progressed and I knew I was probably getting yet another head cold. πŸ™ Since it hadn’t even been a month since my last cold, I half thought maybe it was allergies instead.

I got to the gym (fancy gym) and all the treadmills were full. Full of mostly walkers. Ugh! Annoyed! I went upstairs and half-assed my weight lifting. I just wasn’t into it. I warmed up on a few of the weight machine.

Then I ventured over to the FreeMotion weight machines hoping that would spark some interest in me. It helped a little bit.

To be honest I was a tad intimidated by the FreeMotion machines and avoided them until recently. They are pretty fun to workout on. They are more like lifting with free weights than the machines.

I enjoyed myself! Even if I was half-assing the workout out. Why do I say I half-assed it?

  • My heart wasn’t in it at all. I would have much rather been home on the couch with Dexter episodes.
  • I had the sniffles and a headache like I was getting a cold.
  • My ankle was bothering me for no reason.
  • I wasn’t lifting weights with the same determination I usually have.
  • I did not push myself in any way.

I told myself a “little bit” was better than nothing. So I kept at it. After lifting weights on the FreeMotion machines for about 30 minutes, I saw that some treadmills had opened up.

I hopped on the treadmill to do my Return to Running plan just like I’d done on Monday–gradually increasing the speed every quarter mile or so. It seemed to be working. I increased my speed to 4.3 max by the end of my jog. I admit, my Half-Assed Workout was turning around!

I saw that the mileage was getting close to my 1.5 mile and I was in such a great groove I didn’t want to stop. It didn’t hurt that one of my favorite songs was on.

Before I knew it, I’d jogged 1.65 miles! Yay! And it felt good. I had no pain, no aches in my leg or knee. It was a great sign.

After my jog, I went back to lifting weights, but just for a little while longer. I skipped my normal ab workout, skipped my hip strengthening exercises and decided to just do my stretches and go home.

Gym Stats:

Time: 1:09

Calories Burned: 445

When I got home, Michael and I made dinner together. I made us big salads while he blackened some salmon.

We also steamed some edamame to go with dinner. It’s been in the freezer for a few months (from Trader Joe’s) and we desperately need to make room for a turkey!

It was really fast and easy to steam. It turned out well. Sprinkle some salt on the soybeans and it was just like the kind in a sushi restaurant.

Yum!Β  Dinner was good–a little on the salty side, but healthy otherwise.

During dinner Michael and I discussed Thanksgiving planning. This will be the first time either of us are cooking a Turkey Dinner. Plus we are having some friends over! It definitely cannot be half-assed.

We made a list of “must haves” for Thanksgiving. Since it’s going to be a potluck-style, we prioritized the items and figured out what we would be providing (i.e. Turkey, Appetizers).

Honestly I’m a tad nervous about taking on such a huge task. BUT I did make an entire chicken last month….and it was a success. It’s probably pretty similar!

QUESTION: Have you ever made Thanksgiving dinner on your own? Any tips for newbies?

Author: Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and Glamour.com.

11 thoughts on “Half-Assing It”

  1. I always make the turkey dinner for my family! I actually cook the bird in the oven overnight on a low temperature…it makes it so moist and tender in the morning! It falls apart, so it isn’t the prettiest looking turkey you’ve ever seen, but it is definitely the tastiest!

    Don’t stress–you will be fine! Also, your legs are ripped in that photo! They look crazy good!

  2. At least you went to the gym!

    I’m in total denial that Thanksgiving is sneaking up so fast. I have my final school project due Dec 1, and that’s all I can think about. Maybe we’ll have turkey meatloaf this year. (Last year Chris mashed an entire BAG of potatoes for the two of us! Like 10 lbs of potatoes. Crazy!)

  3. I have done Thanksgiving dinner several times on my own. The turkey is easy. Just get your basic butterball and follow the enclosed instructions. Just make sure you baste it occasionally, you know, pouring the juices over the bird.

    I wanted to grill our turkey this year, but my husband insists we can’t do it on our tiny grill. πŸ™

  4. I am not a good cook. I know that. The few time we have hosted at our house, I had my mom make the turkey and stuffing and bring them since they are the integral part of the meal and I did not want to screw up with them!

  5. I just want to send you a quick thank you πŸ™‚

    I read your blog every single day and the comment about “mostly walkers” on the treadmill hurt my feelings. *I* walk on the treadmill for 20 minutes every morning after 20 on the elliptical and 20 on the exercise bike. I’m just now at 197-198 lbs. and still feeling pretty self-conscious at the gym.

    And do you know what happened?

    I went to the gym the next morning and said SCREW walking. I’m going to run. And I did! And I have every day since then (4.5 mph 6-8 minute stretches, but it counts!) and I feel like I’m on top of the world- AND I’m not embarrassed anymore!

    So thank you for kicking my butt in the right direction and helping me annoy a lot less people at the gym πŸ˜‰

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