exercise goal #1 - 1st day at the gym

Hello my good DS friends!
I returned to the gym on 3/1.  It was extremely busy there - I guess the new years resolution people haven't left yet.  They will, in the next week or so.  Every machine was practically used.  I hopped on the treadmill and walked for 30 minutes.  10 minutes at 3.2, 5 minutes at 3.4, 5 minutes at 3.6, 5 minutes at 3.4, and finally 5 minutes at 3.2.  Nice an easy workout.  Didn't overdo it (the last time I worked out right before my 1st cancer lumpectomy surgery - I was actually running at 5.5!).  Then went on the eliptical which I just stayed on the 1st level.  The eliptical is kinda hard at the beginning.  I did get really good the last time.  I stayed on the eliptcal for 20 minutes.  I think when I go back tonight, I will try and start on the eliptical because the treadmill seems to be easier. 
I actually felt fine afterwards, which is a good thing.  A little sweat and push can't hurt anyone.  Gotta make my time worthwhile. 
I will be doing 30 minute treadmill and 20 minute eliptical for the next 3 weeks, 3 times a week the same workout.  Have to get my muscles a chance to catch up - too much resistance/distance would tire me out.   Not good for me since its been almost a year since I worked out (I can't count October - I went once and then had to deal with my health issues such as my 2nd benign lumpectomy).   I want to keep going.    then I will continue to increase the time/resistance/distance by 5 minutes, .2 speed on the treadmill every 2 weeks. 
Gotta get ready for the "biggest loser" and the Kaleida Health system 5K training program on Thursdays starting 3/24, which goes until the corporate challenge.  It will be nice to get in shape for the thing so I am not dying after run/walking 3.5 miles.
I cannot believe my weight is 191!  What a slug!!!   Thats what I get for being so sedindary.  Hard to believe that I ran a marathon in 1998, ran several 15K, 10K and close to 50-60 5K races in my area.  I am so dissappointed in myself for getting like this.  Thats gonna change.  Lots of health issues that I had to take care of - tests/procedures and dr appts.  At least its over with, until the end of the summer.
 

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deleted_user
deleted_user

Good job! Keep it up and you\'ll be back in shape in no time!
deleted_user
deleted_user

Good job on working out on a regular basis. I hate going to the gym when it\'s crowded. It\'s not that I mind people, but I want to get in, get my workout done, and then get out. I hate waiting for machines, too. Maybe you can try going at a different time like before work? Of course, cleaning up afterward can become an issue.

Try making your treadmill walking a little tougher by increasing the grade if you want it to become just as taxing as the eliptical, especially if the gym is crowded and you can\'t get on the eliptical first. This will also help you to burn more calories.

Don\'t beat yourself up too much for not being where you used to be. You\'ll get back there. You\'ve been through so much! Cut yourself a break.
deleted_user
deleted_user

i had to lay down just reading about that exercise routine- made me exhausted!
simplegirl
simplegirl

Great job on the exercising. You are doing fabulously. I need to get going on my exercising too. Just wish I had the motivation to do it. Keep up the good work!!