I Carry A Pager At The Gym

For the past few days it has seemed like it hasn’t stopped raining and last night we had our first SNOW.  Yuck!!! I hate snow so much.  I know when I get older I’m gonna become a snow bunny and travel to Florida or somewhere warmer when it gets cold. I went to the gym when it started snowing.  My car had no snow on it when I went into the gym.  I came out to this….

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It was covered in sleet.  I hate knowing that this is only the BEGINNING of a long winter.  I’ll have to pray to the snow ferries that they don’t drop a lot of snow this year.

Last night, after work, I completed Jamie Eason’s Live Fit Day 50 – Arms, Abs and Cardio.  I felt like this was somewhat a milestone for me.  I’ve never stayed on a workout plan for this long! I always end up quitting after a couple weeks.  I’m now in week 8 of my program.  I have this week and then 4 more weeks to go! I CAN DO IT!

The workout listed seemed super long.  I thought I’d be in the gym for about 2 hours, but it ended only taking about an hour and a half.

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Yes, that’s a PAGER in the background.  I live in the 80′s.  It’s the pager I have to carry around at the gym all the time.  I feel like such a tool.  For my full time job, I work at a hospital. They require me to be on-call for two weeks at a time for 24/7.  I’m two weeks on call, then two weeks off, then back to on-call.  It blows.  I don’t usually mind carrying it when I have a purse or jeans on, but when I’m at the gym I’m not going to clip it onto my spandex or sportsbra!  Ugghh…the unglamorous life of an I.T. nerd!

A few notes about my workout:

- Narrow pushups – I still hate you and think it will be a lifelong hatred.  I still use my knees to do these badboys.

- Skull Crushers & Narrow Bench Press Superset - I used a 20lb barbell for the crushers and quickly switched to a 30lb barbell for the narrow bench press.  If you hold your hands close for the bench, you can really feel it burn in your triceps!

- Barbell 21′s – I used a 20lb barbell again.  It was a bit easier for me this time than last, but not easy enough to go up to a 30lb barbell!  21 reps is a LOT!!!

- Stability Ball Reverse Crunches – I don’t understand you so I did reverse crunches on the bench.  Damn those burn.

- Jackknife sit ups on stability ball – I REALLY don’t understand you and hate everything with the word jackknife in it..so I did 3 sets of 15 romain chair leg lifts instead. 

After the lifting, I did 30 min of medium intensity cardio.  I did 15 min on the treadmill at 3.8mph and a 3 incline.  Then I hopped onto the eliptical for 15 minutes.  This was the first time I tried to do moderate cardio on the eliptical and I felt like I was going SO SLOW!! (not that my treadmill is any less embarrasing at medium).  My heart rate was hard to get below 150 on the eliptical.  I couldn’t maintain a steady fat-burning pace.

After almost every workout, I use this machine they have at our gym to measure our bodies.  It’s the Lifestyle Life Center.  It measures your heart rate, weight, BMI, Blood pressure and bodyfat in a few minutes.  It tracks all your stats online too :)

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 The one main thing I like to monitor is my bodyfat percentage.  These things aren’t that accurate though so I take my number with a grain of salt.

The way it measures bodyfat is by gripping the silver sensors below the screen for about 15 seconds… 

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Last night, my bodyfat percentage was at 18.69.  Not the best.  It’s been lower for sure.  Oh well. 

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 Did you ever have a pager when you were younger? I did! I had one in jr. high.  They are so pointless if you don’t have a cell phone to call people back on. haha I thought I was so cool :)

**Erin**

 

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  1. says

    Yes, snow is the worst. It makes me transform into a 90 year old woman who can hardly see past the hood of the car and over the steering wheel, and frankly, a danger to all those around me.
    And dude, I had a pager in high school and I thought I was the. COOLEST.
    I was not. But it was fun to have a pager back then. I can definitely see how it would be cumbersome nowadays.

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