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24 June 2009 @ 09:24 am
important things  

Important things I have learned this morning:

1. It is all well and good to get up and bike to the gym. However, it is necessary to bring some kind of sustenance (ie, an apple) and eat it after swimming but before biking home again. Otherwise by the time I arrive home, I will be light-headed and nauseous from the dramatic inverse of energy expended to energy ingested. Being nauseous makes me disinclined to eat, which makes the situation worse, until eventually I am white-staticky and shaking and cannot function. Fortunately, today at least I recognized the latter half of that cycle, and ate as soon as I got home.

2. the Pilates class at the gym which is “starting soon” is in fact not starting until the fall, because everybody who’s expressed interest has also said, “Ah, but I won’t be able to make it until September so,” except me. So I’m going to have to re-apply myself to Pilates at Home, which I’ve kind of been eh about lately. Exercise is hard.


ytd km swum: 44.7
ytd wordcount: 188,200

(x-posted from the essential kit)
Current Mood: soresore
sandrawickham on June 24th, 2009 05:57 pm (UTC)
I am tempted to jump in and give my words of wisdom, but since it's what I do/know/live/breathe, I don't want to come off as a "know it all" and spout a long list of suggestions..so just a couple simple points:

If you're looking to lose body fat, some experts say doing cardio on an empty stomach can help (that's what we do for pre-contest). If you want energy for your workout, post workout meals are important. Post workout meals are not an option, they're essential! (of course, you have to eat the right post workout meal)

There are some great at home yoga and pilates workouts, a good idea is to get the most recent you can, or find a CURRENT television workout, so you know you're getting the latest info etc.

Do you have bike shorts with a chamois in them? LOL. That will help big time!

No, no, exercise is NOT hard! It's easy, if you think of it as easy!

Well, I tried to restrain myself..
sandrawickham on June 24th, 2009 05:59 pm (UTC)
Whops-just caught my own typo and don't know how to edit a comment (?).

Should say If you want energy for your workout PRE-WORKOUT meals are important. My bad.
kit: exercise_swimmingmizkit on June 24th, 2009 06:09 pm (UTC)
:) I don't eat before swimming because I utterly loathe having flavors in my mouth before I get chlorinated. Typically I have an apple when I'm walking home so I don't fall over, but this was the first time I'd biked to the gym and I thought "Hey! A bike is faster, I won't need the snack!" This was an incorrect assumption. :)

You, um, have rather mind-blowing abs there, assuming that's you in the icon. Holy beans. :)
sandrawickham on June 24th, 2009 07:15 pm (UTC)
I could understand the chlorinated taste issue! ;)

Well, live and learn, as they say.

Yes, that's me, I wouldn't post a fake icon, lol. That's me on stage for my fitness routine, this is another stage pic. :)
kitmizkit on June 24th, 2009 07:18 pm (UTC)
Ye gods. You're amazing. I have no desire to reach that degree of studliness--I sort of top out at, say, Linda Hamilton in T2 fitness, I'd *love* to get into that kind of shape once in my life...!--but, y'know, if you ever want to come to Ireland and tell me what to eat and how to exercise for six months I'll listen to you... :)