Wow – what a long day! I’m just sitting down to start writing a post, and it’s 11:47pm. Since I know it will take me longer than 13 minutes to finish this, the post date on the blog will be listed as Sunday, 10/3, but really, this is my Saturday 10/2 post.
The day started relatively early for a Saturday: In my car at 9am, heading towards the gym. My regular gym, the Burbank Athletic Club, has 2 locations – one that’s closer to my place, and one that’s farther, in downtown Burbank. I go to the closer location 98% of the time, except for the rare occasions when I’ve taken spin classes, which are only offered at the farther location. I’ve only taken 2 spin classes, both in the past 2 months, in the three or so years I’ve been a member of this gym.
Last weekend, on my way to the spin classroom, I noticed that the farther location has two types of stairmasters, whereas the closer location has just one. There’s this type of stairmaster, which is the one that the closer location has:
It’s the kind where your feet go on these pedals that move up and down. I don’t care for this machine at all. Sure, the motion is very similar to that when you’re climbing stairs, but it just doesn’t feel right, since your feet never leave the pedal. I find it difficult to find a rhythm, and usually I get really annoyed, really quickly.
So when I saw last week that the farther location has the mini-escalator Stairmaster version, I thought, I gotta come back and try it!
It’s not the first time I’ve used the mini-escalator version. The gym at my college had them, but that means I hadn’t used one since my freshman year, 13 years ago. So today was like a reunion! A painful, difficult, reunion. First of all, Stairmasters are HARD. Second of all, I realized at the gym that I had left my headphones at home, rendering my iPod useless. Sweet. I set a goal to be on it for 10 minutes, and I made it, barely. It felt like I had spent 30 minutes on it – I was really huffing and puffing towards the end. The machine said I walked up 41 flights of stairs, which is impressive – that’s the number of stories of the Ernst & Young building downtown!
After catching a breath and swigging about a 1/2 liter of water, another machine caught my eye:
I don’t know what it’s called, but it’s kinda like those Gazelle informercials you used to see 6 or 7 years ago. A smooth, fluid movement, like an elliptical, except you’re pulling up and working your quads. Maybe it’s nothing like a Gazelle – I’ve never been on one of those. There’s a good chance I don’t know what I’m talking about. Anyhoo, I decided to give it a whirl, and spent 20 minutes on it. I followed that with 15 minutes on an elliptical for a total of 45 minutes of cardio.
While on the elliptical, I watched part of an episode of “Modern Marvels” on the gym TV. This episode was about dairy farms, and included a piece of information that I will share as a Saturday Fun Fact:
Humpback whale mothers produce 1,000 gallons of milk a day, and it’s 42% fat. Because of the high fat and protein levels, it’s the same thickness as toothpaste. The high fat and protein levels allow humpback whale babies to gain about 200 pounds a day during their first few weeks of life.
The other benefit of going to the farther gym is that on Saturday mornings, it’s right around the corner from the Burbank Farmer’s Market. I headed there after my workout and picked up some goodies: cherry tomatoes, bell peppers, limes, strawberries, sprouts, scallions, and a cucumber. My new item for the week was a type of fruit I’ve never heard of before: Pineapple guava. They’re small – about 4 inches long – and apparently you just quarter them and eat the insides. I bought three, for 75 cents. The farmer said to let them ripen for another day, so tomorrow I’ll give you some more details. But here’s a picture:
After getting home, I hopped in the shower, and met up with some friends for brunch (grilled chicken breast, tomato slices, low-fat cottage cheese, and a bowl of fruit), and then, this evening, headed out to my aunt and uncle’s place in the suburbs to celebrate my cousin Macrae’s birthday. She’s the one that turned me on to Latin Jam class, so, as a present, my aunt, uncle and I went in together and bought her a gift certificate to that gym.
OH! I almost forgot! Today was one of my weigh-in days, and I’m down FOUR MORE POUNDS! Here’s my updated weight loss chart:
I’m down 141 pounds total. My current weight is 261 pounds. I also added the dotted line this morning at 250 pounds – so I can easily see how far away I am from my next goal. Right now, I’m only 11 pounds away!
Keep it up, David!