So Regina and I made it to the YMCA after her therapy yesterday. We discussed it ahead of time and decided we would use the elliptical machine. I’ve mentioned it before but it bears repeating: this is my very favorite machine in the world. Well, it was but it’s not anymore.
What I failed to remember about the machine is how difficult it can be when you are just starting out. I also forgot that it took me quite some time to build up my stamina to where I could use it for an hour. Because of forgetting those two key factors when I got on to the machine with my confidence at an alarmingly high level, I ended up making a complete ass of myself.
Now, obviously I don’t care too much about what other people are thinking. I mean seriously, I’m 8 months pregnant (and overweight to begin with) and just starting to workout for the first time in 4 years. I don’t really care if people think “Omg, look at this crazy, terribly out of shape, pregnant lady.” It is what it is, so I don’t feel bad. I do care however that I almost discouraged myself before I could even get started.
You would think that using an elliptical machine was similar to riding a bike. You know — once you know how to do it you never forget. I thought that at least but I’m here to tell you I was wrong. Terribly wrong. For the life of me I couldn’t figure out the machine and more specifically what I needed to do with my feet to make it go in a forward motion. That’s right, I spent the longest four minutes of my life trying to move the pedals forward, not backwards, or in an up and down motion.
Total time spent on elliptical: 4 minutes.
Total people who where wondering what the hell I was doing: I’m guessing all who were present.
The good news is that I burned a handful of calories. The other good news is that my memories of learning how to use the elliptical came flooding back to me. Now I remember that I need to take my time and build my tolerance up. And maybe not be 8 months pregnant. Or at the very least remember that I’m 8 months pregnant.
Anyway, after my disastrous attempt on the elliptical I moved over to the tread mill. I was much better at that because it’s super basic and I even beat my numbers from last week. My total mileage and rate were still completely pathetic, but I burned more calories than I would have say.. sitting in my car devouring 1,000 calories worth of McDonald’s crap. Which I shamelessly admit to having done before arriving at the gym. Yeah, I’m that girl.
In any case, if you ever had reservations about joining a gym or public exercising place because you are afraid of making a fool of yourself, just know that I’m doing it for you. Go ahead and join, give it your worst, I’m sure your attempts will be stellar compared to mine and I’m certain that you won’t look half as foolish as I do :)