I do often wonder how much sweat is normal in a gym setting.
I think that if you still look cute at the end of a workout, then you haven’t worked hard enough! This is obviously because I definitely do not look cute either during or at the end of a workout…rather it looks as if I am in pain or trying to pass wind!
My little towel that I use to mop my tired old brow was in a disgusting state when I finished today. According to WebMD, it is perfectly normal to sweat litres a day, depending on your environment…so being a fat lass in a gym means that this is nothing to worry about! I read that unfit people sweat a lot as they tend to have more mass to cool – I think the author of this quote was trying to be politically correct and substituted the word ‘fat’ for ‘unfit’…I know plenty of unfit skinny people who don’t have ‘more mass to cool’…haha, I love it when people avoid using the word fat! Fit people sweat more efficiently and apparently start sweating during a warm-up as the body anticipates a workout and tries to cool us down. This is how efficient our bodies can be. I have no idea of the scientific accuracy of this as it was off an American forum, which if some of the comments were anything to go by, might not be a credible source!
I was merely trying to find a way of justifying my sweatiness as my top was drenched and my hair looked as if I had been swimming after my workout had finished this morning!
Whilst working on my thighs today, I decided to pay a lovely compliment to the lady next to me…about her trainers! They were rather lovely and shocking pink…as was my face after I threw my compliment out there, only to realise that she had her headphones on and was not the type to make eye contact. To be honest, it was pretty clear that I was taking to her though as I could see her chin hairs we were that close! Never mind…I am hoping for headphones for Christmas – I found some that you can wash…great for sweaty mares like me – so that I can put some tunes on and ignore what is happening around me. For me, music gets me in a good place, but when it comes to the gym I want to use the headphones to stop people talking to me, so I guess I can’t blame her!
As I was leaving the gym, I came across a very smug lady who walked down the stairs with me. I made a passing comment about my legs not liking the stairs after a workout, and she actually put her hand on my arm and said, “Don’t worry, as you start shifting some weight, they will get easier.” I was pretty speechless and just let it go…I didn’t even trot out my ‘I’ve already lost over 17.5st’ line. What I actually meant about the stairs was that I had worked so fecking hard that my legs felt as if they couldn’t hold me – something reminiscent of my BSW days (before Slimming World!) – and that I had been in there for an hour and a half…when the lady in question hadn’t even broken a sweat during her 20 minute gentle stroll. Saying that though…I have no idea why she was there and don’t judge progress on the length of a workout…but then she shouldn’t be so fecking presumptuous either!
I must develop a technique for dealing with gym ignorance. I think the headphones will help, and perhaps I should try and develop ignorance too – not making eye contact, head down, no smile for people…but then life would be pretty sad without a smile and a welcoming and confident demeanour I think. Instead of a t-shirt that says, ‘I have already lost 17.5st, so stop fecking staring!’, I should get one that says, ‘I don’t talk to smug bastards!’
Nobody is ever outright rude to me…I would love a chance to vent at someone like that. It is more that people make what they see as supportive comments, but that just sound so wrong! Please do not let my gym ramblings put you off joining…it has been the best thing I have done this year.
Swimming tonight was interesting too. The pool is sectioned off for lessons and parent and toddler swim, and then the other half is for swimming in general. I opt for the swimming in general lane, but tonight it was crowded with wannabe Micheal Phelps’ and a particularly annoying and overly friendly chap kept swimming into me…on purpose I think. He was told twice by the lifeguard to be careful, but seemed to take great pleasure in cutting me up and then treading water right next to me, trying to make conversation…and I mean incredibly close. He made me quite uncomfortable, so I ducked under the rope and went in the smaller pool after just 15 minutes…but still managed to get my full hour of swimming in. I am not normally weirded out by people, and I am not self-conscious when I go to the pool…but when people give me attention, it does make me self-conscious…I just want to be ignored and left alone!
Anyway, for those of you that didn’t catch this last night, ‘this’ is a 1kg bar of chocolate and my other half calculated that I have lost the equivalent of 112 bars!
He was hungry and had sniffed out a wrapped up Christmas present…but the majority of the bar is still in the fridge…and not even a little square has been touched by me, although I have to admit to having a sniff.
That’s it tonight from me…the majority of my day has been spent reading psychology texts for my assignment. They are really interesting, but when you have to read them, rather than wanting to read them, it takes the shine off for me. Never fecking happy…that’s my problem!
Breakfast: Smoked salmon scrambled eggs with cherry tomatoes.
A rather tasty food day! You can’t beat smoked salmon scrambled eggs for brekkie. Lunch was gorgeous. I chopped up some red onion, red and yellow pepper, and cucumber and added a dollop of the Total yogurt and a bit of mint sauce and stirred this up. I heated the pittas, stuffed them with spinach and then the minty yogurt veggie combo, added some tikka chicken and enjoyed! Dinner was lush. I had posted the recipe earlier on Facebook – red and yellow pepper, potato, red onion, garlic, smoked paprika…I used mixed herbs in mine and added mushrooms and spinach too. I cooked the salmon separately and it was a pretty decent dinner.
Exercise: 5 minutes treadmill, 55 minutes weights, 30 minutes on the elliptical machine and 60 minutes of swimming.
Thank you for reading,
Weight Loss Bitch xxx