I will admit, though, that it was my darling husband who urged me to go. I got up and had absolutely no desire to put on gym clothes and go. None at all. But he reminded me that I need to go...that it's good for me, blah, blah, blah. ;-) We changed topics eventually, but before he signed off (woah! hello, 90s term!) he told me to work hard at the gym today. *sigh* Now I had to go! So I went.
The gym on our little housing post/area is kind of small...kind of big. It has locker rooms (duh), a badminton (I had no idea that's how that was spelled. Thanks, spellcheck!) area, a basketball court, weight lifting area and then there are bikes, ellipticals and a few other things upstairs. The "elliptical area" overlooks the basketball court. Not sure what that's all about, but whatever. =P It looks nice and it's clean...that's all that really matters to me.
I hopped on one of the ellipticals and got to work. For the first 2-3 minutes, I didn't realize that the incline was set to 10!!! I knew I was working awfully hard, but geez! And it had me on some wacko "program." You know, you can choose which workout you want to do and it...does it. All of these freakin' machines are different and it really irks me. Anyway. I finally figured it out and set it to manual. I like to do my own thing, thank you very much. Unfortunately, changing the settings restarts your time. *sigh* So now I had no idea how long I'd been on there (I wasn't paying attention before).
I guess it worked out though, because I ended up burning 283ish calories in 30 minutes. My heart was seriously pumping. I'm also not sure that I trust the heart rate monitors they put on those machines. At one point, it said my heart rate was over 200. I thought, "Ok. If my heart is beating that fast should I really be able to run or even stand?!" Somehow, I don't think so. I did slow down just in case, though. No heart attack for me, please! At the end of 30 minutes, I had run 2.5ish miles! I'm seriously proud of myself! If only you knew how long it has been since I ran... ;-)
After I went to the museum and "worked" today, I stopped by the PX hoping to pick up a few things for Vday projects/packages. I found nothing I was looking for. Nothing. WalMart has also failed me. I'd like to go to Target, but I don't want to drive that far. I'm thinking I may need to take a trip to Ross. Anyway. The PX.
I've been really wanting to get a wristlet/small wallet to put all of my crap in while I'm at the gym. You know, so I don't have to take my entire bag in with me. Just something to hold my iPhone, keys and ID. I've looked online and I've even thought of making something. Well, I made my way over to the purse section of the PX. If you know me, you know that this is dangerous. I have a thing for accessories. ;-) I looked at some Coach (if only my budget would allow that!). I looked at some knock off. And then... Oh, and then... I saw a beauty. It was cute, perfect and only $20. If I had purchased something from Etsy, it would have cost $10-$15 plus shipping. Might as well be $20. So, I put it in my little basket and skipped off to get the other things on my list.
I now own some Vera Bradley!!! I big, pink puffy heart Vera Bradley!!! I really wanted something pink, but they didn't have any and I still think this print is super cute. =)
Keys, phone, earphones, change and cards!
Even better? ID slot on the outside!
Did you really think I'd show you my ID? Psh. ;-)
I may even be using this as my wallet wallet. Usually I carry the "mom wallet" that fits everything from business cards to the checkbook...and a pen. Seriously, it's pretty big. I love it but trying to dig out my military ID is a pain. Half the time, it's floating free in my purse so I can flash it when I go on post or get carded at the PX/Commissary. I need some stability in my life. =P Plus, with my keys attached I'll never lose them! Great solution, I think.
So, is it safe to say that I bought myself a present to 1) celebrate my great workout and 2) encourage me to go back to the gym? I think yes. And I'm ok with that. Let's just hope the hubby is too... Shhh... He doesn't know yet. ;-)