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Looking Back: The Ellipmachine.

I go through cycles of using and not using the elliptical machine at our house, but I do appreciate the fact that I have a go-to cardio option for those moments when I'm stuck at home/can't get to the gym/being stalked by high blood sugars.  Today, I'm revisiting a post from March 2009, when the ellipmachine entered my life.  :)

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When I was preparing for our wedding last year, I spent a lot of time at the gym.  A.  Lot.  As in, too much.  If I wasn't at work at dLife or doing wedding-esque things like cake tastings, dress fittings, and bridal shower fun, I was working out and doing mI love this thing.y best to keep the stress from fattening me up.

Fitness was my priority.  

But after the wedding, other stuff started to crop up.  Weekends home in RI.  Travel for work.  Writing projects that required lots of attention.  New focuses at dLife.  Every day was this whirlwind of chaos and while I've been having fun and being very productive, my days at the gym were harder to come by.  Before, I was working out faithfully Monday - Friday after work.  But "life stuff" kept cropping up, and suddenly I found myself at the gym only four days a week.

Then it all became a perfect storm of distraction.  I was working late on dLife initiatives.  I was answering emails from my Blackberry into the wee hours of the night and sleeping less.  My wrist exploded in a fit of tendinitis and low blood sugars returned to my life with a renewed sense of determination.  Piles of snow kept falling and the gym kept closing, and on other days, I worked too late to get to the gym before it closed.

My time at the gym went from frequent and intense to only four days a week and pretty remedial.

Not okay, because my body wants to be fluffy.  It may be a family gene pool thing and it might also be exacerbated by diabetes factors, but if I sit still and let nature take its course, my body wants to be a happy 15 lbs heavier.

I, however, do not agree.

But I was frustrated because between feeling stressed and having lows again, my caloric intake far exceeded my burn off.  Thus, I lost any semblance of abs.  (Shame, too, because I liked them while they were there.)  So, in effort to reclaim my abs before I get pregnant and become a happy beach ball swallower, I did my part to stimulate the economy:  I bought an elliptical machine.

Or, as I keep calling it by mistake, an "ellipmachine."

It was delivered and assembled last Monday morning, and I called Chris (who was on business in California last week) to tell him it had arrived safely.  

"It's here!  The ellipmachine!"

"The what?"  

"I mean the elliptical."

It's a nice machine - very smooth and not clunky as to annoy our downstairs neighbors (I do not want to become Shoes) - and I used it every day last week for an hour.  Now I'm able to go out with my coworkers after work for an hour or two and still manage to slide a workout in.  I am also hoping to use it in the mornings (provided I'm able to get to bed at a reasonable time and eek out a 20 minute workout in the am).  My main hope is to reclaim the level of fitness I worked so hard to achieve before the wedding but lost a bit due to that pesky "life stuff."  

Last week, while Chris was out of town, he called one night and I answered, panting.  

"Hey baby ... what are you doing?"

"Dude, I'm on the ellipmachine."

I could hear him laughing.  "The ellipmachine, eh?"

"Oh you know what I mean."Here's hoping that the ellipmachine can help me get a workout in even when my schedule wants to thwart my good intentions.  I'm ready to battle.

(Take that, early gym closings!  En garde, late nights at work!  Pffffft, snow days!  Come back, sort-of-abs!) 

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How do you keep yourself moving?  Ellipmachine?  Raking leaves?  Chasing the hedgehog that lives underneath your deck (this is a real thing, unfortunately)?


You've been writing about hedgehogs a lot lately. Is there something you want to tell us?

You have a hedgie under your deck? Jealous!

I keep myself moving little by little. Okay, I know I'm not kidding anyone. But seriously, when I first started the swim/bike/run thing, it was a chore to get to the pool or to go for a run, and riding my bike caused me anxiety even though I loved doing it. But, as with anything else, when you do something enough times, it becomes a habit that feels wrong *not* to do.

It is so hard to exercise just with work and juggling family. I prefer to stay active outdoors. It becomes hard in the winter months but I try to find resources with fun and creative ideas.

Can we still reply even tho it's an old post? I'm guessing your hedgehog is gone. Under our deck we have an opposum... not nearly as nice. I go to an exercise class twice a week (usually) and always take the stairs at work (3 floors, several times daily). It's not quite enough, but it's something.

I love the Ellipmachine! I use mine at the gym, at least 6 days per week. I stay on it for a minimum of 35, and a maximum of 45, minutes. The settings I prefer are Cardio, at a level of 10. I recently saw another "ellip" user reading a book by placing her Kindle Touch on the little rack that the machine has. I bought a Kindle Touch, and now (rather than watch boring TV shows at the gym) read books while exercising!

Wasn't that in 2009? Not '03. >.> Just sayin', I don't think you've been married almost 10 years.

I wish a hedgehog lived under my deck. Those guys are cute! Here in Portland, OR, we don't have them.

You sure take good responsibility for your health. I think you'll live a long time.

I miss your calico cat. I was sorry to read about her disappearance. Hopefully you can respond that she's come back (but my husband Jeff probably would have told me if you found her again).

Was that intro about going "through cycles..." a deliberate or accidental pun?!

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