I Can Lift Elephants

Every September, when our kids go back to school, one of my girlfriends and I start walking again.  We always end up taking the summer off to spend the time with our kids.  (Then again, maybe we just like to take the summer off to sleep in…) The only problem with this plan is that Seattle is pretty wet in the fall and winter. And the spring.  Don’t get me wrong, we still walk in the rain, after all, us Pacific Northwest Women are pretty tough (Yes, I know I’m really a California girl, I’m adapting though!) we just complain more. 

This year we started talking about going to the gym. The big draw was that it would be dry in there.  In addition, they had tons of workout equipment, as well as lots of fun classes.  The bonus for me was that I already had a membership.  I just hadn’t used it since I had gashed my leg so badly last February. 

So, towards the end of last month, my friend joined the Y and together we started going to work out first thing in the morning.  At first, it was really, really hard. Climbing tout of a nice warm bed then actually moving and sweating wasn’t exactly appealing to either of us.  Yet…slowly…the routine has come to be a good thing.  I have to admit that I’ve become rather proud of the little baby muscles I’m growing.  (Shaun is getting a little tired of feeling them and making impressed noises to humor me…)

This morning’s email brought a progress report from the gym.  (Yikes! Nobody told me we would get report cards!) Of the six times I had visited the Y in October, my report told me that I had burned a measly 705 calories.  This was equivalent to not quite two ice cream sundaes. 

I have to admit that, despite the fact that my brother reassured me that they must be referring to really, really big sundaes, I was still a little upset.  After all, I had been on the treadmill or bike for 40 minutes at a time glowing perspiring sweating like a pig, and all I had worked off was two measly little sundaes???

I continued to read the report, still feeling a bit miffed about not having burned off at least a horse worth of calories. Then I came to the part that told me I had lifted over thirteen thousand pounds.  That just happens to be equivalent to an elephant and a half!

I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am that I can lift elephants.  In fact, I can’t wait for this month to end so that I can see how many elephants worth I have lifted.  Heck, If I keep at it, I may even be able to report that I lifted a blue whale. 

In the meantime, if you notice any stray elephants, just give me a call and I’ll carry it home!

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11 Responses to I Can Lift Elephants

  1. thisisme says:

    Thought that was a very funny post! The thought of you striding along with an elephant on your back is really cool. Gosh, you are good, getting out of a nice warm bed and heading off to the gym. I think it makes a difference if you have someone to go with. Somehow that keeps you motivated. Thanks for popping by my Blog, via LBS.

    • Susie says:

      Getting up early might have something to do with the fact that I have to take my daughter to school every morning. Why high school needs to start so early I’ll never know. Most teens prefer to get up at noon anyways! 🙂

  2. Kathy says:

    Hope you find a great job at a nearby zoo!

    Interesting about that report card — kind of neat. My workouts always start with 45-60 minutes of cardio, then I do the weights. I’ve worked with trainers and although this is not the order they want me to work out, it works best for me. I try to go to the gym 2 to 4 times a week; some weeks I do more; some less.

  3. Kathy says:

    Whoops….also, I’m interested in how they keep track of your workouts. Do you sign in on the machines?

    • Susie says:

      We do sign in at each machine as well as a main kiosk and even from home if you want to long in whatever you’ve done there. It’s called fitlinxx and I think it’s pretty cool.

  4. I find the calorie read out on my elliptical at home to be disappointing too–1/2 hour of all out for 210 calories burned? Argh.

    Maybe I need to start lifting elephants like you!

    • Susie says:

      It sure does seem like all that hard work should burn off more calories. Athough I have to admit that knowing how long it takes to burn off such a measly amount is making me think twice about what I put in my mouth!

  5. Kara says:

    I saw your blog in the Lady Blogger’s Tea Party comments 🙂

    I’m pretty sure the Y where I live doesn’t send out progress reports, which is probably a good thing! Sundaes ain’t got nothing on me! lol

    • Susie says:

      I live in a pretty high tech area, I think electronic updates are expected! (although I sure was surprised to get it even though I did give them my email!)

  6. Karen says:

    Stopped by from LBS because your post title intrigued me:) That talk of sundaes has me salivating.

  7. Jessings says:

    Hey, found your blog from Lady Blogger’s Tea Party – I was drawn in by the post title. Good job 😀