sweats of the week

I had a really rough week emotionally and I let it affect my workout schedule. My to-do list got a little overwhelming, work got crazy, and I’m still reeling from the death of Dan Wheldon (it is hard to explain what IndyCar means to my family). Plus, on top of that, it rained for days and days, and my emotions are definitely connected to the weather. Obviously, these all explain why I skipped out on the gym, but they certainly don’t excuse it. I really need to learn to lean on exercise as a coping mechanism instead of letting it fall by the wayside as soon as I’m feeling down or stressed.

Here’s hoping that this upcoming week will have less tears and a lot more sweaty workouts. Anywho, onto what I did do.

Sunday (10/16)

  • 2 mile walk

Did a nice walk around the neighborhood with the Puppyface. I’m loving the RunKeeper app for my iPhone. It seems to be remarkably accurate and I like trying to push myself to walk just a little bit faster, even when I’m just out for a stroll with the PF.

Monday (10/17)

  • 2-1/4 mile walk

Another walk around the neighborhood. I was really feeling the walking. Gave me a chance to clear my head and enjoy the nice weather. And then. And then….the rain started. For days and days.

Saturday (10/22)

Gym (60 minutes, 422 calories)

  • 30 minutes strength training
  • 10 minutes elliptical
  • 20 minutes stationary bike

I definitely burst into tears in the cardio room. I’m such a freak. There are three TVs. At one point, all three of them were playing tributes to Dan Wheldon (his death is still a big local news story). I started thinking about his wife and kids and that’s when I totally lost it. Thankfully, I was the only one in the cardio room. It feels weird to be so emotional over the death of someone I’ve never met. Hard to explain. Of note: if you ever want to get something out of me, I am apparently really emotionally vulnerable about 45 minutes into a tough workout.

  • 2 mile walk

Again, with the Puppyface. The sun finally made an appearance just in time for the weekend. Walking can be so nice! Although I wish parents would teach their kids not to run up to a strange dog and try to pet it. Was I the only one that got taught that you ask before you pet a stranger’s dog? Cuz Puppyface about ate a few small children yesterday afternoon.

I have 32 days to go in my All About the Numbers challenge. Missed the challenge introduction? Go read what it’s all about. The blue numbers represent where I am currently in my quest to tackle my goals.

  1. Complete 2000 fitness minutes (298/2000)
  2. Do a 2 minute plank (1 minute 30 seconds)
  3. Do a 1 minute chair sit (35 seconds)
  4. Run or walk a total of 100 miles (9.13/100)
  5. Stationary bike a total of 100 miles (8.3/100)
  6. Drink 4000 ounces of water (736/4000)
  7. Track my food for 30 days (8/30)
  8. Eat 200 servings of fruits and veggies (37/200)
  9. Go 40 days without stepping on a scale (8/40)
  10. Write and post 30 Operation Beautiful notes (4/30)

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What was your best workout of the week?



  1. Laurel says

    I’ve found the best way to begin relying on exercise as a form of therapy is just to do things you like in those times of stress (like a yoga video or walking with your pup!) instead of trying to mentally prepare for a sweaty gym session. I know you’ve said how much you like SparkPeople in the past, is that what you’ve been using to track your food on this new challenge? I’m always curious about what tracking sites people find helpful.

    • Cassie says

      I am actually using MyFitnessPal to track for this challenge. Mostly because I like their iPhone app much better than the Sparkpeople one. :) But as a community? I love SP!

  2. Allie says

    We are complete opposites on the chair sit and plank! I can chair sit for 2+ minutes, but planking is so hard to me!

    • Cassie says

      The chair sit is so hard for me! And I figured I’d be awesome at it because I kinda have thunder thighs from running so much.

  3. says

    I can relate. I’ve been an emotional wreck for much of the week, keep thinking about Dan and his family. I had the privilege of spending a short amount of time with him, away from the spotlight, just recently. I’ll never forget it. I still can’t believe he had that much of an impact on me that I spent much of the week grieving. Exercise was definitely therapeutic, and kicked butt in my Thursday morning spin class.

    • Cassie says

      I am so, incredibly jealous that you got to spend some time with him. I never met him. Never even stood in the same room as him. But I watched him race since he first stepped on the scene in 2002 and have watched him do his thing in person more times that I can count. I feel so honored that I can say I saw his two 500 wins in person.

      One thing that is comforting is that we are all in this grief together. He was such an amazing person. It’ll take a while to get over what we lost.

  4. says

    This right here is the #1 thing I need to work on: “I really need to learn to lean on exercise as a coping mechanism instead of letting it fall by the wayside as soon as I’m feeling down or stressed.”

    have a great week!!!

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