Treadmill update — I’ve…

Treadmill update -- I've used it every day since we got it, as has Kevin, I think. I don't appear to have lost much weight this week, if any, which is discouraging -- but my body fat levels have dropped a percentage point, which is significant and good. And the little proto-rolls of flab that had crept under the skin of my back over the Xmas holidays (and isn't that a disgusting image) appear to have almost entirely dissolved away, leaving smooth skin and teeny tiny little muscles. Watching Alias is making me crave more, stronger, muscles. (I got the first season for Xmas from Jed, and am now watching the second season on Netflix mildly compulsively.) I need to add weights back into my routine; we have dumbbells at home (5 - 20 pounds), but I'm not sure what exactly to do with them without a weight bench. Bicep curls, sure, but what else? Any pointers to useful websites like the on this subject would be appreciated.

Today I need to read my students' material. I should also write, in theory, but am feeling highly unmotivated. We'll see. In general, I'm behind at the moment -- on writing, on Kriti, on the SLF, on small errands and tasks. I get anxious about falling more behind. It makes me grumpy, and unsettles my sleep.

I woke up this morning from a dream in which I was grading a student paper; the student had written a story about animals, and had for some bizarre student reason decided to bring various animals (lizards, snakes) in as part of the project. Since I was working in a small MFA program attached to a zoo, that seemed okay -- we added his animals to one of the cages and then started going over the story. But then we realized that the cage we'd picked didn't have a top, and one of his snakes was getting out, and he didn't seem to know whether it was poisonous or not. When I started telling one of the zoo administrators about it, he got quite annoyed with me. And then a huge spider/beetle creature -- bigger than my knee -- started scuttling across the floor towards me, climbing right up onto the couch where I was sitting, and I woke up, heart racing.

4 thoughts on “Treadmill update — I’ve…”

  1. I really like women’s weight training. Great site, great attitude, lots of women power. Should fit in nicely with your Alias watching, and they have some “home gym” routines. 🙂

  2. I figured that people would come up with better sites than I could (I’d forgotten that existed!). I was right. But I did used to be a fitness instructor, and in recent months have gotten back to pumping iron, so next time I’m in your neck of the woods, if you like, I can show you some exercises.

  3. Mary Anne Mohanraj

    Thanks for the suggestions, guys, and Nalo, I’ll take you up on that next time you’re in town. 🙂 Karina also mentioned that Self magazine ( has a lot of home exercise programs, with useful slideshow features. And Kevin told me that Oprah’s website has a bunch of weight stuff with videos as well.

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