As part of my new plan, I got up this morning and went to the gym before work. Since I didn't work until noon, this wasn't as impressive as it may seem. The real challenge will come when I try to convince myself to be at the gym at 7:30 in the morning. But I did make it there this morning, and spent half an hour on the elliptical machine.
I seem to have a much harder time working out in the mornings. I get worn out much quicker and I just want to stop. I wonder if it's because I don't have as much ready energy available to burn first, even though I always eat breakfast first. But whatever the reason, after about 10 minutes I start telling myself that I'll stop at 20 minutes instead of my usual 30, and I take frequent breaks. Having someone else with me really helps to keep me motivated, even if it's just for the competition. Today, just when I was about to give up, Natalie from the BodyPower class came into the room and started working out. Even though we didn't even speak, just the fact that she was there kept me going. So thank you, Natalie, and I'll try not to think nasty thoughts about you next time you suggest doing tricep dips in class.
And for lunch I tried a new recipe from the cookbook Hungry Girl: 200 under 200. I made the Green Pepper Pizzas, which is pizza sauce and toppings with the green peppers as the crust. It was actually pretty good, but by the time I finished the whole thing, the pepper flavor had gotten a little overwhelming. Maybe next time I'll use a smaller pepper.