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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

This is how it feels when you've been hit by a bus.

Day three of boot camp and this video aptly applies to me:

I'm doping up on ibuprofen and icing my knees. Squats and lunges - you win this round but just wait. Give me a couple of weeks and I'll hop up and down stairs again. In the meantime just give me some extra time to walk across my living room, office, parking lot, bathroom, etc...

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Station Master

Day Two of Boot Camp and there were no more fainting/puking spells. Thank goodness.

Instead there were many, "oh good grief can't you pay attention!" spells.

Today was interval training at 12 different stations (though many were repeats of previous stations).

The order was such (sorry I thought it would be bigger - cannot avoid adding "that's what she said" I tried, I really tried...):

You'd be amazed at how many people couldn't grasp the concept of moving through 12 stations. After being bumped out of positions during the first round (and the instructor couldn't figure it out herself) I decided to risk being annoying in the second round by telling confused people where to go next. Going from station 12 to 1, 4 to 5, 8 to 9, or 9 to 10 seemed to be the most confusing.

My second point for today's post is that I am not a fan of jump ropes (and there were 4 jump rope stations today). I'm sure jumping is a superb form of exercising but after having two big-headed kids my bladder has informed me that I should never jump - ever.

Monday, January 24, 2011

"Unless You Puke, Faint or Die, Keep Going!" ~ Jillian

12 minutes into Boot Camp today and I almost puked and fainted. I took a 30 second breather which turned into a 5 minute breather (when the room didn't cease to spin around) but I went back and finished the class.

I seriously don't know why I crashed like that. The class was high cardio and while I definitely am not in the best of shape I have kept somewhat active and can get through an hour of Zumba or 40 minutes of running still. My best guess is that I need to eat something better for breakfast tomorrow (today was a banana, coffeee, and an English muffin plus a granola bar for a snack around mid-morning). Probably too much sugar and not enough protein - something was off, way off.

It's a 5 day/week program and I can go twice a day if I feel up to it. My first goal is to just get through a whole class. I joked with some fellow classmates (whom I know from other classes and previous boot camps) that I was a cautionary tale of taking a year off of boot camp.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Starting Boot Camp again will be ugly.

Last weekend my husband and I had a long talk about our individual weight loss goals and work out plan. For me it was working out 45-60 minutes a day to jump start my weight loss (every pound I lost last year is back on me) and kick back the fat % which has frightened me from getting back on my fancy-shamcy scale.

But a whole week went by without much exercise and only a tiny effort towards eating better. I will be starting boot camp again but it doesn't officially start until the 22nd (or somewhere around that date) so until then it's up to me to keep a schedule. And we've all seen how well I do at that...


But I got in the gym today for an hour of cardio and some toning exercises. The cardio wore me out but didn't kill me (I kept the pace slower than were I was before - about 11 m/m). The toning exercises however were another story. And where I had excitement about starting boot camp before - I now have a more realistic realization of what the first couple weeks back will feel like. And that realization is not warm and fuzzy.

I haven't really looked at races yet for this year. I might do the Zoo Run Run again (3rd year in a row) but it would be with a friend and a walk/run thing since I'm nowhere near being able to run it at the same pace I did last year. I'm more serious about the 15k again since it's around my birthday and a nice excuse to get out of town and down to Chattanooga (a lovely place to visit). But I'll get through the first few weeks of bootcamp and then reconsider it.

I'm somewhat concerned about my side pain flaring up again and I don't want to lose money on race entries again so it's a wait and see. But even if I can't run in races I will lose this weight again (20 lbs) by my birthday. I'm completely disgusted with the gain and it will not stay on my frame.

I also told my husband that this was the year that we would buy me a bike - a nice bike not a Walmart/Target bike. It will need to wait until tax refund time but the plan is in the works.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Dreaming of other things...

If I ever move to the beach the first thing I'm doing is joining an all-male British running cross country team.

Until then, I really need to put Chariots of Fire on my Netflix queue.

Big plans for this New Year but let's see if I can get through the first week of my resolutions before I start blogging about them. I will say that I got a body fat scale at a Christmas exchange and it's an evil thing. At least the numbers it's telling me are evil.