Thursday, September 05, 2013
I've been doing a LOT of strength training in the last eight weeks [I'm so sad that there are only two weeks left in this fitness program! Although I plan on doing the next session too...] and it definitely shows!
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I'm still not where I want to be, but I'm getting there! [Also, did you see that I passed 50 pounds lost? It's about time!]
Tuesday, July 09, 2013
So, my new gym does this recurring 10 week fitness program called Fight for Fitness. The new session starts on Monday, and I've been excited about it ever since I saw the flyer a few weeks ago. Basically, for $200, I get 30 hours of personal training [two 1.5 hour sessions a week], plus there are weekly challenges [both fitness and nutrition based], a nutrition seminar, and dietary guidelines catered specifically to me [SparkPeople is great but when it comes down to it, they *are* just estimating my calorie needs]. I have to keep a food log for the first two weeks and then they'll tell me if I need to work on anything. Also, you know, it'll be somebody to help me if I hit a rut, and motivation to keep going through the entire program. And prizes! Prizes for the weekly challenges, and for whoever loses the most body fat by the end of the program.
I went yesterday to the "informational meeting" and was the only one there, but the trainer said not to worry, there are about 15 people already signed up, they've just done it before so they didn't have to go to the meeting. Which... oh yay, I'm the only new person? That's intimidating! On the other hand, it puts me in a really good position for the body fat prize. I don't have that much body fat to lose, I think, but if others have been doing it for previous sessions then their bodies are already used to the exercises [a little] and thus will change less rapidly. So, we'll see. I'm not really concerned about the prizes, anyway. I just want the personal training!
I already knew that I wanted to do it, so I signed up then and there and she took my measurements [I'm curious to see if I've been measuring myself incorrectly all this time...] and body fat with the skin callipers [which I'd never had done before]. She said she'd be emailing me those numbers in a few days. And then, I have to pay the first $100 by Monday so I'll do that on Friday when I get paid. The other half doesn't have to be paid until August 12th but I've been saving for this [*gasp* actually saving money? I know!] so I'll probably pay it the next week. I actually could pay it all by Monday but I want to make sure I have some money set aside just in case. [Look, I'm trying to be a responsible adult!]
But yes, I'm very excited! So I'll be working out with the personal trainer Monday and Thursday evenings, and I'm supposed to do 3 cardio sessions on my own the rest of the week [which isn't a problem at all]. I probably have to stop attending my Monday morning strength training class, since I'll be doing strength training in the evening, but I'll double check that. It would be sad, because I really like the class, but the instructor for the class is one of the personal trainers in the program [although not the ones I'm signed up with] so I'm sure he'd understand.
Well, it's time to get to bed so I can wake up early and get to the gym to swim before my aquafit class! [Which I'm really enjoying, by the way.] Joining this gym was a great decision!
Saturday, June 22, 2013
So, I finally joined my local YMCA yesterday and went this morning for my first workout. I had planned to get there by 8am so I could do some lap swimming before the adult lap swim ended at 9 [Saturdays during the summer, there are kids' swimming classes during the rest of the morning], but I didn't end up leaving my house until 8. I figured the pool would be crowded so I wouldn't get to swim-- but I peeked in on my way to the locker room and there were only two people in the pool! So I changed into my bathing suit and went swimming before hitting up the rest of the gym.
Oh, swimming. Haha. So, I can swim. I've known how to swim pretty much my entire life. My mom took us all to aqua baby classes, we had a pool in our backyard throughout my entire childhood, and we went to the beach regularly, living about 10 minutes away from it. I'm a competent swimmer, and I can hold my own even in the ocean. I am not, however, very elegant or efficient in my swimming. Aside from when I was ~1 year old, I've never taken swim lessons. I know how to swim, but I don't know how to swim properly, if you know what I mean. My form is terrible. I splash everywhere. I don't understand when you're supposed to breathe [or, I understand in theory, but actually making it happen is another matter].
Plus, I haven't been swimming in about 3 years.
So, I got in the pool and swam to the end. 37 seconds. Okay, not bad at all. Sure, there was a lot of splashing and I am terrible at swimming in a straight line [but I can't really walk in a straight line either so, what do you expect?] but not terrible. I turned around and swam back to my starting point. 1:30 for the entire lap. Somewhere around the second lap, I started to falter. This was HARD. I was expecting that, but... I wasn't quite prepared.
I ended up doing 5 laps, with longer and longer breaks between them, in about 15 minutes. I've done better, but I've also done worse. So, I have my fitness challenge for the summer. Well, sort of. I'm going to be focusing on my swimming, but... what's a good goal to work towards? Like, how many laps is a decent workout, and in how much time? I know absolutely nothing about lap swimming, so...
The Y also offers adult swim lessons so I'm thinking about that, once I have more cash to spare. They have basic swim lessons and "technique clinics" so the latter is definitely for me. Like I said, I know how to swim, I just don't know how to swim *properly*. [Another thing I still have to learn? How to put a swim cap on properly. That was a disaster.]
After swimming, I went to the cardio room and did some time on the elliptical and treadmill [just walking, I'm still recovering from a knee injury from last week] so that was nice, as well. And I've got my class schedule all picked out!
Monday, 9-10am: women with weights [I really need to get back into strength training]
Tuesday, 6-7pm: kickboxing
Wednesday, 9-10am: aqua aerobics [SO EXCITED!]
Friday, 9-10am: aqua aerobics
Not too bad. There's also a more advanced weight class, that's more p90x style, which I want to do eventually. But first, I have to get my strength training back up to where it should be. And there's a spin class, which I might do eventually, but I didn't want to do too much at first. [Sadly, the yoga class doesn't work out with my work schedule. Oh well, maybe next session!]
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Well at least, it's exciting to me... I finally bit the bullet and bought a domain for my blog! Now you can point your browsers to www.fuchsiagetsfit.com/ and get all my updates!
I used to do webpage design, for about 10 years, but fell out of it once I could no longer afford my own domain. So right now, the webpage just looks exactly like my blog did over on blogger's website but hopefully that will change!
Okay, I'm off to bed for the night, but I wanted to put that out there.
Saturday, June 08, 2013
Since I now have a paying job, I'm working through that backlog of stuff I've been meaning to buy. A few things are running related, and I thought I'd do a quick write-up about them here.
First of all, there's the SpiBelt. I posted a full review on my blog here: fuchsiagetsfit.blogspot.com/2013/06/
product-review-spibelt.html I've been on 4 or 5 runs with it now, and I don't have anything negative to say. It holds my house key, phone, license, and debit card with room to spare, and it doesn't bounce around. Finally, I can feel secure knowing that I'm going out on my runs with a working phone!
Second, I saw that there were some sports bras on sale on the Moving Comfort website so I ordered the Fiona bra: www.movingcomfort.com/Fiona/350003,d
efault,pd.html I've been on two runs with it and I have to say, I think that it is PERFECT. There's absolutely no bounce [size 38C] which I've found is almost impossible with running [even my other sports bra, which is really good, has noticeable bounce]. It's also SUPER comfortable, so I tend to wear it all day if I'm not going for a run until later [like today...]. I was wary of the velcro straps, but this isn't the velcro I had growing up, this is heavy duty stuff and it STICKS. So, I plan on ordering some more of this model in the next few weeks.
Third, BodyGlide. Let's face it, for those of us with glorious Thunder Thighs, chafing is an issue. I'd get horrible burns from my legs rubbing together when running, so I finally ordered some of this [I had it in my head that only "serious runners" who run 10+ miles a day should be using it, or something?]. I've used it on 3 or 4 runs now and guess what: no chafing! I got the lotion-like Body Glide, but I'll try out the stick next time. It's definitely worth the investment so far.
Also, not a product and not necessarily running related, but I tried this solution for shaving my legs this morning: militaryfit-bombshell.tumblr.com/pos
next-time-you-are-feeling and it is AMAZING. My legs are so smooth! Definitely recommended. I wonder if this will improve my running speed...?
So, yeah. There's a quick list of things you should check out, if you're so inclined.
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