Monday, May 16, 2011
Quite a journey it has been to finish. And I can't say I was always 100% successful, but I stuck it out knowing I did the absolute best I could! I've learned a few things along the way that I didn't know I could do...
I doubled up ALL the toning videos every day this final week. I made myself do them all twice because I knew for myself it was time to step it up. Doing them twice made me feel incredible and to me showed improvement from the very first week- that I had gained so much that I needed to increase the intensity and make it more challenging.
I also discovered I was willing to make sacrifices of petty things to make sure I got my workout in for the day. If I was invited to lunch, I would ask to meet a half hour later just to make sure I got in either cardio, toning, or both before heading out. I also discovered I actually could make myself do my workout no matter what time of day it was. I believed prior to this challenge that I could talk myself out of a workout if I waited too late in the day to do it. But here it is, 8pm, and I'm finishing up my 40 minutes of cardio and two toning videos. Booyah! I also noticed I'm more conscious of what I'm eating. Whether its a day I'm tracking, a day I'm tracking my fruits/vegetable servings only, or not tracking at all, I'm more aware of what I'm ingesting. I can't say that I'm ready to be tracking my meals regularly, but I think a deeper awareness is a good step in the right direction. I'm more than happy with that.
Tomorrow is the day I will weigh and measure to see my progress. For my future fitness goals, I'm going to do at least 3 days of cardio, 40 minutes (and increasing as I build stamina) and at least 2 days of strength training, on alternating days. If I can fit in more, then by all means I will. At a minimum, though, those are my goals. And of course I will increase the exercise as I build my endurance. My roommate says I should challenge myself to double the 28 days and make my own bootcamp for 56 days. I may consider doing that as well. I also am going to continue to expand my nutrition awareness and what sort of foods I'm eating. I'm going to take it to the next level and go to culinary school AND look into a Registered Dietitian program through the American Dietetics Association. I've been inspired by this program and encouraged for the last year by several close people in my life.
So, I'll edit this on Monday with my measurements to see how I progressed. I'm hoping to see some results. *Crosses fingers!*
Weight: 192.5 (up 1lb from last week! WHY?!?!)
Waist: 45.5" (down from 46")
Hips: 36" (down from 36.75")
Right Thigh: 14.25" (down from 14.25")
Left Arm: 28.25" (down from 28.5")
Monday, May 16, 2011
I finished!!! Hooray for me!!! I'm so glad to have gotten through the 28 days of bootcamp! Here's my recap:
Day 22, Monday- I caught up on the exercises I needed to catch up on in order to still be doing well in the bootcamp. I did my day 6 & 7 workouts (upper body and core), plus the day 1 video, which is the 10 minute cardio, and then 30 minutes on the treadmill. That got me completely caught up. It also helped out with the stress of my granny being in the hospital, my uncle being a mega jerkface (that's the nicest thing I can call him), and impending tests I had for the week. I tracked 5 veggie/fruit servings!
Day 23, Tuesday- I did 40 minutes of cardio- 30 on the treadmill and 10 on the elliptical. Woo! I also doubled up my toning videos for the day. And I didn't track my meals that day, although I don't think I scheduled myself to. I only got in 4 servings of fruit/veg, but I probably ate more than that in actuality.
Day 24, Wednesday- My short workout day thanks to work. It was quite a challenge this day, too. My schedule was switched, so I worked in the morning instead of the afternoon. And then I had a national exam for ServSafe certification in the afternoon, so I didn't get to work out until much, much later in the day. But, I did my 10 minute cardio kickboxing and my doubled up toning videos. It helped relieve the stress of the test because I left it feeling less-than-confident. I also didn't eat terrifically healthy. Thanks to lunch, that my boss bought me, I went over my calories and whatnot. But, I did track all day! I only got 4 servings of fruit/veg in, though. Bummer.
Day 25, Thursday- Doubled up my toning videos, 10 minute elliptical and 30 minute treadmill workout. All week I was switching up what I did first- toning or cardio. Just to keep my body guessing. I had lunch leftovers for a meal this day, but modified it so it was less awful nutrient-wise. I didn't track every meal, but had a decent idea what I ate anyway. I went to dinner with a long-lost friend of mine from back in the day that I randomly ran into at Mission Bay. I had a great time and a super great burger- no mayo- and a Julian's Hard Cider to wash it down. It was a fun time catching up and enjoying a really amazing burger. Perfect day!
Day 26, Friday- I got screwed by that burger. It was delicious and I didn't get food poisoning or anything like that. But, thanks to medical issues, the beef hit my system pretty hard and all the next day I was in physical pain. I had a feeling I would be, but I was unable to do much of anything, so I didn't get to work out. I vowed to make it up to myself. And I only tracked 1 veg/fruit serving and no food. The food issue was no surprise, I was in too much pain to eat a whole lot.
Day 27, Saturday- I fulfilled most of my vow. I didn't get to my cardio, but I did both days of my doubled-up toning videos. I tried to track my food, but I couldn't locate nutrition info for what I ate, so I didn't get to track. And lunch was so filling, it was basically all I ate. I had a few marshmallows, 1 smore... and I think some fruit and toast, aside from lunch. Yup.
Day 28, Sunday- I was so excited today was the last day! I did my toning doubled up after my cardio workout, which was, of course, 10 minutes of elliptical and 30 minutes of treadmill. I had 3 fruit/veg servings today. And boy, oh boy, am I super full! I didn't even snack much between meals. Geez! Like I said, I need a juicer! I wish I had money so I could have rewarded myself with one at the end of this challenge. :-(
I'm ready for the next phase of fitness and health.
Monday, May 09, 2011
I'm in the final stretch!!! Week 4 of the bootcamp!!! I'm so excited to be so close to this goal!
There are a few goals for the week to meet. The first one is to double up the daily toning videos at least 3 times this week. So, do it twice instead of once. I think I'm going to double them up everyday, though. I started feeling at the end of week 2 that I could use a little more challenge with the toning videos, but I waited to see what the bootcamp challenges would hold in the later weeks. So, I think I'm ready for the extra toning. I'm planning on doubling them up all 6 days.
Then, we are to stick with our favorite bonus challenge: either add a different video for variety, track your meals at least 3 times out of the week, or make sure to get 5 servings of fruit/vegetables a day. I'm actually planning on doing a variation of all three. I'm keeping my bonus video for Wednesday since I have work and I need a shorter workout. I'm going to track my meals on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. I'm going to get 5 fruits/veggies in Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday (at the very least). This may involve me sitting down and writing out a meal plan for the week. Which is just fine.
I'm also going to stick with the cardio cross-training for this week. For five days this week (not counting cardio kickboxing day) I will do 30 minutes of one cardio exercise (most likely treadmill) and 10 minutes of another (most likely elliptical). I'm giving me a cardio rest day on Saturday.
The final (real) goal is to set a long-term fitness goal. I'll have to think about this one. I may decide to just continue with doing another bootcamp, or I may stick with 5/6 days of cardio and add in weight training. I want to keep up the momentum I've gained. I know this goal should be personal, but does anyone have any suggestions? What are your own long-term fitness goals?
I also did my daily weigh-in and measurments, so I know where I'm starting the week:
Weight: 191.5 (gained .5lbs)
Waist: 36.75" (gained .5")
Hips: 46" (gained .5")
Right Thigh: 28.5" (no change)
Left Arm: 14.75" (gained .75", but to be honest, I don't know how accurate my original measurement was)
Now I'm going to eat some lunch, digest it for a bit, and get on the treadmill!
Monday, May 09, 2011
This week was definitely a struggle. Not to find motivation necessarily, but to find the time to squeeze in all my exercise and get in 5 servings of fruit and vegetables. And I will confess here and now. I was not always successful. Recap:
The goals for the week were: 1) add 10 minutes to cardio for 5 days or increase intensity. Since I workout at a high intensity to begin with, I opted to add 10 minutes to cardio. 2) Make sure to get 5 servings of fruit & veggies every day. Yikes! 3) Continue doing 1 toning video daily, as per the bootcamp.
Day 15, Monday- This was probably the only day I got in all 5 servings of fruit and vegetables. Its not that I don't like eating them, but honestly, that's a lot for me to eat! I need to find ways to get in those servings that won't feel like I've eaten a mountain of food. I wish I had a juicer. I could just drink half my servings! Someday... Anyway, I did 40 minutes of exercise. The Day 1 video for the bootcamp is cardio, and I also did the treadmill. No problems there, except that I was still tweaking the treadmill programs to find the one that closely resembled the interval training of the old one.
Day 16, Tuesday- I got 4 servings of fruit & veggies in today. Just one short, but I couldn't fit it into my tummy! I tried. I did my Day 2 video with no problems, which was a lower body workout. :-D I like working out my lower body since I'm disproportionately bigger on bottom than on top. It was almost too easy by this point, though. I also did 40 minutes of cardio- 30 minutes on the treadmill and 10 on the elliptical. I'm excited for the cross-training aspect of it. I want to do a 5k (probably walking) in November, so cross-training cardio is perfect to gear up for it.
Day 17, Wednesday- Is my work day, so I only opted for the 10 Minute Cardio Kickboxing workout instead of the treadmill/elliptical combo. Got that done along with my toning video for the upper body. I hope to finally see that "second wave" under my buff biceps go away soon. No woman likes that and for some reason immature jerkface boys always like to flick that fat. Few survived the knuckles to their face when doing it to me... I digress. I also got in only 4 servings of fruits and vegetables this day. I came so close! But, man, trying to get more food in me like that is not gonna happen. Even a simple orange is too much. But, at least I got close.
Day 18, Thursday- I did the worst of all as far as fruits and veggies go. I got in 1 serving. Yeah, just one. I don't even recall what I ate that day (I didn't track my food that day). Pathetic. But, exercise for the day was fun. I went for a walk at Mission Bay. They have markers on the ground measuring the distance for you. I did 2.5 miles walking a 20-minute mile. I'm prone to shin splints, so I didn't push myself too terribly hard. I also had the pleasure of running into a friend of mine whom I've known since the 6th grade. The funny part is, neither one of us are from San Diego. It was just the most outrageous random occurance! We were excited, exchanged phone numbers, and we're having dinner to catch up on Thursday. I came home and did my toning video- core day!
Day 19, Friday- I was having a miserable day. My granny was in the hospital and my mom was flippin' out. I was dealing with my family emergency all day. I managed to get in my toning video for the day, but I didn't get any cardio in. And I only got in 2 servings of fruit & veggies. To be honest, I didn't eat very much all day.
Day 20, Saturday- took a mental health day. See my other blog to learn ALL about it. I didn't exercise at all. Hell, I didn't even get out of bed. I did somehow manage to get in 3 servings of fruit/veg, but that was it. It was a struggle to even do that, as I had literally NO appetite at all. I was so stressed out. I made a resolution to catch up and start fresh on Sunday.
Day 21, Sunday- Well... I did get to do my 40 minutes of cardio. I got my 30 minutes of interval training on the treadmill, now that I've figured out the closest program. And I did 10 minutes on the elliptical. I increased the resistance on the elliptical for a little kick. There was a dude in the gym, and I've seen him there before, who likes to bang the weights at the end of his set on the weight machines. There are signs ALL OVER THE GYM saying not to do it. There were 4 other ladies in the gym, besides me and this dude, on the treadmills and other elliptical. Every time he'd bang the weights, all of us would jump. It would scare the heck outta us each time. And it was starting to be REALLY irritating. So, I had to tell the guy to knock it off. I don't like being "that guy", but I had enough... and I could tell the rest of us did, too. I only got 1 serving in of fruit and vegetables yesterday, which is a little odd. I was still not very hungry, but my friend and I went to a restaurant in North Park for some pozole. I ate about half my pozole, which I loaded up with cilantro, avocado, cabbage, and radishes. And that was all I ate. That half of the soup filled me up the entire day! I'm amazed. And sorta disappointed. And because I was out studying and running errands and going to church, I missed out on catching up on my toning videos. I didn't make it home until almost midnight. I figured that was probably not a good time to do some workouts. So, I'll do those two videos on Monday, which starts week 4.
This is a difficult week to assess success-wise. I mean, I didn't start "screwing up" until the end of the week. I was more successful with exercise than with the fruit/veggie goal. I'm going to call it complete (as soon as I finish the videos) and mostly a success. I don't feel like I need to go back and repeat it to improve it. My circumstances changed at the end of the week and I couldn't adjust. It happens. I can say that I will improve for next week, the final week of the challenge and call it a day.
Sunday, May 08, 2011
Well, it would have been Day 20, I think... maybe 19?, for me on the 28 Day Bootcamp Challenge. And you know what? I just couldn't do it today. I decided I wasn't going to even get out of bed all day long... well, except for some food and using of the facilities. I didn't brush my teeth, I didn't change out of my pajamas, I didn't bother tracking my eating or liquid intake. I just stayed in bed with my computer, t.v., DVD player, and a stack of magazines. I didn't do homework (not that I have much to do, since I'm so far ahead in all my classes) and I didn't do the dishes. I stayed in bed. I needed it.
My beloved grandma, the woman who in conjunction with my mom, helped to raise me, has been in the hospital since Tuesday... or Monday... the details are a little fuzzy. Either way, on Thursday she had "emergency" surgery to remove her gallbladder because she was experiencing pain that was making her violently ill. (Not gonna lie, little jealous she doesn't have to deal with that stupid organ anymore and I still do.) BUT, it turns out the "damage" was a bit more extensive than originally thought and she had stones from her gallbladder all through the ducts/tubes leading to just before her liver. So, the surgery went from routine to complicated. They ended up having to cut her open and remove all the stones. It was pretty invasive and probably fairly risky for a 76-year-old woman. She's been in recovery in the ICU since then. I got to talk to her briefly on the phone the day after the surgery and it SCARED THE LIVING HELL OUTTA ME! She sounded so frail and sick... not at all like the grandma I'm used to talking to. It took every ounce of strength I had to not break down on the phone. My grandma has always been a strong, spry lady. She's perfectly mobile. Her biggest health problems are mild hypertension and arthritis in her hands and hips. She takes pretty good care of herself- eating right, taking her vitamins, getting exercise. For her to sound the way she did was just awful. As soon as I hung up the phone I sat on my bed sobbing and shaking.
That's not the worst part of this whole thing, though. The worst part is my mom. I'm not sure why in my late 20's, after a quarter of my life has already passed, that self-esteem issues have suddenly surfaced in my 50-year-old mom. She suffers from bipolar disorder and anxiety disorder. Lately she's added this sort of persecution complex to the mix. She somehow convinced herself that my grandmother didn't want her at the hospital. Then, when her brother told her to stop being a child and to grow up, and that's why my grandma SUPPOSEDLY didn't want her there, she convinced herself that he was totally 100% correct! This is a man who's opinion she's never respected and has always considered him and his wife selfish people. And to an extent they are. Not to mention, that does not sound like something my grandmother would say to anyone. And my mom hasn't a bit of evidence that she did. She's just taking his word for it for the first time ever.
I don't have a problem with anyone in my family. I think feelings like that are a waste of time. We're put on this planet for only so long- so why waste my time having ill feelings toward people? Especially my family/loved ones? I'm fairly quick to forgive and move on. But, I digress. So, my mom had convinced herself after the first day that my grandma really did want her there at the hospital, so my mom spent most of the day there. She lotioned her feet and gave her some chapstick. Watched out for her when the nurse brought in some crappy and WAY too acidic food for her to eat. After she left and got home is when I called my granny. While I was talking to her is when my uncle texted my mom to tell her to grow up. I'm sitting, shaking and in tears, when my mom texts me and starts to dump ALL OF THIS ON ME! "I'm a 50-year-old child! I won't be going back to the hospital cuz no one wants me there! I'm the worst person ever! I'm a terrible daughter! I've always been a terrible daughter! My mom doesn't love me! I'm the laughing stock of the family! Etc, etc." And everything I said to the contrary she didn't listen to. I may as well have been talking to a brick wall. I was infuriated. This time should be focused on my grandma and getting her healthy and out of the hospital. NOT sibling squabbles and self-esteem crap.
So, that was my afternoon. I had tickets to a Padres game, so I went with my friends. I spent the first half of the game still in tears and completely distracted. I'm the type baseball fan that will scream my lungs out and jump up and down and get super into the game. It took me well into the fourth inning to turn my phone off, push all the bs outta my mind, and get into some fun game time. Padres won by the way, in the 11th inning.
So, today, I get to wake up to the same ol' crap. I'm so stressed out and drained, mentally and emotionally. I had ZERO energy, ZERO appetite, and ZERO motivation to participate in life. I spoke briefly to my mom and told her the stress was making me ill. She said sorry and that I didn't have to talk to her the rest of the day, or the days that follow. Well, it's Mother's Day, so I can't very well not talk to her. But, in light of everything going on, I just couldn't do Day 20. I've made a resolution to catch up tomorrow with my exercises and to keep chugging forward until I complete the challenge. Today, it was just not meant to happen.
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