Thursday, June 23, 2011
I am so glad I found Bootcamp. I have never liked exercising, but over the past few weeks I have been sick off and on, and I actually MISS going to bootcamp if I don't feel well enough. I can't wait until I completely kick this bug so I can start getting there every day again.
The biggest changes I feel:
Three months ago, I could hardly walk up a flight of stairs without a death grip on the handrail and ragged breathing at the top. Now I can walk up the stairs carrying a moderate load and find myself breathing normally at the top. It takes several flights of stairs at a pretty good pace to get me winded now. I thank stairs, bleachers, and hills at the park for improving my climbing stamina.
On day one in April, I was able to run about 50 feet before I thought my lungs would explode. Now I am still the back of the pack, but I can jog at least half way around the warmup path at the park before I slow down, and can resume jogging sooner. Hopefully I will be able to jog the whole distance by the end of summer. I had some problems with shin splints which slowed down my running progress, but better running shoes and rest while I was sick seem to have given me the opportunity to heal, so I am noticing a difference every day again. Hopefully at the next 5k fitness test day, I will finish the 5k in under an hour.
On day one in April, I could not do a single triceps dip. On Monday, I must have done at least 140 (sets of 20 in each picnic area, I think I managed 7, maybe 8 stations) I can almost do 20 without stopping, but by the last area, I had to pause more than once. There are many other exercises I can do that I wasn't able to do 2 months ago.
The best change however is that I can almost walk out of my pants. I had lost almost 20 pounds before boot camp, but hadn't noticed a significant change in my clothing. After the first 8 weeks of boot camp, I have lost several inches in my hips and waist, even without a massive amount of pounds lost. I must be gaining muscle to have lost so many inches with only an 8-10 pound loss.
It's exciting to finally see and feel so many changes. I never feel this different when I start my plan with food changes. I am making better choices, but not letting the food control my plan. I am focusing on the exercise, and the food will follow after exercise has become a lifetime habit.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
I feel like I am always starting over, and over, and over and never make any progress. I am trying to come to terms with my depression, and realized that I need to make bigger changes in my life in order to be happy. So a few months ago, I decided to go back to school. I think that having real goals in my life that have nothing to do with my weight may help me to stick to the goals that are weight related. I have gotten too complacent (and bored) in my life, so it's time to move it forward. 2 years from now I will be finishing my bachelors degree and be doing my student teaching. I am not giving up on myself! By the time my youngest is in middle school, I will be ready to take on a classroom of my own. It'll seem strange to be starting a career at 40 surrounded by younger teachers with more experience, but I am glad I stayed home and raised my kids. Now it's time for me to grow up too...
I am glad the nice weather is here, and look forward to getting outside and taking some walks. I might even have a chance to find some of the hiking trails nearby. We just fixed up my husband and daughter's bikes, and I will get one for myself so we can go for family bike rides. I think I can finally get my husband on track, which will help immensly. I know it will take time, but I really think I might be ready this time.
On your mark, get set, GO!!!
Monday, June 15, 2009
It's been a really long year and I didn't make much progress. We have decided to make this a family effort and we joined the YMCA. In the last 2 weeks I have probably burned more calories than in the last 4 months...
I am realizing how badly out of shape I have become, and it feels good to finally be doing something about it, and I am glad that my husband and daughter are also working to become more fit. With more support from them, I think I will be able to keep going.
Thursday, June 05, 2008
Why is it so hard to plan my day and stick to it? I've been sick and it seems that I can't get anything done. I start out each day with a plan, but everything I do seems to be taking longer than it should.
I did figure out one thing. My husband was mentioning how it seems to be taking so long for me to do the shopping and wanted to know why. I realized that since I started reading labels, it's taking almost twice as long to shop. I guess that will go away once I know which brands & items work for me, but for right now it is a major pain. Especially since I am also fighting against a too-small grocery budget, so I have to cut something somewhere.
I also think that I am setting my goals too high for my workouts, and then when time falls short I end up not doing anything at all. So I am going to schedule things in 15 and 30 minute bursts, so at the very least I'll get in 15 minutes.
Now I have to go finish the laundry, make dinner, clean the kitchen floor and declutter a bookshelf, not to mention still needing to exercise today and it's already 4pm. Taking a 2 hour nap today didn't help matters any, although I do feel better now.
I just want to not be sick and to be able to do all the things I think I should be able to do in a day.
On a very positive note. For my reward for losing 20lbs I got my hair done. I'd never had it professionally colored before, I just use the stuff from Walmart. I have neat 3-color streaks and a cut that is a very flattering length, much shorter than I usually do. I think the cut makes my face look thinner. I'm having good hair days. Even when the wind was blowing it all over yesterday, it still looked like I had intentionally done my hair that way (all messy) and it looked great! I love it! I'll put up a pic soon.
OK, after reminding myself of the positive, I am feeling a little better.
Monday, June 02, 2008
After being sick and having miserable allergies for weeks, I am re-focusing on my goals. I am starting a new challenge today, so I am going to put my attention to tracking my food and exercise DAILY. I haven't been making the time for my tracking or for as much exercise as I have intended to do. I have to get back on track because I don't want to hit a plateau. I can and will pick up my momentum and get moving again. I've set myself an aggressive goal to lose an average of 2.5lbs per week. I'd like to lose another 20 lbs by my birthday at the end of July. My daughter gets out of school with me and I will have her exercising with me all summer. It'll be fun. Next week I am starting water aerobics at least twice a week. I can't wait. I'm glad that summer is here and the pools are open. That will help with my motivation to exercise because I love the water.
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