Friday, May 09, 2008
I really feel the need to just get outside and lose the weight and connect with nature again. My newest projects will be to work in my yard and make my backyard my haven to relax in .
It's time to roll up the sleeves and get out the gardening tools and gloves and just get to work on my new fitness plan...gardening. There is alot of work to be done out there so I know it will be a chore but I'm taking it just like I did my weight loss...a little bit at a time. I will just plan to spend a minimum of an hour a day out there for the first part. I will add more work on the weekends.
I also want to work some nature into my art endeavors that relax me and make me happy. I think the combination will do wonders for me. So, here's to the weekend and a good body workout.
I also started Zumba classes this week and I'm still able to get out of bed!
Thursday, April 17, 2008
I burned off a couple of calories with this workout today.
5 minutes of stretching all muscles
Then 9 sets of all of these exercises as directed by the coach.
Running back and forth up and down the gym for a few minutes until he blew his whistle. Then, we would drop and do 10 crunches with knees up at 90 degree angle and elbows to knees. Then we would get up again and run until he blew the whistle and do the crunches...we did that 3 times...then ran and did push ups and reverse push ups and then running and jumping over obstacles. then running down a narrow set of step aerobic steps set up end to end. the we did all that 3 times again. Oh and we had to run and jump over obstacles with both feet together. The we ran more and had to stop when he blew the whistle and do 10 jumping jacks...then run and so on. After that, we had to all kinds of stuff that I can't even explain. It was an hour of intense workout that left me exhausted!
I felt so good...after it was over. His workouts are always intense no matter what they are. That's why I take his class. He is the toughest instructor in that dept. I'm lucky to work where I can take classes like that. He pushes me. I do not push me. And, I have not died, although, I have secretly prayed for it in the midst of the workouts! Just kidding.
My favorite part of the whole class is shower time. Today, I am proud of myself because after that class, there was a party going on in the cafeteria for faculty and staff. They were giving away free food...hamburgers. One of my favorite foods is hamburgers. Everyone kept telling me to go get some food. I told them all that I had just finished boot camp and there was no way I was going to waste those calories burned on junk food.
I'm saving my calories for wine this weekend. That's my treat.
I'm learning to make choices and to really think about what is important to me now as far as my health and lifestyle are concerned. That class ends in May. I will miss it but he is teaching summer classes for 2 hours a day....4 days a week. After two semesters of his weight training and conditioning, I will not be taking summer classes. LOL
Tomorrow, it will be hard to get out of bed! I will probably have to log-roll out of it. I hope the dog will catch me and soften the blow.
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