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The Y Challenge

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Yesterday was my first day of the Y Challenge. It is the YMCA's version of the Biggest Loser. They divide you into teams and you get 8 semi-private personal training sessions and then compete to see which team and which individual has the greatest % weight loss. My goal is to lose8 pounds, get back into shape, tone my muscles, or get pregnant (not in the class - LOL) and drop out. Usually I would never even consider dropping out of something I have started, but I think that would be a good reason to quit. Even if I don't get pregnant within the next two months I hope that by keeping myself involved in this challenge will improve my health both physically and mentally and keep my mind of other things.

Last night was great! My trainer is one of my close friends and she has always been a huge inspiration to me. She is a fellow red head, we went to high school together, we found out we were pregnant on the same day and shared each stage of our pregnancy together. Even though our lives as mothers took different paths, we really enjoyed sharing each step of our pregnancies and baby showers. She is a huge inspiration because 10 months after having her son she is in even BETTER shape than she was before she became pregnant. And she was in amazing shape before too. But now she looks amazing! It's proof that maybe one day,with her help, I may get back to my very first pre-pregnancy shape and weight. That's about 30 lbs away. Definitely achievable, I just need to find the motivation to stick with it.

Yesterday was a great first day! I was nervous because my asthma has been horrible lately and I didn't think I would do much. I planned on lifting light weights, but avoiding all cardio. However, when I got there I quickly realized that exercise was helping my asthma. I could almost feel my lungs relaxing, like they had just had a massage. I was breathing better than I had in weeks! I couldn't believe it. Though I still was safe and didn't push myself to my usual level I was still able to do stair runs and jog around the track. The funny thing is I was out running and out-lifting the other girls in my group. They refused to do stairs and were complaining the entire time, but I kept going! I'm determined to make the most of these classes and put forward 100% of my personal best, keeping in mind that 100% may mean something on different days depending on my health. I know that I worked to yesterday's personal best and I"m really proud of that. My legs are still killing me! I love that feeling!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
KATYMARIA 10/24/2011 11:12AM

    Good luck!

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NIKKIV2 10/22/2011 10:32PM

    So proud of you for staying strong while everyone else complained! You will achieve your goals! Keep up the hard work and know you have so many here rooting for you too!

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KAWREN 10/22/2011 7:50AM

    Awesome team spirit GO for get 'em

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MUSIC66 10/22/2011 5:45AM

    sound like you had fun.

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GEMINISUE 10/21/2011 7:37AM

    sounds like you had a great time! Enjoy the results! Hugs Linda WL

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SURLYGIRL 10/20/2011 10:53PM

    This challenge sounds like just what you need. You sound so positive and motivated and happy - I Love that ! It's great to see you excited about this and having something to look forward to. You go for it Jenna ! emoticon emoticon

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MOMTO2TOO 10/20/2011 10:07PM

    Good for you! This challenge sounds like fun!

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KIMI_SILVA 10/20/2011 8:36PM

    Good for you! I am so proud of you and the personal best accomplishment you were able to achieve. Isn't that a great feeling? I know you are going to rock this challenge, and I will not be surprised in the least if you win the gold at the end of the challenge - and at the rate you're going it will be because of you that your team wins! Keep up the awesome work!!

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EVER-EVOLVING 10/20/2011 8:30PM

    I am so happy you had such a great experience! You go, girl! Keep up the good work!

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TUFFYBIRD 10/20/2011 8:05PM

    OK ... SP is being very weird - again - so if this posts more than once, I didn't do it on purpose.

Isn't it cool when you realize that, not only are you not the worst in comparison with your cohorts, but that overall you're pretty darned good. You go Jenna emoticon

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