I wasn't as sore as I expected to be from the first day I worked with my kettlebell (day before yesterday), so I decided today was a good day to do a bit more.
I've been scouring the web for info and videos to help me train, and I ran across a group of women who call themselves "Girls Gone Strong". Here's a link to their Facebook page where you can read a little about them as a group and individuals:
Today I used a beginner's workout from one of the Girls Gone Strong women named Marianne, who happens to be Irish. I like her accent, and I find her demeanor pleasant and not at all annoying. Her personal site is great--she's got a section just for beginners with all sorts of helpful videos and posts for both kettlebell workouts and bodyweight workouts (no equipment necessary). Here's a link to her site:
I watched the video through once and thought "there is no way I'm going to be able to complete that once, let alone twice or three times". But I DID! I didn't think I'd be able to press my 12kg kettlebell overhead either, but I sure did it. It was pretty difficult, but I did it. I felt pretty proud of myself. I did the workout called "Train Along With Me--Beginner" and worked through it twice before my shoulders were totally fatigued. It's a good one, and I'll be using it again this coming week.
Besides that, eating paleo is still going very well....no problems so far. I feel great! I do need to look around for healthy grain-free higher carb veggies I can serve with dinner for my son who is super athletic (he's a ballet dancer), and for my husband who is not at all athletic, but will complain and be a misery without a bit of carby goodness. So far they've both been getting sweet potatoes and/or butternut squash with a bit of coconut oil and cinnamon, which has been a hit. I make a cold sweet potato salad with ginger that is also very nice. But I should really find some other stuff, as this will get old quickly, I'm sure. I could eat sweet potatoes every night and be pleased as punch, but I don't expect everyone else to.
My husband says he can already see a difference in my body. I can't see much difference yet, but I feel great. Mr. Kitty is a bit too concerned with my strength training. I believe he thinks I'm going to end up looking like a steroid enhanced female bodybuilder, which is ridiculous. I asked him this morning why I would be loveable and sexy as a fat, unhealthy, and unhappy woman but not as a fit, muscular, happy woman? He didn't really have an answer for that!
I used to hear this same sort of "concern" from guys all the time when I would talk with them about lifting weights. "Just do it for toning" (LOL) "Just use the machines" (???) "Just do light weights" (again, LOL), "Don't get TOO strong!" (umm..say what?). I would just sort of laugh and advise them to not come to the gym and watch me lift then, because it would surely upset them.
Of course, these same guys sure liked the effects lifting those big heavy weights had on my legs and booty! And my shoulders and back looked pretty hot, too. I would not have looked that way had I been lifting in the way they thought was acceptable for females to lift.
So Mr. Kitty had better just avert his eyes while I swing my kettlebell and do my heavy lifts with free weights....he'll appreciate the results, I promise.