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Feeling the Difference

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.
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    So happy for you. Love reading your progress with bootcamp. Getting fit makes you powerful is sooooo many different ways! emoticon
    2552 days ago
    It's so exciting to know that you are progressing, even if the scale doesn't always support that. I always have to remind myself that I am improving in small ways every day.

    It doesn't get easier, we just get better!!
    2552 days ago
    Sounds like you have your routine together and it is working for you.

    Sometimes you won't see the weight change but in the inches and in your clothes. So that is the part to get excited about.

    Keep focused and build your confidence and have tons of fun...

    That is awesome you have been able to do things you haven't done in awhile... It breaks you free...

    Keep up the good work and treat yourself to something fun.

    2553 days ago
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