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.