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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!
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