What have I been up to lately? A whole lotta nuthin'. Working hard, dealing with the stresses of life and figuring out what I want to do next. But health wise? Nothing, really.
I started playing with our new speed bag a few weeks ago. I can keep it going pretty well now. My husband gets jealous and competitive with me on it. It frustrates him to no end that I can keep the bag going faster for longer than he can. He just doesn't have the timing worked out for it yet. He'll get it soon. Eventually I'll work up to hitting and kicking the heavy bag. I avoid the heck out of our punching bags when it's hot outside. The stand is on our back patio, which is in full sun without a hint of a breeze. In 10 minutes I'm completely sunburned even with sunscreen.
A couple of weeks ago I re-started C25K. My husband has been doing it with me. We haven't been doing it consistently though. I think we all know how easy it is to let something that takes this much effort fall by the wayside when you're already tired from working a 12 hour day. Add in the summer heat on top of that, and you've got a recipe for quitting.
With that said, we did do C25K last night. It sucked at first. He was tired from his 13 hour day. I was tired from my 12 hour day. But I reminded him that he could spend 2 hours on the treadmill watching tv or 30 minutes with C25K followed by couch snuggling and burn about the same amount of calories. It was hard, but we did it.
Part of the reason it was so hard is that we had our first day of swimming lessons through the city's recreation department on Monday. It's been years since I swam more than a lap. He claims he never knew how to swim, but I distinctly remember him swimming a mile right next to me for our final in our college swimming class. Oh well - maybe he forgot how. I know that I've forgotten everything except freestyle.
They put me in the advanced class and him in the beginners. We were on two opposite ends of the pool. I had a bunch of obnoxious teenagers in my group. His class was mostly middle aged people who had barely learned how to float. Funnily enough his coach was in our swim class in college! So, I ended up swimming 14 laps. On that pool 88 laps is a mile. I was soooo tired by the end of it. I can tell that I'm far away from where I was in college.
Then today I swam 14 laps again. My coach was worried about me - I wasn't recovering quickly enough for her. I told her that I wasn't going to pass out or anything. I was just really out of shape and trying to keep up with kids half my age. She laughed and had me promise to stop and lay on my back if I started to get light headed.
And tomorrow we start CrossFit through the our city's recreation department. I'm not sure what to expect with it, but my husband was super excited to try it out. I hope I don't hurt myself.
Mid July we'll be starting tai chi on Sundays. There are also various full moon and history hikes thrown in too. I'm planning on heading back to my gym for some weight lifting in a few weeks - I just want to see where I am with all of this new activity before trying to fit in 6am gym visits.
This is going to be a busy summer. If we stick with it and eat appropriately, we should both see some results, right?
If we like all of this extra activity and can find stuff that fits in with our schedule, we'll look at the fall recreation schedule soon!