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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

If you really can't succeed without failing, I see a lot of success in my future.

So here's what happened. It's Tuesday. That means bootcamp. Yes, the dreaded bootcamp. For those of you who don't know, bootcamp is an hour of torture. That's the best way to describe it. You pretzel your body in ways you never knew you could, you do cardio like a professional athlete and you swing around 10lb. jump ropes and 15lb. kettle bells, well, because you can. Did I mention you do this willingly for fun?

My job offers it every Tuesday for FREEEEEE. How can you pass up free exercise with a licensed personal trainer? I don't know how but I'm starting to think any sane person should. Every time I go, I struggle. All the core group has been going for three years so I'm like the lame sober person who shows up three hours into the party of the century. I spend most of my time trying to keep up and not feel like a total jackass. But when it's over, I'm still standing every single time.

Then we arrive at today. I knew I was in trouble when I walked upstairs to our exercise space and my legs felt like lead three stairs in. Uh oh. So we start warming up. Walk and walk and walk and...oh I need a break. Everyone keeps walking past me. Now time to run stairs. Are you f'in kidding me? I'm about to pass out. Now walk all the way to that door doing lunges. Yeah. Ok. here I go. Maybe not. My knees don't want to do that today. Hey everybody, look at me. I'm about to barf.

Trainer: O.K. You're done. I can't let you work out looking and feeling like this. You can walk for 15 minutes but you need to get some rest.

But. But. But...I walk for 15 minutes then slink away in shame. Now I'm sitting here wondering WHAT. THE. HELL. HAPPENED???!!!!

We certainly didn't do anything worse than normal. I just felt off. I seriously felt like I could barely move my body. I've eaten fairly well for the past week so that's not it.

Here's what it could be.
1. I went to the gym really late last night because I worked until 10:30. Didn't get home until about 12:30 a.m.
2. I worked out really hard at the gym. I've been pushing myself to increase the intensity of my cardio by adding five minutes of steps.
3. I couldn't fall asleep last night. It was almost 3:45 a.m. Stupid insomnia.
4. I wasn't too excited about boot camp. Maybe I sabotaged myself with a bad attitude.
5. Am I working my body too hard? I've been thinking five days of hard cardio is too much for the shape I'm in. Should I go to four days? (Been doing it for six months now)
6. Maybe I'm too old for bootcamp.
7. I've had a rough couple of days emotionally. Could this affect me physically?
8. The last couple of times I've worked out at the gym, I've felt nauseous. Maybe there is something else going on with me.

I'm at a loss here. Should I quit? What should I do differently? Should I have sat when I knew I was feeling physically rundown? I just don't want to make excuses for myself so I push maybe when I should not. I would appreciate any opinions or input.
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    It sounds like you are working too hard :) I woud definitely avoid a late-night wokout the night before: in fact, I'd almost take Monday as a rest-ish day (think walking, skating, something fun but low-energy), because bootcamp is ALWAYS a heavy workout. You should also make sure you're doing strength training too (obviously, bootcamp counts for that too :) ).

    Take it slow! If you feel like you're going to barf, you're pushing too hard!
    2238 days ago
    I was doing 5 days of cardio and could not keep it up! I backed off I do 2 days of cardio, 2 yoga classes a week ( i guess that is 4 days of cardio then) and I strength train 3 days a week.

    5 days is a lot and if you are strength training on top of that it is a f'ing lot!! You need rest days or you will burn out! DO NOT GIVE UP OR QUIT, that is not the answer! Working out late at night did not work for me either. I figured it would tire me out and I would sleep like a baby. Wrong it wakes you up, your endorphins are awake and falling asleep will not happen! You just need to tweak your routine. If you work late but know tomorrow is boot camp then skip the late night gym session and get your mind and body ready for boot camp! emoticon I know you can!
    2239 days ago
    Hey sweets.. I can't sleep if i work out late, just doesn;t happen for me. I think you should have a rest day with relaxation the day before boot camp. pamper yourself, read a nice book and sleep if you can

    Then you'll be well rested for your boot camp and you will rock it!

    At most I do cardio 4 times a week... 5 would kill me!!! And you know I like cardio.

    2241 days ago
    Honestly, I think it several of those factors that you mentioned. I definitely don't think you should give up though. If you're feeling exhausted after you workout then I think maybe cutting back one day wouldn't hurt. I was working out a lot too but have just been feeling exhausted so I cut back my exercising just a little bit, 15 minutes every day and I'm feeling a lot less tired now. I'd say give the boot camp another try and see what happens. The trainer was wise to notice that you had had enough and stop you. If you don't think you'll like it though you probably won't. However, if you think you might give it another go but be patient with yourself. You CAN DO it if you really want to though. I exercise 6 days a week but one of those days is a lighter exercise day than the others. When it comes right down to it you need to listen to your body and the way you are feeling and go from there. emoticon
    2243 days ago
    Oh...I think your' over doing it a bit....your body needs time to recover and staying up too late isn't good. Your body needs to rest so that it can heal itself.

    Any your not too old for anything....your just tired. Get a good night sleep....and tomorrow is another day.

    I have a friend...she's pretty obese...she blogs about it...and other things like being broke and having two kids and a disabled husband...who is so very fortunate to be alive today...She is working on her journey to lose weight...roughly about 300 pounds..seriously. Last year she decided to take a spin class...OMG, I chuckle remember her post on this (go to google blogs and search sweet sassyfats...she's a technical writer and her blog is pretty witty....) Anyway, she thought she was going to pass out. Same kind of story as yours. She did as much of the class as she could...even the instructor tried to get her to not take the class....and she said, no...I'm going to try it. I believe she held our for 10-20 minutes....anyway....she'd walk into that spin class and each time, she was able to do more until one day she was able to do the whole class. It didn't happen over night...but it happened.

    you should really check out her blog. She's really an inspiration. So is her hubby....I went to school with them and we all hung 25 years ago... emoticon and we're still friends....
    2244 days ago
    Sometimes you may need more time to recover. You are still a rookie,even six months. You are asking your body to do something it is not used to doing. Don't push too hard,you will get discouraged and quit and that would not be good. You are not too old. Remember the dude with the oxygen? Hmmmmm.
    You do need sleep however,to relax and rest the body. And yes,if your mindset is not right,you will be going through the motions and not benefit from the workout.
    Remember,you are not in a contest and the fitness police are not going to arrest you because you can't keep up with the class.
    I do two days working out and one off. If I am too sore ,guess what? I take two. I am sore today,but looking forward to rest and getting back to it. If I can't finish tomorrow it gives me something to strive for later.
    Banish those inner demons who says "you can't" That's what they want you to think. I apologize for this but,"YOUR EX IS THINKING THAT YOU CAN'T. DON'T GIVE HIM THE SATISFACTION OF SEEING YOU BE A QUITTER. YOU ARE TOUGHER THAN THAT. "
    So....Laneygirl,rest,get your mindset right,forget outside things when you are at the gym,emotional problems take a back seat that day. Let's do this.Because you can and will.

    2245 days ago
    I agree with MSMOSTIMPROVED, give yourself a break once in a while! It's great that your work offers a free boot camp, that style of workout is my favorite! I sign up for groupons all the time for them, last month I had a schedule with Monday-Thursday of boot camps and you know what? That was too much for my body. I had to start listening to it and only go three times a week. So listen to your body, get in good active rest and don't give up on the boot camps! Also, don't compare yourself to people who have been there three years, that's silly! Think about the progress you have made in two months and then multiply that, they just have a head start but you'll get there.
    2245 days ago
    The lead feet were an indication you may be over-training. Also, the insomnia was probably caused by the late work-out. People don't believe it but, exercise really gets your body energized. Trying to workout with a tired and over-worked body was a recipe for disaster. Don't quit bootcamp-- you really will get better. In a couple of months and be amazed you can do 3 push ups instead of none, I sure did! Last but not least, bootcamp is extremely stressful on the body. Use should try "active recovery" on Monday with light cardio or yoga.

    Stick with it and I'm sure you will be glad you did!
    2245 days ago
    You're not too old. You're not lazy. Some days are just like this. Whether it's the lack of sleep, hard cardio, or dealing with emotional stuff, some days our bodies say "not today". We just need to learn to listen!
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  • CANNIE50
    Oh, honey, too old? No, you are not too old. I am 53 and I do boot camp but because I am 53, I do my best and don't really compare myself to others (a nice side effect of being older). Because you asked, I will tell you it sounds like a combination of over-training (you don't need to be a professional athlete to over-train) and good old fatigue. Plus, this is a tough time of year with viruses around every corner. So, get some rest, doll. I figure you must have really looked fatigued for a boot camp instructor to tell you to stop (good for that trainer, by the way - that was professional). So, if we get a vote, I vote you don't quit but pace yourself and really, truly, focus on rest because no one gets stronger without proper rest. Take care!!
    2246 days ago
    Listen to your body - don't do back to back (or late night/no sleep/ hard workouts). emoticon
    2246 days ago
    You're not too old, don't make me laugh! ;-) As already mentioned, a hard workout late the night before, and then a lack of sleep can really do it. I think 4 days of serious cardio is better than 5 days and ending up half assing it due to being tired. You could try some walking or something else easy on the fifth day if you still want to do something. GIve your body the time it needs to recover - rest periods are when we really build fitness anyway, so try not to feel guilty about those rest days. When it starts feeling easy, you can add more back in.

    2246 days ago
    Don't quit.....we all have our off days, who knows what combination of things contributed to it.

    What's important for our health is persistence and consistency in our chosen form of exercise. Forget about what those 3 year veterans are doing, you're goal is to get better and improve steadily over time....regardless of a set back or 2. The trainer probably did a good thing by noticing you and adjusting your work load....that's what they are paid to do!

    Old Japanese saying, "Fall down 7 times, get up 8!"

    Good luck and keep at it!
    2246 days ago
  • PURPLE180
    You have had a lot going on lately so I think it may be #6. I have those days to when I just feel a little off. here lately I have been having really bad dizzy spells, especially when I get up after sitting or laying down. Listen to your body, you may need a little more rest. You are a super trooper, I wouldn't advice you to give up just take it easy for the next few days and give your body and mind time to re-coop.
    2246 days ago
  • JUSTME29
    A lack of sleep and a tough workout last night may be the answer here. I know when I was doing Zumba regularly some classes flew by (even though I looked like a dying fish) and other weeks the same routine had me feeling like I was encased in concrete.
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