Tuesday, April 02, 2013
It’s time to eat my words. Ever since I started trying to make it out to the two boot camps that were offered at my gym (Monday and Wednesday evenings), I've been saying that I would really love it if there were three offered. Three was a magic number in my head that would equal more weight loss and build more muscle. It makes sense, having five days off of just intermittent cardio was indeed probably stunting my muscle growth (now, I know that I could strength train on my own one or two extra days and I did try this with varying degrees of success, but I found it VERY difficult to motivate myself to do this).
Well, at an event sponsored by my local running store, I won a free four week session at a boot camp class called “Mountain Girl Fitness”. The class meets three days a week (MWF) at 6:15am at a dance studio between my home and work. I started yesterday and was impressed by the individual attention and small class size (there’s maybe 8-10 of us and two trainers). The trainers are really nice and the class is just the right amount of challenging for that early in the morning. Luckily I work out of my boss's home, so I can shower there after the class. The store was all out of five pound weights when I went shopping so I have 8s, a very challenging but still do-able weight for the exercises they had us do yesterday. I feel a little bad because I haven’t been to the Monday night class at my gym for over a month and now it will likely be another month before I attend again (unless I really want to go to two boot camps in one day…) but this new class normally costs $200/month! Unfortunately, this also means that no matter how much I like it, I won’t be attending a second session. So, I better give it my all while I can!
My beach vacation is in 22 days! And the 5% challenge is over in 18. I’m still mildly hopeful that I can achieve my goal, but that means losing 4 pounds in three weeks. I’m actually impressed by the four pounds in 5 weeks that I've done so far, so this will be a super challenge! Even more of a challenge when there’s all sorts of social things going on in the meantime. But I’m trying SO hard to stay focused. Last night, we went out to Mongolian BBQ for a relative’s birthday and I made a bowl mostly of chicken, vegetables, and a small amount of noodles and split her birthday dessert between three people, total calories over range was only 100 and with the boot camp in the morning, I was still deficient by about 450 cals. I’m hoping to call this my “worst” day in April. I’m trying to plan ahead to avoid missing workouts, for instance, a friend’s birthday is Thursday and we’re going to a concert, so I plan on running three miles in the morning before work.
- Lose 4 pounds
- Stay in range for calories 6 days/wk
- Have a calorie deficiency every single day (this means working out on the days I indulge)
- Work out six days a week
- No using drive-thrus and limiting eating out in general (if I eat out, there’s a social occasion, not just too last too cook)
One more note: On Easter Sunday, I had given myself permission to cheat and not worry about a workout (I hosted Easter brunch at my house for my whole family, surely that was enough running around!) but, everyone had left by about 3pm and the weather was insanely beautiful, so I thought I should go for a run. But after all that delicious food and sweets, I wasn't feeling up for running. I debated with myself, put on my clothes and continued to dally instead of going out. I really physically could not get excited about running. And then, like magic, I saw my bike in the garage. Riding my bike is a workout that doesn't jostle the tummy quite as much running and is a different pace. Perfect! I rode 12 miles in 1hr13min and loved it. Don’t let yourself get into a rut with exercising! If you really aren't feeling your “normal” workout, do something else, just move!