Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Day two, part one

I woke up this morning and I felt pretty good. My butt and thighs were pretty sore, but I felt like it was a victory soreness. I stretched some more and went on with my day. I wondered what it was going to be like to workout when I was so sore.

I didn't get to find out. Well, not really. The reason this is called "part one" is that camp was canceled today. It was snowing and the wind chill was 26 so the trainer cancelled. We are going to make it up on Friday so technically Wednesday will be day two of boot camp. Don't worry though, I didn't waste the day. I spent an hour on the Wii Fit - I know, not the same as boot camp, but it was activity. (and believe it or not there are some great exercises on there that can make you just as sore as boot camp!)

Just a note on my diet, I am still using Weight Watchers to watch calorie and fat intake. It may not be perfect, but it does work and it gives me a way to keep a handle on what I am eating while allowing for me to splurge once in a while. For now I am not going to eat my extra "activity points" but that may change in the future if I feel I need more energy.

Day One

***Note*** Day one was March 30th but since I decided after the fact to start this blog, it's going to be posted a day late.

Well today was the first day of boot camp. I expected it to be extremely difficult, but there was also this part of my brain that said "well you have been doing Wii Fit for the last week and it wasn't that hard, you should do ok". Yeah this was NO Wii Fit, not even close. I showed up ten minutes early with my yoga mat and 5 lb weights in hand, eager to get in shape. I soon noticed that most of the people there had already attended at least one boot camp, and a couple of them had attended several boot camps. Great. I was hoping there would be at least one person like me that would fall over half way through the hour. But I managed to stay positive...until the trainer said "ok we are starting, run two laps around the parking lot, go go go!"


I naively thought that we would do the typical warm-up, kick butt, cool down thing. Apparently the hour long boot camp doesn't account for this. (note to self: next time come early and warm up on your own!) I am not a runner, and to start off running without a warm up was a bad starting point from me. My lungs were on fire, and my heart was was beating so fast I thought it would burst. When we got back we started stretching, which was a little break to catch my breath.

As soon as I caught my breath it was "run down to the stop sign and back". Ugh! Then it was on to mat work, which included squats, jumping jacks, jumping back and forth like a skier, and more fun with dumbbells. During the mat work my stomach started to cramp up. I am never sure how long I should wait between eating and exercising, so a little over an hour before camp I had an orange. I figured it would give me a sugar and electrolyte boost, plus it would be out of my stomach by bootcamp. I don't know if it was the stress on my body, anxiety, or the orange but I did not feel good. I just kept telling myself that I could get through it.

"Run to the stop sign and back!" That didn't help. Then it was onto lunges, skipping, and running backwards across the parking lot. I really started to feel sick at this point, and not to be gross, but I wasn't sure which end it was going to come out of. I really didn't care if I threw up in front of everyone, but the alternative was not a choice for me. I excused myself to the bathroom. Nothing happened when I got there, I just sat with my head in my hands while the room spun around and around. After what felt like 5 or 10 minutes (but I have no idea how long I was in there) I finally rejoined the group. I felt like a loser for needing a break, but when I got back the trainer came up to me and said "hey it's ok, I had three people puke this morning. it's normal on the first couple days." I said, "thank you but for the record I didn't barf!!"

I continued with the group, joining in on the second set. I did ok in the mat work, but every time we had to run across the parking lot I was definitely holding up the tail end of the group. I didn't care. At least I was trying, and at least my body was moving. At the end of our three reps, we had more running and then ab exercises. We found a new level of pain. At one point I felt like my ab muscles weren't even connected to body anymore because when I tried to move them nothing happened. As I grunted away I started to talk to the people on my left (Jenna was on my right). One of them (the only guy in the group) told me that this was his second boot camp, and on the first day in his first boot camp he couldn't do ANY of the ab exercises or most of the running, so he thought I was doing great. This made me feel a little better. I may be having a lot of trouble now, but it is the first day and it will only get better right?

When I got home I was pretty sore. I have never been sore on the day of exercise before, usually I'm sore the next morning. I got on my Wii Fit and did my daily test, and then did stretching exercises for ten minutes. I knew the more stretching I did, the better I would feel. (My dad's famous advice by the way) I guess I will see in the morning!

I am not brave enough to put my actual weight on here, sad I know. But I will keep track of my BMI(calculated by Wii Fit), total pounds lost, and eventually inches lost(as measured by my trainer).
Starting BMI, week one: 25.63 (in the overweight category)

My fitness story

I have been thinking about starting a blog for some time now, but I wasn't sure if my life was interesting enough. I thought, "what do I have to say?" But as I was on my way home last night I thought "this could be a funny subject."

My Fitness History...

I have never been what you would call an athlete. Sure I went out for sports in junior high and high school but I never really excelled at anything. I am not much of a competitor, in fact I once asked my swim team coach "Is it ok if I just come to practice and skip the meets?" I do like to be active though, I love to go outside and most of my jobs have been physical in nature.

Like the typical teenager, however, that changed when I went to college. I gained the freshman 15, the sophomore 10, and then stayed pretty steady after that. Before college I had been so active that I didn't need to watch what I ate. Now all of the sudden eating whatever I wanted (plus drinking beer every weekend) was starting to catch up with me. Finally in my senior year my friend Emily hooked me up with Weight Watchers and I lost almost 30 lbs. I was back to my old self again, active and somewhat healthy.

This lasted about three years, until 2006. I was working in a laboratory and not getting much exercise, and then I started playing World of Warcraft (an online video game). I quickly became addicted and I suddenly found myself doing little to no activity at all, while sitting at the computer and eating. I ended up gaining about 45 lbs. In January 2008 I realized how unhealthy I was and vowed to get back to my normal self. I went back to Weight Watchers and thought it was going to be easy. Boy was I wrong. I had a really hard time keeping my motivation, and because my metabolism had dropped so much it was much harder to lose weight than when I was 21. I went back and forth from dieting, to eating whatever I wanted, and back again. I had a really hard time getting back on track. I did end up losing about 10-15lbs, but then I would yo-yo up and down 5 pounds. I spent the rest of the year yo-yoing up and down. Finally in Dec 08 I realized, if I want to be healthy and if I want to look good in my wedding dress, I am running out of time! I went back to Weight Watchers and over the last few months I have got my overeating mostly back in control. The problem now is exercise. I hate exercising. I like to go outside and walk, and I like to work, but I hate working out and lifting weights and running.

I went to the salon a couple weeks ago to get my hair done and one of the beauticians was talking about her "fitness boot camp" and how much she loves it. Last summer I considered going to boot camp but couldn't find a session that fit my schedule. I thought I would check it out again so I went to www.omahabootcamp.com. I saw that there was a session that started March 30th, and the time fit my schedule. I saw this as a sign. I moved some money around to pay for it, and then all I needed was someone to do it with. I knew that if I signed up on my own I would end up quitting. I am pretty honest with myself, and I know that is what would have happened. I sent a few people text messages to see who was interested, and my friend Jenna said it sounded awesome. So it was all set! I was pretty apprehensive but after I signed up and paid the money I knew it would be worth it. There was no quitting this time, my time and money were locked in, and I had someone to go with. Now all I had to do was show up...