Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Boot Camp Beginnings!

**This is a long, brain-dump type of post**
Last night I headed to the gym after work for the first day of Beach Body Boot Camp!! It is a six week program I am participating in with hopes of stepping up my game in both weight-loss and body transformation.
How cute is the decor in our Group Fitness room? Beach Balls and Flip Flops!
The first session was very introductory. We were weighed-in (which yes, made me angry), took our "before" pictures, talked all about what we would be doing, set goals, and received our food and exercise journals. I am keeping track of EVERYTHING I eat and drink for the next 6 weeks. It has already helped me make good decisions! Since I know they will be checking our food journals every week (and there is a prize for the best kept journal), I don't want to write things down like "1 cupcake - 300 calories" or "Starbucks Frappucino - 250 calories." Last night after boot camp, I REALLY wanted a mocha Frappucino light (which is only 180 calories), but didn't want my super fit boot camp instructor to see it when she reviews my journal on Saturday...so I drove right by!

I have given myself 1200 calories a day, which is about right for me since I'm not very overweight in the first place (it's tough for me to lose since I don't have much to go). It may not sound like a lot, but honestly since I'm eating lower calorie foods in the first place, I'm not depriving myself of food at all. 

Back to Boot Camp. 
Although we mostly talked during this first session, we did do a push-up competition. Now, back in high school I was the queen of push ups. I mean full man-style, perfect form push-ups! I could do about 20 in a row and was very proud of it! It may not be tons, but for a girl who didn't really work out, I thought it was pretty impressive. Since then I have lost muscle and can only do about 5. Diana, our instructor, told us we would be doing bent-knee push ups (or girly push-ups) this time, but at week 5 we would be having another competition and it would be regular style push-ups. I sized up my competition and felt pretty confident I could win. 

Before starting, she made it VERY clear to NOT peel yourself off the floor like a snake, and rather to push straight up with your arms. She had us go all the way down, touch our chest to the floor, release our hands, then push back up. Once we started, I realized she wasn't having us compete for who can necessarily do the most, but who can do them the longest. I didn't pace myself very well and the women around me were going very slowly. One by one they dropped out and I was 1 of 4 left. I REALLY wanted to win and kept PERFECT form the entire time because I didn't want to get called out for "peeling" up. I pushed up one more time and got about halfway up when I PHYSICALLY could not do it anymore. I tried so hard, but my muscles wouldn't listen. So I stopped and looked at the 3 remaining ladies. AND THEY WERE ALL PEELING THEMSELVES OFF THE FLOOR!!!! The other girl was pushing herself up then literally falling back to the floor, which is totally not the point of a push-up. Oooo! I was so mad! I didn't say anything, but I did feel a little better when a girl who was out early on pointed to me and said "she was the only one doing them right!" -- Yes...yes I was. 

So let's just say that week 5? GAME ON!!!! I have my secret weapon...the 100 push-up challenge! This program helps you work up to being able to do 100 push ups! I haven't completed it, but last time I tried I got back up to about 17 at once. By week 5, I should be able to do 25. 

After Boot Camp, I went out and ran my week 5, run 1 of the Couch to 5k program. I wanted to get some cardio in, since all we did at the gym were the push ups and some stretching. It went great, but I definitely need a bigger area to run in so I'm not just running back and forth in my neighborhood 4 times. 

I feel motivated today and ready to tackle the world! Do you?! STAY MOTIVATED, FRIENDS!!

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1 comment:

  1. That's my girl! You have your daddy's competitive streak! Super proud. I love that we are at the same stage of our couch to 5K. It keeps getting longer and harder!! DANG IT.

    OH.. don't forget to tell everyone.. this couch to 5K has seriously HELPED the cellulite! Your father has noticed!