Man – the tiny lady trainer killed us today.
If you follow me on Twitter, you may have seen this about 5pm:
These great ladies helped me remember WHY I AM GOING TO BOOTCAMP- to be less tired all the time!
I got my butt out of bed and went.
I was feeling stuffy and congested all day.
I got my butt out of bed and went.
And I enjoy it.
I have lots of “workout friends” that look for me at class.
I love that.
We did a lot of leg and ab work today. A Lot.
My stomach muscles are really sore tonight.
What did you do active today?
I forgot to post on Saturday but 9am class was great- not too early, not to late. I got my (hard!) workout in, and I was done. I spent the rest of the day getting some things done around the house, watching movies, napping, and relaxing. I love those days.
Sunday was an off day (SCORE!) As much as I love it, my calves and thighs I needed a break.
Today we started up again. Before class, I ran to the ATT store becuase my cell crapped out (at like 10 am this morning) and since I don’t have a landline anymore, I needed a phone…. and a phone I got!
I am so in love with my new phone, and I haven’t even had time to play with it!
I also went out to “happy hour” with a few friends from my old job right before class — and just drank water — we all know what happens when I eat too close to class time lol!
Melissa (the first bootcamp I did- she was the trainer) was our teacher tonight. She was HARD and kicked out butts!
But you know what?
I was stronger tonight – I could tell. I did a little informal “fitness assessment” as today is technically 1 day past the midway point…
- The warmup was easier than it has been in a while. I felt like it was actually a warm-up and not a workout in itself.
- I drank about 2 16oz glasses of water about an hour before class today — I am not sure if the water helped me get more reps in or if it was the fact that I have been working out consistently, but I felt good and got more reps in than ever before on each station.
- When I started 7 classes ago, I could barely hold myself up on core hold for more than 5 seconds at a time. I can make it 10-15 seconds at a time now. My goal is the whole minute she asks up to hold it.
- Squats are my most hated exercise, and at the beginning the teacher was always saying “GET LOW!” (I was almost always standing close to straight up and down and just pulsing) as she walked past me– today she said “GOOD JOB!”. Can’t believe it.
- Lunges are my second most hated exercise. I don’t think I do them correctly. At the beginning of class, she told us to “almost touch the floor” with the bent leg. I was always VERY close to standing position. Today I was able to do about 3 inches from the floor on my left leg (front and back lunges) and about 7 to 8 inches off the floor with my right.
- I was able to do “stinky baby” (hold 2 dumbbells straight out in front of you – and alternate legs on a high step– the dumbbells are a stinky baby that you don’t want to drop and don’t want to hold close) without dropping the dumbbells to my sides at all today.
- I am “good” sore, not “I can’t walk” sore today.
All in all, I am getting there. And I am proud of the progress I have made so far.
PS: Still trying very hard to eat the #WWGE way. I have shrunk my stomach, so when I do want to eat a big meal, I get sick to my stomach as I start shoveling it in. Small portions is the way to go! GO GRANDMA!
I woke up this morning feeling pretty good actually- and then I decided to take the stairs (I live on the 2nd floor) 500 times as I was running errands all day.
Not a good idea.
Up is slow, but fine.
Down is bloody murder. I actually took the elevator once just to avoid going down the stairs.
When I got to class tonight, I was happy to see almost all the other people from class also with quad pain.
We did alot on the bag again tonight, and used these straps that were hooked to the wall to do pushups and reverse crunches. WOW. I could do the reverse crunches OK, but the pushups were almost to hard to do. I could barely stay in a plank position!
We ended with partner stretches. I was drenched and stinky– I felt bad for my partner.
I came home, took a nice warm shower and climbed into my jammies. I had a #WWGE dinner of leftover pork, broccoli and brown rice and 2 tiny oranges for dessert. Oh, and lots of water.
The trainer tonight told me to take 3 Motrin before I go to bed, along with a ton of water to help the leg pain. I have a feeling that the Mortin will help take care of a few other aches and pains too…
I am proud of myself for today. I got alot of things accomplished that have been on my to-do list (partially because the cats had me up at 5:45am this morning). By 3 I was beat and got a good 1 1/2 long nap in.
I love naps.
Anyway, I am going to curl up in a chair and read a good book. We DO have bootcamp tomorrow night, so I am going to go ahead with my plan of hanging IN tomorrow night – me, popcorn, a diet coke (first one in 4 days! Go me!) and movies that I have been wanting to see. We have an awesome movie viewing room in the condo building so I am excited to check it out.
PLEASE be safe tomorrow night what ever you do!
* With my legs this sore, I swore today was day 5 of the class. But alas, only day 3.
New insturctor, new kick @ssedness.
Each day we will have a new instructor– yesterday was a former Chicago Heavyweight boxing champion — today was a tiny woman who was a Drill Sargent– and I loved her.
Lunges, lunges, squats, squats. The dreaded mountain climbers. Squat holds. Bicep curls. Something called “reptile pushups”.
It was crazy-balls, but I did it. My stomach muscles are sore and my arms are jello right now, but I am pumped.
Day 2 is over, and I did it.
I DID IT.
I have the biggest smile on my face right now. I am so proud of ME.
Tonight I am working off of my self-made #WWGE diet:
- Crockpot pork – cooked with 1 can of cream of mushroom soup and a bit of water (1/2 a chop)
- broccoli (1/2 the serving I would normally eat)
- brown rice – cooked with the pork and soup (1/2 a cup)
- 12 oz of water
Since I worked out tonight, I might end up eating a bit more broccoli to fill me up, but we shall see. I will photograph my plate(s) before eating.
I am so excited, soon my camera will be automatically transferring my pictures to my computer– I got a deal on an Eye-Fi card through a Google thingy-madingy. I should get the card soon and will have a full report as soon as I use it the first time.
Off to eat dinner!
Bootcamp attended? No.
Done sleeping 20 plus hours a day? Maybe.
I spent from Friday morning until 6pm today in bed, leaving only for the Second City thing and to get something to eat this evening. On Sunday, I really was only upright for 1 hour. And that was just sitting up.
I truly don’t remember ever sleeping this much (well, maybe when I was a collage student and had been up for like 21 hours straight studying/partying).
Obviously my body is trying very hard to fight this infection. I felt like I was hit with a Mack truck, though I have been up for more than 2 hours now and don’t feel like I need to lay down. I hope this means I am on the mend. FINALLY.
I have 2 days left of bootcamp- I am trying to decide if I should go and just sit there or just say screw it and sleep in, get 100 percent better, and start back up again on December 28th (when the next round I have paid for begins).
I don’t want to be a quitter.
I want to be strong and finish strong. I want to PROVE that I can finish a 3 week long bootcamp.
But my body? Is weak. At least right now it is. I am trying to do the best that I can for my body- eat healthy food, drink lots of water, take my meds and R.E.S.T.
If this was a muscle injury, I would have to take time off for rest—Why can’t I get it through my thick skull that REST is needed when non-muscle or bone body parts are sick too…
Tune in tomorrow to see if I made it to the class…
In other news, I’VE GOT A JOB INTERVIEW! I don’t want to jinx it, so I won’t say with who, but it is Thursday. I am excited and scared at the same time—I haven’t interviewed in over 7 years and I am a bit freaked out. I have no idea what to say.
I am working with an outplacement company and am doing a video-taped job interview on Wednesday to help me prepare. I have to go buy something nice to wear tomorrow (since I was a ding-a-ling and packed up all my “grown-up” clothes and can’t get to them in my storage unit) and read up on interview questions that might be asked. I hope I am feeling more like myself by the time the interview rolls around.
Please be thinking good interview thoughts on Thursday for me!
OK, back to bed, to get a good night’s sleep and have a productive Tuesday!
I missed it.
I have been feeling really run down, tired, crabby, sore and irritable lately, and blaming my lack of sleep for the reason. My whole schedule has been off since I have been laid off, and I have been suffering for it. Also, Aunt Flo came to town and her trip has been a tough one this month.
But last night I began to get the old familiar feeling of pain, cheek swelling and gum sores we have all come to love at ajlovestolose.
Yep- it’s back. Again.
I can’t say that I am surprised. It’s not like the stress of moving across the country (again), moving into a new place, sharing a place with a roommate for the first time in 9 years, not sleeping well for a month, losing my job, looking for a job, starting a boot-camp and being kinda broke would cause me to have a Shingles recurrence, now would it??
I am happy to say I have a doctor appt for today at 1:30 and she will get me all squared away. Thankfully I have been through this before and know what makes it better. Pain meds and anti-viral meds. Rest and time. In a few days, I will be feeling more like my old self again.
While I thought I would beat myself up about missing boot-camp this morning, the more I think about it, the more I think I did the right thing. I am “contagious” right now (if you have not had chickenpox, I might give it to you) and I am not sure who in my class has had it. Also, I am worn out. I am afraid if I would have gone, I might have injured myself.
Finally, I need to take care of myself. And listen to my body. My body is screaming at me to rest right now, and I need to listen to it.
I do miss the “sore” muscle feeling I have after class, and I miss the feeling I have when the leader says “last set!”.
But I will get back on the “horse” Monday, bright and early.
Now, I am off to sleep a bit before going to the dr.
Have a healthy day!
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…and I thought Day 4 was bad…
I struggled the whole class this morning. I have no idea why it seems to be getting harder not easier. I have an idea why it seems to be getting harder instead of easier*—
I only slept about 3 1/2 hours last night.
I can’t seem to sleep the night before bootcamp anymore. I toss, turn and generally worry all night long.
Most of the worry comes from my imagination running wild — I imagine my alarm not going off, or being late because it is snowing out, or … and all the sudden it is 3 hours before I have to be at bootcamp and I have to weigh my options: sleep or just get up and do something else until it is time to leave for bootcamp. Alot of the time it is the latter. Last night I ended up with my ipod listening to my meditation mp3 and it helped me relax enough to fall asleep with my ear buds still in my ears.
I have had this insomnia before. When I was gainfully employed, Sunday nights/Monday mornings were horrendous. I would fret about everything under the sun on Sunday night, climb into bed late, worry all night about the work I had to do the next morning, and barely get any sleep. I would be exhausted the next day and my worries would come true since I would barely be able to get any work done.
This pattern went on for months. It would only happen on Sunday nights.
I finally saw my doctor/GP and told her what was going on. She told me it was anxiety and that yoga, meditation and having a notebook by my bed to write down my worries should help. She also gave me a Rx for a low dose of Valium to try if the other “natural” things didn’t work. I tried all the things she offered, but ended up taking the Rx each Sunday night after I meditated.
Valium is awesome. It took the edge off, and allowed me to not give two craps about what I thought might come my way at work in the morning. I would wake up on Monday refreshed and ready to go.
I only took the Rx for a few weeks until my pattern was broken.I continued with meditation and the notebook for a while too.
I tell you this because I think another trip to the GP is in the cards for me. I hate that my bootcamp experience is not the best it can be because I am not getting the best sleep I can get.
Anyway, I got off on a tangent. Bootcamp today was alot of arm and ab work. Today was the last day for “newbies” to ‘cheat” during some of the exercises, so Thursday is gonna be brutal, I can feel it in my bones.
I can’t even tell you what exactly we did in class today, I am so tired. I know some mountian climbers were in there because they almost killed me. I knew something was wrong with me when we started doing ab work because usually that is my favorite/the stuff I do best– I could barely do 3 or 4 reps without stopping.
Sweat was pouring off of me — literally running down my face. That has never (in my few years of working out) happened to me. I am a “glower”. Not a “drowner”.
Anyway, I have a day “off” tomorrow to get some rest and try out Fatina’s treadmill workout.
Anyone else have issues with a “crap” workout because they have a restless night?
Have a restful and healthy Tuesday!
*Could also be the beginning of a visit from Aunt Flo or a bigger than normal (but still healthy) dinner last night.
Day 4 was a toughie.
But I made it through.
The last class was on Thursday, which gave me time to relax and work out some of the soreness and calf tightness I was feeling… while I thought that would be a good thing, I was pretty out of breathe and moving slowly this morning. I walked a bit this weekend, but not much. This morning reminded me that I am going to have to get up and move on my days off too.
Today was circuit training. 45 seconds each, 3 times at 8 different stations. Most were hopping, squats, pushups or bar work. We did toss a medicine ball in the air at another—I almost smacked myself in the face with that one on the 3rd trip around. I swear it was because the leader told us specifically not too. LOL My arms were jelly by the first round of the circuit, but I pushed through as well as I could. The leader was forever telling me (and only me) to “get your feet up” “arms STRAIGHT not BENT” “HOP! HOP! HOP!” but I am glad she did—it kept me from cheating. I was gasping for breath by the beginning of the 3rd set but gosh darn it, I pushed through. I may have done the moves slowly and only got 2 or 3 reps done in 45 seconds, but I did those reps correctly. Yeah me!
I got new shoes yesterday and my feet felt fantastic.
The warm up was tough today, but not as tough as it was the first morning. I feel “good” sore right now. Two good things I am proud of.
I am tired, woke up at 2:30 am again and couldn’t get back to sleep. I think I am going to take a nap then shower and head to my dentist appt.
It snowed this morning, but the streets were pretty clear at 5:30am I hope they stay that way so I can get to the burbs for my appt on time.
Hope you have a healthy and fitness-filled day!
Bootcamp Day 3 (yesterday) was great.
Wednesday was horrible though.
My calves and hamstrings were so sore I could only walk on my tiptoes. And I had one of the WORST headaches I have had in a long time. I was in bed most of the day.
But anyway, Thursday was amazing! I really enjoyed the class- even with lots of squats and squat holds. It was brutal, but I loved it. The 5 minute work out (also know as when I threw up on Monday) actually felt a bit easier.
Thursday was so busy – I was up for 22 hours straight. I woke at 2:30am and couldn’t get back to sleep. I had bootcamp at 6am, headed home to add some food to the crockpot, went to the conference room upstairs in my building and got some bill-paying and email-returning done, then went to the loop for a long lunch with a good friend. It went a bit longer than I thought it would and I had to rush home to change for my 4:15pm volunteer gig at the AIDS Foundation of Chicago World of Chocolate event.
Yes, ladies, it is exactly like it sounds.
Expensive chocolate, a BIG ballroom filled, all free to taste as much as you want.For some people, that would be HEAVEN!
I am not a big chocolate eater/lover, but this is my second year helping out a friend at the raffle/questions table. it was great fun, but I didn’t get home until almost 11pm. By the time I got ready for bed and got off the phone with a friend, it was 11:45pm and I didn’t get to sleep until 12:30a. Whew!! Looooooong day.
I spent the day today BUYING MY NEW CAMERA!!!!! My mom she would help me buy it as a birthday/Christmas present– I got a Cannon XT1 and I am SO FREAKING excited! On the down side, they did not have my actual camera in stock, but since I bought it from the ABT store, they let me take home the floor model and will call me next week when my new camera comes in.
I have not had time to play around with it but the rest of my night (except for a break to say goodbye to Monk) will be learning how to use the darn thing– so many bells and whistles!!
Did I throw up at bootcamp this morning??
duh, duh DUUUUUUUUNNNNNNN….
I took y’alls advise and ate something very small, just a small Dannon drinkable yogurt, and I was fine. I never felt queasy. One of the girls from the class actually asked me how I was doing after – very sweet.
The class stated off with BMI and weight- ugh.
Remember I was “trying it on my own” last month and not weighing in?
Well, I did ok, but obviously Thanksgiving helped me gain a few pounds.
Anyway, it is not the scale it is how I feel.(…the mantra in my head the whole time I was at bootcamp)
Today was rough– about 100 squats (broken up), 5 minutes (broken up) of squat holds, and arm work with bands. One of the things I like about this class is that we only use 2 pieces of equipment- bands and these things that are square that have some bounce to them so when you are running on them, they are slightly like a rebounder. But not as bouncy. I have no idea what they are called, but they are fun to run on. Anyway, I like that they don’t make you use alot of fancy equipment.
After 50 minutes of kicking my butt., I sat down and stretched a bit, then (OK warning, a little TMI) I hacked up a HUUUUUGE, thick sticky green phlegm ball.
That can’t be good.
I feel fine, though my breathing has been crap. As soon as I am done with this post, I will call the doctor.
I am sore (especially my calves from all the running in place) but not as sore as I thought I would be.
We shall see how I feel tomorrow morning (an off day). Next bootcamp is Thursday and I will be one week down.
My friend N and I are thinking of getting Bodybuggs (as seen on the Biggest Loser) to help us track calories in and calories out. Anyone use one? Pros? Cons?
Off to call the doctor and put my food in the crock pot.
Have a healthy day!