What the HECK was I thinking?! A few girls from the Boot Camp class this morning convinced me to sign up for the Y’s 8 week fitness challenge. As if I didn’t have enough things on my plate, now I’m committed. In all honesty, I’m excited. I think this is what I need to get my butt in gear on my yearly goals. I really have been getting lax on my diet and I can feel old eating habits creeping in.
So tonight was day 1 and we did fitness tests. I have to admit the number on that scale got to me a bit. For as much as I preach about not letting that number affect your mood, I was a bit stunned for a few minutes. Then I got over it. I mean it’s ONLY a number right!?!?
So here are my stats as of today…
|Weight||151 – OUCH! (not ouch I’m fat ouch I’m 2 pounds over my goal!)|
|Body Fat %||23.6 – up from the 19 I measured 2 months ago|
|Pushups (1 min)||23|
|Crunches (2 min)||41|
I’m really excited about this as I’ve never tracked measurements and body fat percentage before. Plus you know me, I need a goal and I like to be moving towards something. Now that I’m not trying to lose a significant amount of weight I really like to set fitness goals. It is such a confidence builder to see a progression in your level at the gym and you know, it doesn’t take much! Commit to something for a bit and before you know it you are faster, stronger, have more endurance then you did before. The key is consistency and variation, at least that’s what I’ve learned about myself.
My workout schedule is getting pretty intense My plan is 3 runs a week, 4 weight training sessions, and 4 boot camp classes. Now before you think I’m setting up a cot at the gym, the schedule isn’t THAT bad. I lift on the days I have boot camp, so it’s only one gym trip and my runs are at home in the evening (or I may travel to the park). Plus the toddler has soccer the same day I have one of the classes so I’ll be at the gym anyway. Ok, so maybe it’s pretty intense but what would I be doing instead? Watching TV? working? I’m really finding that working out is truly a habit now, I mean really, it’s a passion. I’m wondering if I should change careers! lol Web Developer turned Trainer?? maybe? who knows?!
Here’s my menu from today. During this 8 weeks I’m really going to TRY and post ALL food journals. It will very interesting to see my progression paired with my diet. I will give updates when we retest in class and of course I will post a final side by side comparison of my stats at the end of the 8 weeks.
|2 hard boiled eggs and a 1/4 of the toddlers banana that he couldn’t finish||4|
|Poor Man’s Egg salad Sandwich with a side of carrots and pepper slices||4|
|leftover Mexican Inspired Okra Orzo Stew with a piece of corn bread||4|
|handful of dried berries||2|
|Chick-fil-a grilled sandwich with fruit and fries split with the toddler||8|
|about 1/3 of a hot fudge sundae||1|
|Bowl of homemade chicken soup (made with beer chicken bones using my Turkey Stock Technique)||2|
|Another bowl of soup, I was hungry and nothing else "sounded good"||2|
|WOW I don’t even think I can list it all! Day started with boot camp which entailed a mile run, resistance running, hill running and the push up/crunch routine starting at 14 then (as if that wasn’t enough) I did lower body weights. Then my fitness test this evening! OH! and I climbed the medium inclined wall!!|
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