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30 Days Strong!

2 Aug

Today marks 30 days of bootcamp! It’s been incredibly intense but a lot of fun. I’m already seeing results. I feel stronger and faster already. These classes consist of 30 minutes on the treadmill and 30 minutes of floor/weights. But the time increments very – we may switch between the treadmill and floor every 5 minutes, 15 minutes (my favorite) or 30 minutes (the most brutal). The treadmill workouts include incline, sprint intervals, running backwards, etc. On the floor we use light and heavy dumbbell set, a band, a mat and a step (like for step aerobics).

When I started on July 2 my intensity level was this:

  • walking when the instructor said jog at a 5.0
  • jogging at a 4.0 when the instructor said get into a run at 6.0 or 7.0
  • “sprinting” at a 6.0 or 6.5 at best
  • using 5lb light weights and 8lb heavy weights

Now some of this was out of laziness but I was also truly out of shape. 30 days later:

  • I consistently jog at a 6.0
  • I’m sprinting at a 8.0 or 8.5
  • I can take the hills (incline at 10 or 15) without holding on
  • using 8lb light weights and 10lb heavy weights

I still have a very long way to go towards achieving my fitness goals but this is a great start! Most importantly, my eating habits have really changed. This has never been about loosing weight but you can still be thin and unhealthy.

This is out….. I have a slight obsession with Sprinkles cupcakes. This summer they opened an ice cream shop with irresistible sundaes.

chocolate chip cookie sandwich sundae – beyond. amazing.

This is in…. I knew things had changed for the better when at brunch with my girls I passed on a mimosa and my usual pancake/bacon combo and ordered this delicious protein salad!

warm spinach, egg whites, tomatoes, grilled veggies and shrimp. sooo good!

 

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Plan B

2 Jul

I survived the triple digit Arizona heat, the corporate pep-rally and the 6am fitness activities! However, I came to the realization that there is zero chance of being prepared to run this 5k on July 8. And quite frankly, I just don’t want to do it. There I said it. But the accountability factor of having this blog has weighed on me. In fact, I briefly thought about just lying and saying I did it anyway. But then I immediately felt pathetic and guilty. Although I’m new to blogging and still learning about blogger etiquette, lying about your workout routine just seems like a “no-no.”

The good news is that I’m on to Plan B: bootcamp! I started today and will continue 5 days a week for the next month. On a good day I can motivate myself and get through a 2 mile run. On a bad or even average day, forget about it. I much prefer a treadmill, weights, loud music, an instructor screaming at me and the challenge of not being out performed by the 70 year olds spending their golden years in a gym (seriously, there are at least 3 or 4 seniors in the class and they are getting after it).

I feel good about this plan. Proud of myself for getting started (always the hardest part) and for being honest about it all.

Plus, I traded my latest breakfast favorite of Trader Joe’s Aebleskivers (swedish pancakes)

via SF Gate

for something a little healthier. Not an easy task, those little suckers are addicting and so convenient.

So Day #1 is in the books (again)!