Boot Camp - Day 1

My husband recently said to me, "When are you going to train for that 5K you're running in June?"... I laughed and said, "Honey, It's like 3 miles.  I don't have to train for that."


I've already told you that I'm not really THAT overweight.. about 20lbs.  But this is what I felt like this morning at boot camp, minus the tutu and crown.

I ran a 5K years ago without training but I'm realizing now that back then I was still going to the gym 4-5 days a week hitting the elliptical and weights, yoga, even a class here and there. I was doing SOMETHING which is the exact opposite of what I've been doing lately which is... drum roll... NOTHING.  I get winded running up a flight of stairs.  I'm tired all the time.  I've even noticed that my mood is off a lot and I'm sure it has a lot to do with not working out.

So I decided I needed a routine.  Someone to expect me to show up, something that I paid for and it would be a waste to skip...  Boot camp was my answer.  I'll be going three days a week for an hour, first thing in the morning.  If I'm motivated enough I'll do the Jillian Shred Video or use the elliptical on the other mornings but right now, I'm only committing to the 3 days a week boot camp.  Why?  Because I'm typically such an extremist, so when I decide to get in shape I set crazy, unachievable goals for myself and then just quit altogether.  Seriously, my excuse for not working out, well the biggest one - cause I can find ANY excuse in the book - is that I have no time.  So why, why when I decide to get in shape do I say I'll work out 6 days a week???  I start to get an anxiety attack just thinking about it and then think, 'I can't do that..I'll start that next month.'  Viscous cycle!

Back to this morning's boot camp.  Great instructor, super nice set of women, and I was excited!  We started off stretching and doing some weight exercises with a heavy ball (should I know what the technical term for that thing is?  Just be glad I didn't say "thingy".  That's my technical term for everything.) and push ups and stuff.  I'm thinking, 'this is not that bad!!'...  Then we line up and the nice man decides we're going to start running..  just to clarify..we're not sprinting, we're running, then jogging.  I was breathing so heavy I was sure someone was going to ask if I needed an inhaler.  Then as a group, we had to push a set of bleachers across the gym..and then back.  At this point I literally say out loud, "I think I'm going to throw up.  No.  Really."

But I didn't.. and I enjoyed the rest of the class.  I have to practice not trying to keep up with all the women in class that work out all the time - at least for right now.  If I pushed myself too hard today I would be in so much pain I wouldn't even go tomorrow - so I kept at my own pace.  My legs feel a bit sore and weak right now but I love it!  I got my workout out of the way and don't have to think about it for the rest of the day and I feel great because I know that working out won't just help me lose some weight, it'll give me more energy and get me healthier. 

Another big piece of getting back to working out for me?  Our kids learn from our example and I want my kids to grow up learning that everything in moderation is good and that exercise is just a normal part of your routine.  I don't want them fighting to motivate when they're 30..I want it to be something they've always seen us do and something they've always done.

So we all know that exercising is great for us in a thousand different ways - so why is it so easy for some of us to avoid it?  So easy forget how great we feel after we've done it?

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