Last weekend we went to Aurora where we were totally spoiled. I love my mom and dad-- and their great food, Husker football on Pay-Per-View, the way they change Dekker's smelly diapers and spoil him while I nap. They are INCREDIBLE grandparents, which doesn't surprise me because they are incredible parents.
Well, this blog post is dedicated to a little adventure I am on called "bootcamp." Awhile back I went to Women of Faith with some friends and we talked a lot about working-out. My friend Jackie challenged me that I can keep doing what I'm doing (which was lots of excuses for nothing) or I could make a change. Well I really pondered on that. I really focused on the choice I had. I switched my thinking so that working out was no longer something I "should" do, to something I "could" do. So I started searching for options.
My first thought was our gym. Okay back up. I love organized fitness classes. They are a great workout for me, and I love the beginning and the end and sticking to an hour. Different things work for different people and this really works for me. So I started contemplating the 9:15 classes at our gym (they have a pretty good, inexpensive daycare), and the 12:00 classes over nap-time. But neither. Call it an excuse or whatever you want. But on my days off I wasn't interested in hauling Dekker out and putting him in daycare again. And I knew he would be my excuse... when it's cold, when he's sick, etc, etc. And I knew I wouldn't sacrifice my nap time consistently with a work-out and shower. By that time in the day all motivation has passed. So this left mornings.
I am not a morning person but I kept thinking about Jackie's encouragement. And I remembered that this is a choice. It's not something I HAVE to do, but it is something I WANT to do. So 6:30AM it is, at a nearby community center that charges a fraction of the other bootcamps in town. I'm not so sure it's really "bootcamp." The work-outs are pretty moderate and sometimes super hard and sometimes pretty easy. It is a great group of girls and two very nice, skinny, young leaders fresh out of undergrad. I laughed on my first day there-- I wasn't sure if I was at the right place until I saw all the mini-vans. Yep, all the participants are just like me-- Mom's, some work and some don't, just trying to get in better shape. There are no models, no body builders, and frankly, no one cares. Recently, I got dressed in the dark and wore my work-out pants inside out. They gave me a little joking about all the literature across my butt, and seriously no one said another word because... who cares? I honestly don't even comb my hair before I go!
Today was the end of week three. It is a six week commitment so we are half way through. And today I moved from 5lb hand-weights to 8lbs. That was excellent. AND I did all my push-ups without my knees. The instructor said I had "great form," which made me super happy. Sometimes we run on the treadmill, sometimes in the indoor track, even outside in the parking lot-- I caught my breath about noon that day. Today we did a circuit. The intensity is really increasing as the learning curve gets smaller. They have already announced a second 6 week commitment and you bet I am in!
I have lost 1 lb. Yep, one. Totally sucks. But I am reminded that weight often comes last. And in the mean time I'm not gaining :) And I am getting stronger. And I am consistently working out, which feels great! And, I'm learning that early morning work-outs have lots of fab benefits-- like one shower for the day, getting it done first thing, still having nap time to myself, etc. If you are considering how to fit a regular work-out plan to your lifestyle, you might consider getting up earlier to do it. I am more tired at night, and go to bed before Dave, which stinks. But in general I have more energy throughout the day and am waaaayyyy more productive on the days I work out.
Welp, that's it. It's not the best bootcamp ever made, but it's great for me right now! Here are a few pics, not associated with bootcamp in any fashion (no one needs to see that), that I thought might be fun to share. Enjoy.
On the Journey,