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News & More News

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When I am feeling in the dumps about my weight loss and fitness goal, such as this past week, I don’t feel like it’s my place to write about those things.  Kind of why I haven’t written much lately.  I have been in a crappy mood all week.  Halloween is coming, I’ve eaten too much candy and I haven’t felt like working out AT ALL.

Thankfully, I signed up for that Boot Camp, so I know that at least every Thursday for 3 more weeks, I have to get off my butt and WORK.  Although, I have decided that I’ll probably continue going after this class is over, because it’s pretty awesome.  And it helps to keep me honest when I’m feeling too busy or overwhelmed with everything.

This week, we did some partner exercises during class.  Here I am in the front left corner in the green shirt.

I sweat so BAD during class.  If you look pretty after a workout, you are doing it WRONG.

I would definitely recommend checking out Zug Elite Training if you want to get moving.  I think being in a group really helps if you are inexperienced with fitness training or have a hard time self-motivating (like I sometimes do).

Also, this might be a little over share, but maybe other people have had this problem and can help.  Last week after doing sit-ups in class, I noticed some sensitivity on my rear.  I now have a rash on my upper butt crack.  How. Awkward.  It’s like, when going up and down for sit-ups, the friction from my underwear does this, maybe?  My guess, I have cotton underwear and when you exercise, they suggest not wearing anything with high cotton content because of the friction.  So, I think I’ll be buying some new underwear for exercise purposes.  That’s that.

In other news, I have some pretty exciting news.  I’ve decided to start studying to be a certified personal trainer.  I want to know more about training, for myself and for others.  My goal is to take the test by this time next year.  I chose the NASM CPT program.  There are a ton of different programs, but I talked to a few people and did some online research and this is one of the most widely accepted certifications.  I started reading the textbook the other night.  Pretty excited to learn some new things and maybe eventually start helping other people.

Here’s something scary… I read that by 2030 in the United States, 50% of the country will be obese.  FIFTY percent!  1 in 2 people!   Outrageous.  I don’t want to be a part of that statistic and I don’t want half of the people I know to be a part of that either.

Oh and one more thing.  I have an exciting weekend planned.  Alumni Soccer Game Saturday night and a 1-mile mud run called the Dirty Dozen on Sunday that Scott is doing as well.  Yay for plans!

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Boot Camp Class 1 & Fifth 5k

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Four days later, and I’m still feeling the aftermath of Boot Camp.  I actually had to hold the toilet seat to lower myself for a couple of days because my leg and butt muscles were so sore.

Despite the pain, I am so happy I signed up for this class.  Pain just means I’m working those muscles more than I have been!  The class has things I’ve done in p90x and Insanity.  It was nice to have some familiar moves, so I didn’t feel completely out of my element.

Boot camp is every Thursday evening.  I bring a set of 5 lb. hand weights, a yoga mat and a bottle of water.  And after my first class, I’ll be adding a hand towel to the list.  Literally, had sweat pouring down my face.  Bananas!

The class has about 25 people.  We start with some warm ups, running, high knees, butt kicks, grapevines… then we moved into a circuit style workout.  There was something for every body part:  lots of squats (so my quads were on fire), push ups, tricep push-ups, ab crunches, leg lifts, etc.  I did struggle with some of it, but I still think it went very well for the first class.

Fast forward to Sunday morning for what might be my last 5k of the year.  I was STILL sore and stiff from boot camp.  Plus, it was down-pouring on the way to Portland, so I was like, “Awesome.  This is going to be the best run ever.”

However, the rain departed just in time for the run, plus it wasn’t freezing like the one last week.  I thought my time would be my slowest ever.   It ended up being my third fastest of all fives runs, so really right in the middle.

On another note, I bought a used treadmill on Friday, so now I’m ready to run for the winter.  More on that later.

Boot Camp

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A few of my Facebook friends had signed up for a Boot Camp Class that showed up in my Facebook events.  Naturally, I was nosey, because what is Facebook for, right?  I’ve thought about doing a class like this before, so I checked out the website.

This Boot Camp is a 6 week program.  It includes a customizable online meal plan and grocery list.

This morning, I had my weigh-in and measurements recorded.  Here’s a screenshot of the webpage…

My results actually weren’t as bad as I thought.   Then I was able to input my cardio training program, which is mostly running.  Next was the resistance training.  I put in the amount of time I wanted to train and what equipment I had access to then it created a plan for me.

And finally, here is a sample of a daily meal plan I created.  There’s an option to print recipes and grocery list as well.

I also filled out my goals for the class.  The first is to finally drop below 200 pounds.  The other is to get into my next pair of goal pants which are American Eagle 14’s.  I have a few pairs of 14’s that fit, but American Eagle jeans run smaller in the hips.

So the first class is tomorrow night at 6.  I’m pretty excited and I’ll let you know how it goes!