I am late getting this post done, I don’t know where the last week has gone. My next weigh in is tomorrow, so I better get last week’s done now.
The biggest obstacle of the week I thought would be a date night for our anniversary.
I was comfortable enough this week to wear a dress, a sleeveless one no less.
It turned out that a change in my exercise routine and schedule was more of a challenge for me this week.
After taking my first spin class a few weeks ago, I caught the fitness class bug. I had just joined YouFit not even one month ago and I have been working out with a personal trainer. That has been going great, but I still wanted more options.
So my anniversary gift was a 2nd gym membership to Fitness Works so I could have access to more classes. Once I joined I got a little overwhelmed by all the options.
I finally decided to try the Body Step class. I thought, “I used to do step all the time and was pretty good at it.” 5 minutes into the class I wanted to cry, I couldn’t believe I had thought I could do this class the more I thought about it I realized that I had not done a step class in 17 years.
Why did I think I was ready for this? I was on the far side of the room and I didn’t want to have to put my step away and walk out of the class. Again I wanted to cry. I just tried to keep up the best I could and keep moving even if I couldn’t do the steps that the instructor was doing. When I started to take things at my own pace I started to look around and saw others that were definitely in better shape than me needed to make modifications as well.
That is when I kicked myself in the butt and fought those voices in my head telling me I couldn’t do this. Everyone has to start somewhere, and this is my somewhere. The negative thoughts were pushed aside and I fought through to the very end. I was tired but so proud of myself for not giving up.
I survived Body Step and pondered what my next class would be. My friend Cindy (the one that conned me into a spin class) teaches Body Combat early Tuesday mornings. On Monday I told her I was going to be there. I didn’t sleep well that night afraid I would oversleep when my alarm went off at 4:40 a.m. She texted me as my back up plan.
Committing to Cindy I would be there was good motivation, it made me show up. I knew this class would be hard, so I did the best I could and Cindy kicked my butt. I definitely had a hard time keeping up, but again I kept moving through the whole class and I finished.
That night I had an appointment with my personal trainer and she showed me no mercy. I made the mistake of telling her I was able to do a real plank at the step class over the weekend, so guess what she made me do. I made it 10 seconds at least twice.
This will get easier as the weight comes off and I keep at it.
I would say overall I had a good exercise week I had 4 really good workouts including really increasing my speed on the elliptical workouts. I tried and achieved new things, but the change in routine threw me off and I had 3 days off. I would prefer to keep it to 1-2 off days.
On the food front, staying on track for the week was easier than I expected even with our date night out.
My weigh in for the week was about what I expected. I had a big loss last week, so I didn’t think I would lose as much this week. I was right.
I still am at a 2 pound a week average so I am totally okay with the lower loss this week. At my meeting when I weighed in, I was asked if it was what I expected. It made me realize in the past I would have been mad at that kind of loss given how much I exercised and how well I stayed on track.
This time I am really looking at overall progress and I had bigger NSV’s (non-scale victories) this week and I was really happy about that.
I shared my experience with the Body Step and Body Combat classes at my meeting and I hope that sharing my choice to not give up will encourage someone else that needs that push.
WEEK 9 GOALS:
- Track food and activity each day – DONE
- Exercise at least 5-7 days averaging 45 minutes per workout – MISSED 3 DAYS ENDED UP SHORT ON NUMBER OF WORKOUTS, BUT EXCEEDED TIME TARGET
- Strength training with trainer 2x – DONE
- Stay on plan on our anniversary (eating breakfast and dinner out) – DONE
- Look into fitness classes – JOINED FITNESS WORKS & TOOK BODY STEP & BODY COMBAT
WEEK 10 GOALS:
- Track food and activity each day
- Exercise at least 5-7 days averaging 45 minutes per workout
- Strength training with trainer 2x
- Take 3 classes this week including Body Pump
- Navigate potluck at work Monday