I am still going to Boot Camp each week. The first session finished just before Christmas and this session began on January 3. I was pretty happy with my results the first time, but I really want to do better.
You see, I GAINED WEIGHT! No amount of fat loss and muscle gain can make me happy with suffering through boot camp just to have gotten heavier at the end. I know that my weight is just one measure of success, but I really want to succeed at that measure.
This time through I am doing a better job of watching what I eat and exercising more on the days I'm not at boot camp. I have started doing the 5K101 podcast again and that should take me from where I am to running a 5K race.
Did I just write 'running a 5K race'? That just sounds ridiculous for me. I have been a fairly active person in my life, but never an athletic one. I have never competed in sports of any kind. And I have hated to run. There is something about getting hot and sweaty that really gets on my nerves. And, besides, running bores me.
I am persevering, though. On Saturday morning, I dove headfirst right out of Week 7 of the podcast into Week 8. Week 8 is the final week of training and has a 5 minute brisk walk for a warm-up, then a 30 minute jog, followed by another 5 minute walk. Before I started exercising I could barely jog for 2 minutes. That's how bad I was. This morning, though, I didn't see any reason not to go the distance and jog for 30 minutes.
The jog on the treadmill began just fine. I felt strong enough to make it at a slow pace, but by 10 minutes in I was getting tired of the whole thing.
Then the power went out. And the treadmill came to a stop.
A month ago I would probably have taken this as a sign to stop. After all, this is really too hard for me. Tomorrow might be a better day to run. Fiddle-dee-dee - I'll think about it in the morning. (Name that movie.) But, my word for the year is "Do". My word isn't "Rest", "Relax", or "Easy".
I let the treadmill come to a complete stop before I jumped off -- and I started running in place. My Ipod was continuing to play on a battery operated speaker and I just kept running.
The electricity blinked a time or two, but after about a minute it came back on to stay. I got back on the treadmill and finished the 30 minutes of jogging. I realize how small a thing that is to many people, but for me it is a huge victory. I started a hard thing, was challenged to quit before I finished, and then stuck it out.
Now, if I don't lose some weight by the end of this boot camp, I may change my word. But, I might not be able to tell you what it is.