The first week of September I set off on my own personal boot camp. The first six weeks in Florida were great and while I didn’t quite stick to my original plan in terms of intensity I did increase my cardio endurance and my overall strength and I got plenty of rest which I desperately needed. My version of boot camp was nowhere near as intense as reality tv versions, nor was it even as intense as I originally planned, but it was a positive experience and I while I didn’t drop a tonne of weight, I felt a lot more fit and there were noticeable changes in my body shape. These are shots of me in Clearwater, Palm Beach, Homestead, and Key West.
- For the last two weeks of boot camp I returned home and planned out a schedule that included walking every day and going to the gym every day. I will spare you the suspense, this didn’t quite go to plan, in fact the original title of this post was “A Few Bumps Upon Re-Entry”. I did join the gym and I do my crunches and running in the pool, and I even went for a personal training session, but the walking thing just didn’t happen. As the boyfriend pointed out when we were walking the length of Key West, a 5km day I’d just like to brag, “Walking sucks where you’re overweight”. I knew this, but I had high hopes that with my new level of fitness it would become easier. It didn’t and while I have a long term goal of walking to the Go bus each morning, I have to accept that it’s just not going to happen right now.
- Being back and work and in the thick of “real life” I have allowed it to interfere with my plans of being at the gym everyday, not to mention the snow and 100km winds the other day which make it difficult to convince oneself to jump in the pool when one’s natural urge is to retreat to the couch, but I continue to make positive changes. I now have my gym clothes in the car at all times, I am pre-cooking lunches and dinners so I can grab and go with healthier choices, and I am taking more breaks at work to stretch and move about.
- The boyfriend and I didn’t survive boot camp. Six weeks, 24/7 with anyone is tricky, but if you’re keeping score this is third time we’ve broken up since I started this blog. On the upside I’ll have more time to sleep and hit the gym.
- I have fritzed my second waterproof mp3 player, well it works intermittently, so I have ordered a waterproof sleeve for my iPod. I’ll see how that goes because the next step is to start getting into more serious money and most reviews note that the whole waterproof thing can be a bit dodgy. I will keep trying to find a solution though since running without music is right up there with watching paint dry.
- I have decided that boot camp is not over, it’s just a little different. I’m trying to eliminate as many obstacles as possible to get to the gym or do an exercise video. First up is cleaning my house from top to bottom. I don’t mean wiping a duster across the surfaces, I mean taking it right back to the walls. I’ve been on a de-junking quest for a while now and each round I get more and more brutal about getting rid of stuff. This time large pieces of furniture are going out, tools, appliances, you name it. I’ve also emptied everything out of my guest room and I am considering turning it into a yoga and meditation room. My budget may have something to say about that plan, but it would be nice.
– the Goddess