So, I have been consistently working out off and off since mid-January. Does that even make sense...to CONSISTENTLY work out OFF and ON???? Anyway, I have made some progress...mostly with inches lost. I have not lost a ton of weight. I am rediscovering my love for weights. My hate of cardio is definitely still there. Being out of breathe is awful and cardio does that for me.
I joined a Crossfit affiliate. I don't think they refer to themselves as Crossfit. The term they use is functional fitness, but it seems like the same thing to me. They have a two week instructional course, which I am in now. I had my first day yesterday. We covered squats, deadlifts, and a straight press. My hamstrings are sore, so I guess I did the deadlifts right. I was so nervous, being that I am so heavy and out of shape, but everyone was really nice and supportive. I was able to do everything yesterday without modifications. They do have modifications for just about everything though, which is a good thing. They don't expect me to do the same thing as or perform like their elite athletes. I was just looking for a way to keep me motivated to come to the gym and a way to really incorporate weights outside of some of the machines. The thing about not relying heavily on machines (I still plan to use some) is that I need to have correct form. The classes at my gym are small, so I will always have a coach there watching my form, so I feel more comfortable doing things like squats and deadlifts. An injury is not something that I want. Anyway, to sum up, I had a good experience yesterday and I am looking forward to my new journey.
I have started jogging again. I am not doing C25k or any other program. I am just going out there and running until my body says stop then I walk for awhile and then run again. So, in some ways it is very similar to interval training programs. I just do not have a set interval. Maybe I will go back to a program as I progress and get more comfortable with jogging. Right now though, having no set interval allows me to enjoy it more.
I have 101 days until my birthday, so I have decided to challenge myself to 100 days of better health. For me this means that I will eat well or workout everyday for 100 days. I was considering just saying exercise for 100 days, but I honestly do not think I would do it. I think adding in the "or eating well" gives me a little more room for success. I am really happy where I am now. This time it feels like I am doing something I can keep up with and I don't feel like I am pressuring myself.
I am loving this song right now!
Pitbull, Ne-Yo - Time of Our Lives