I made it a week! It was hard, and I felt at times like I was going to absolutely fall down dead, but I did it! The boot camp I am attending runs Monday through Thursday, and each day we focused on a different muscle set. I took off Friday, and had to work a festival on Saturday and Sunday. I wanted to go for a walk before the festival each morning, but it just didn’t happen. Luckily, our booth was at the far end of the event, and the playground and kid activities were on the other end. It was about a 1/10 of a mile each way, and I made sure to walk quickly when I was going to check on my kids at the playground. I probably ended up walking about 2 miles each day, and definitely felt it in my legs by Sunday evening.
This morning I got up to weigh and measure myself, and was nervous to see the results. I was not expecting a huge change, as this is only the first week, but I was really pleased with the changes!
I weighed in at 164.6, that’s 5.4 pounds down from last week! Woohoo!
My measurements were all the same except for my waist, which went down one inch to 33. It’s not a big change, but losing an inch in a week makes me a pretty happy mama!
Tonight at boot camp I walked and jogged for a total of 2.5 miles, and felt much better in my legs than I did last week when I started. My muscles are sore after the fact, but I still have control over them, unlike last week when I felt like they were mechanical and jerky.
This week I am going to work on jogging for longer, as I can only do about 1/8 of a mile at this point without having to stop and walk. Regulating my breathing is a big problem for me, so I am going to work on that during the day while I am at home working. We tend to take short, shallow breaths, but if you practice taking in long deep breaths throughout your regular daily activities, then it will become a habit. Finally, I am going to continue working on eating lots of veggies, lean meat, and very little dairy and wheat. I feel better and more full when I eat a lot of fresh foods, although it does take a little more work to prepare those meals.
I’m excited about this journey to being a healthier person, and my family is very excited as well. It’s a great thing to finish working out and have my kids tell me how proud they are of me. I want to be healthier for me, but also for my kids. I want them to see their mom healthy and strong, and grow up in an active family environment.
Do you exercise regularly? What did you do this week to move towards being a healthier person?