Tuesday, May 19, 2009

HYC Check-In: Chug-chug-chugging along

Weight: 323.8
Total Weight loss: 12.8 pounds

All I have to say is, wahoo! I found myself down another two pounds this morning.

I took the day off from work to receive my artwork that had been hanging in the museum, and then to deliver a couple of the pieces to their new caretakers. I was up at around 8am (ahhh!) and hadn't planned on going out for a walk or anything; if you recall it's Tuesday and the gym in the afternoon is on the schedule. Today, in fact, I had one of my free sessions with the trainer at 4:30. But then, as I was checking my email and reading some blogs, I got inspired by MizFit's post and ended up deciding to go for a leisure walk anyway. It's funny, I was really hankering for it, too, go figure. I did take an easy pace, but took a different route than I have been, and spent just under a half hour doing it. It was a beautiful morning and I really enjoyed looking at everyone's front yards and gardens.

That means that I got a double dose of exercise today! And boy oh boy, did my training session ever kick my butt! Seriously, I can't remember the last time I worked out so hard. The thing is, when I tell you about it, you'll probably wonder what the big deal is, but really... I was working muscles I haven't before if ever, and I was sweating and huffing as if I'd just run a marathon or something. Goes to show how out of shape I really am. So, I was instructed to:

• Use the medicine ball to lean against on the wall, doing two types of squats, three sets of twelve each (ouch!)
• Use five-pound dumbbells to workout my biceps— again, three sets of twelve
• Use the medicine ball again, this time laying on the floor with arms raised over my head and with the ball between my legs. Raise my legs and my arms to transfer the ball to my hands, stretch back out. Again, three sets of twelve.

The last exercise was absolutely KILLER. I'm sure I looked totally ridiculous and gave everyone a good chuckle with all my roly-polyness and grunting, but my trainer was really encouraging and awesome. Plus, I am pretty much over caring what people think of how I look anyway, you know? At this point, I can't LET myself care. What I am doing is too important.

I'd like to continue working with the trainer at least once in a while, but I'll have to see how I can swing it financially. It was great to have someone supervising and mixing things up for me, and cheering me on. He definitely worked me harder than I would have on my own—but at least now I know what I need to do to start, anyway. It was a challenge, but I really enjoyed it. I like feeling my body working in a new way, and I kind of like feeling the pain, and I like sweating it out. That said, please pass the Ibuprofen!

Oh, and a cool thing about my trainer? He's been there, done that. Lost like 100 pounds last year. He showed me a photo. He's a young guy, a little arrogant, but he seemed to respect me and the reasons I was there and what I was trying to do. So I think I'd like to stick with him.

I do have my next C25K walk/run on the schedule tomorrow... we'll see how far I get, I'm going to try even though I know I will be feeling pretty beat up.

Hope you all have a great evening!


  1. are you BEYOND sore this morning?
    I know I am.
    my little IM GONNA MIX IT UP run made me realllly sore.

    might be yet another clue I need to run more often.

    happy couch to 5k day!

  2. Congrats on the weight loss and the great activity level.

  3. I liked that you mention you don't care what ppl think regarding how you look when you work out. I know you have mentioned that about when you jog, too.

    I mixed up my workout yesterday too, and am slightly sore today, but probably not like you are with what the trainer had you doing. Great job!

    You inspire!!

    ps-my former id was "ChrissyS"