I have one word to say about my first boot camp class: OwMG.
I learned the following today:
- If you are working so hard, your heart rate is elevated and your breathing is rapid, work harder.
- If you are working so hard, you’re praying for the class to end and hoping you don’t puke in the meantime, work harder.
- If you are working so hard that you are literally begging God not to let you die at 28 years old in the middle of bootcamp, congratulations! You are now working out to your full potential.
- And finally, don’t wear a V-neck t-shirt to class unless you want to flash your instructor.
Fortunately my aforementioned prayer was answered and I’m still here to blog about the experience. And fortunately typing doesn’t take much effort because everything else hurts. ‘
So, what did we do at bootcamp? I believe my brain is trying to repress the memories, but I’ll do my best to dredge them back up. We began by jumping rope for two minutes, and we did lots (and LOTS) of push-up/plank-type workouts. The planks involved doing jumping jack-esque movements with your feet while resting on your forearms. The crunches started off basic, and then got increasingly more challenging. I’m convinced my jeans fit better after one hour. We also did a lot with resistance bands and weights. Individually, the exercises don’t sound that hard, but doing 60 minutes in a row with no rest is torture, I tell you.
I was hoping for some fellow “persons of size” to be in the class with me, but the two other participants were cute and skinny. Fortunately, they were also nice, and I didn’t feel TOO humiliated as I lumbered around like a hippo.
Speaking of size, the first weigh-in was today! I think I can spill the details here since only approximately two people read my blog. 🙂 I lost six pounds. Overall, I’m happy since this week consisted of only five days. Part of me wonders why I didn’t lose more when I can lose six pounds in the first week of Weight Watchers, and this involved SIGNIFICANTLY more effort and a vastly stricter diet. But I think the two fewer days was a big part of it. Regardless, I am very happy to be out of the 260s and almost halfway through the 250s. And I LOVE feeling thinner. I already feel tighter and not so jiggly–and that is priceless!