Surviving bootcamp

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!


About Kristen K

My life has always been pretty darn fantastic--except for one thing: my weight. Not too long ago, I tipped the scale at 283 pounds. I'd gain some, lose some and gain some right back, and I was so frustrated. When I saw a notice for a Biggest Loser-style contest in my local paper, I applied on the spot and I felt like I won the lottery when I found out I was one of the five contestants chosen. We worked out four times a week with trainers and followed a clean eating diet, and my life completely transformed. I've lost more than 60 pounds and I'm feeling confidence for the first time in my life. I'm 29 years old with a great husband, a rewarding job, two adorable dogs and fantastic friends. Weight loss continues to be a struggle now that the contest has ended, but this time I know that I can do it and I'm fully committed. This blog has seved as an accountability tool as I journey from a happy, but fat, person to a happy and confident person. And for the first time in my life, I'm no longer putting it off until tomorrow. This time, I'm starting this minute.
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6 Responses to Surviving bootcamp

  1. Melissa says:

    I have decided I hate scales. Weighed 228 last Monday, then 222 last Thursday. THIS Thursday, back to 228, Friday: 225, and today: 222. Whatever. LOL!

  2. Melissa says:

    Oh! I meant to say I can’t wait to follow along with you. 🙂

  3. kristikess says:

    That’s frustrating! Congrats on your six-pound weight loss, though!

  4. Abby says:

    I am a new follower from MM….and I wanted to say that you and I are in a very similar place right now. I just started my life and body transformation a week ago. I’ve tried many times in my life, but what I have learned this time about what I was missing in the past was belief in myself and true motivation. I think before I was never really doing it for me. I don’t exactly know what changed this time, but I am glad. Through all my workouts so far I’ve dug deeper than I ever have in my life. I have Multiple Sclerosis and although still challenging through some workouts, I am not afraid like I was before. My husband is a health guru, he is a Strength and Conditioning Coach and former collegiate athlete. So I have every resource I could ask for, now I am doing it for me. And as each day passes, I feel stronger, tighter, not yet thinner, but more in control of my life and that’s the best feeling. I weighed in at 242.2 starting and 238.8 on Friday. I just wanted to let you know that you are not alone and even though I don’t know you, I have faith in you that you can succeed! Good Luck, I’ll follow along and hopefully keep you posted on my success too! 😉

  5. Valerie says:

    Congrats! You might have lost more fat weight but gained muscle weight, since you are doing so much more physical activity than before. Keep kicking ass, girl!

  6. Susan says:

    I am a follower from MM as well, and I think you are doing great! Thanks for the extra motivation! I have a hard time meal planning and would love for you to post what you are eating for your meals!
    I am enjoying reading your blog and can’t wait for the 10.5 weeks to be over for you and how great you are going to look! Keep it up! You are motivating people, and I am sure there are a lot more people lurking then you think. 🙂

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