Archive for May 19th, 2009

Boot Camp Bride

I never really had an actual plan for pre-wedding shaping up.  I mean, of course in my head I knew I would do something to tone up a little bit, I just didn’t know what.  Well a little over a month ago, a friend told me she had signed up to do a boot camp and invited me to do it with her.  The fee was $180 so initially I thought it was kind of steep for a 4 week class.  AND the class met at 6AM, 5 days a week, for 4 weeks.  I don’t normally know that 6AM exists, much less 5:15AM when I would have to get up and get out of the house. So I declined.  But the more I thought about it, and as I discussed it with Taylor over mexican food for dinner one night, I thought to myself, “I should do it!” 

And I did.  For the past month, I got up at 5:15AM, most mornings and made it to boot camp.  I ran more in those days that I have in my whole life.  Some days we just did 1 mile.  Some days 2.  I also did more pushups and more sweating that I’ve ever done before.  I was really surprised at how much I enjoyed it.  It was hard, but not impossible.  I was even sick for about two weeks of the month, but I kept going to class most days even though I could barely breathe. 

Even though I was the last runner in at the end of our jogs almost every day, I was proud for doing it.  There were some people who were slower than me the first week, but they quit going.  My mile time (of course including some walking) was 12:15 the first day.  On the last day, my mile was 10:29…almost two minutes off my time.  Not breaking any olympic records, but I was pretty pumped.  I can’t say I lost a bunch of weight and got ultra skinny in that month, but my endurance went up and I definitely felt healthier.  I also slept better (and going to bed around 8:30PM helps with the getting up early!)

The class is over now, so I’m getting used to having that extra time in the mornings to sleep in, but I’ve committed myself to keeping up the habit.  I haven’t exactly found a routine yet, but I have started the Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred . It’s a great work out, and only about 25-30 minutes long with warm up and cool down.  You do the moves in intervals 3 minutes of strength, 2 minutes of cardio and 1 minute of abs, so it goes by really quickly.  And some of the moves are like what we did in boot camp.  It’s gotten a lot of great reviews and you can get it on Amazon.com for less than $10. 

And just maybe I’ll get around to keeping you posted on my attempt at the 30 Day Shred rather than telling you all about it when I’m done!!


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