12wbt Blogging Challenge – Week 2 – Exercise

It’s hard to believe right now that a little over a year ago I avoided any sort of exercise, pretty much as if I was allergic to it.  Thanks goodness for my visit to Solar Springs last year. First thing Saturday morning I ventured into the gym – and hopped on the treadmill, the cross-trainer and rower.  Before I knew it I had a red face, a heart that was beating noticeably, sweaty skin and laboured breathing. But I felt fantastic!

Now, a year later exercise is an important part of my life.

At 6am I hit the gym from Monday to Thursday.  I do BodyPump or RPM. I really enjoy both classes.  Monday nights I go to a Zumba class – that’s a whole lot of fun and a great calorie burner.

Friday is my rest day – just as important as the other six training days.

Saturday is my SSS. I usually begin with weight training in the gym, then cardio in the gym and finish up with a Sh’Bam class.

Sunday is an RPM and BodyBalance class double.  Unless I’m doing a fun run in the city – in which case I will try to get to Pain in the Domain and/or Pain in the Park with Amanda Cole and the Sydneysiders.

And, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays I also squeeze in thirty minutes of c25k training.

One thing I tried last round which I never thought I would was boxing.  I just love it and wish there were more days in the week so I could add it into my regular schedule.

I have also been inspired by Lisa and Jayne to want to give Crossfit a go.  There is even Crossfit box a few kilometres from where I work, but at this point in time I don’t know how I’d fit it in on a regular basis. But who knows what the future will hold.

There is also a Bikram Yoga studio open now in the north-western suburbs of Sydney – I’d love to try that too.

And of course, this October I’d like to be able to enter the Triathlon Pink short course.  The only reason I haven’t signed up yet is because the furthest I have ridden a bike without assistance is about three metres. I am going to do my best to be ready to take it on in October.

And of course I’ll be hitting the Giant Staircase again in July. Looking forward to being red faced, sweaty and out of breath that day.

My goals

Well obviously I want to discard 78 kgs – hopefully I’ll be close to meeting that goal by the end of the summer months in 2013.  However, I know that if that was what I judged my progress on it would be a very tedious journey.  And at times the goal would no doubt seem insurmountable.

So, the goals I will focus on will be relatively short term and behaviour focussed.  I want to experience success.  And if I experience success in the behaviour related goals, then theoretically the kilograms will seemingly melt away.  Thanks to a couple of challenges I have signed up for on www.myfitnesspal.com have given me both short term and mid-term goals.

Short term goals – Behaviour related

13/6/11 to 19/6/11 – 30 minutes on treadmill Monday – Saturday, ramping up the incline as much as possible.  (Week 3 challenge for Twilight Challenge.)  This one is going to be tricky – have to get up at 5.30am each morning to achieve this one.

13/6/11 to 13/7/11 – Zumba workouts at least three times a week (Zumba Challenge)

13/6/11 to 13/8/11 -Track calories eaten every day on www.fitnesspal.com

13/6/11 to 31/7/11 – Achieve 100 workouts at Curves.  Currently at 81 workouts, need to consistently go 3 times a week to achieve this one.

13/6/11 to 13/8/11 – Walk 216 kilometres on treadmill.  Possible if I consistently walk 30 minutes 6 times a week.

Mid term goals – Achievable if I achieve short term behaviour goals.

14/8/11 – Complete the City2Surf in under 3 hours.

18/11/11 – Have discarded a total of 22kgs for the Breaking Dawn premiere. (Twilight Challenge)

Shift in Attitude!

Today is Tuesday, so that means an evening Zumba class.  I was looking forward to it all day.  And then during the drive to the class I couldn’t wait to start moving to the music.  I can hardly believe it!   I can’t remember when I last looked forward to doing exercise like that!  Sometime back in the 1990’s no doubt.

The class was great fun – I can’t believe an hour goes by so quickly.  And despite the fact it was 8 degrees celsius outside (and probably inside too) I was working up a sweat in no time.

 So, if you’re trying to find an exercise that is fun and you can join in with whatever your fitness level, I highly recommend giving Zumba a go.

And if you try it and you’re not too sure – try again with a different instructor.  I am doing classes (including the Curves circuits) with three different instructors.  I really enjoy all the classes – however, the classes are different because of the different personalities of the instructors.  But what they do have in common is fun choreography and infectious rhythms.  Its changed my outlook entirely.  So much so, that I am quite disappointed that the Saturday morning class isn’t on this weekend because of the long weekend. 😦 As I drove home I kept thinking, “What will I do on Saturday????”  And then I realised I can do one of my Zumba DVDs.  No excuses for not moving daily.

So, Zumba or no Zumba, find something you like doing – something that makes you smile.  And before you know it you’ll be looking forward to exercise too.

Visit to my GP

Today was the day for my four weekly visit to my GP.  After almost three weeks of a renewed focus on my health I was expecting to see something on her scales.  According to her scales – no difference from four weeks ago.  She was very supportive and reminded me that the huge change in my exercise habits was far more important than the numbers on the scale.

She was very impressed by my renewed passion for exercise.  She said she had never heard me speak so positively about my exercise efforts and plans.  She thinks that if I can keep up what I’ve already started, and improve on it (I’m not doing everything on the plan as yet) I should be able to lose 15 kgs by the City2Surf, and thereby achieve my goal of doing it in a better time than 2010.

And the best thing – we chatted for a while – and Lap Band surgery was not mentioned!  It doesn’t mean its off the agenda yet, and I do understand why.  And I’m not ruling it out entirely, its just not my first choice on how to get a handle on this problem.

Tuesday Zumba

Tonight I went along to the Tuesday night class with Marcela instructing.  It was my fourth hour long Zumba class.  There were over thirty other Zumba lovers there on this chilly autumn night.  What great fun it was to be a part of a bigger group.  Angela was also there as a guest instructor, and she led some of the tracks/dances.

My coordination is getting better, and I can keep up with most of the movements.  I even got a little hip action going tonight.  I “walk” through some of the more exuberant jumpy movements – as my fitness improves I’ll get a handle on those.  My right knee hurts a little on some of the bends – so I take it carefully – remembering what Fiona said at my first class about listening to my body. 

I worked up a sweat and released a whole lot of endorphins.  I’m going to have a lot of fun side stepping the lap band surgery!

Zumba!