Back at it.

Confession time: I’ve been out of the gym pretty consistently since early November.

2014 was a bad year for me health-wise, but also a year I made major strides toward a healthier body. It was a very confusing time. A previous boss put it best in my Christmas card when she said, “I hear you’re sick. It always happens when you’re attempting to get healthy.”
I’ve had some stomach/bile duct/gallbladder problems which have made it difficult to eat, therefor difficult to fuel my body, and in turn impossible to go to the gym. The doctors have run multiple tests and thrown a handful of new meds at me, but still no answers. I’ve been able to work some protein back into my diet though, so I’m working my way back into the gym.

I work out at 24 Hour Fitness, and take advantage of the Group X classes they offer (free with membership), as having an instructor-led class keeps me from taking breaks when I want one (rather than when I NEED one), and helps push me harder than I would push myself.

I work out with Ashley at Le Stylo Rouge, and we alternate between two workout schedules, an early week and a late week (all one-hour workouts).

Early week:
Monday — Les Mills BodyCombat (video)
Tuesday — Les Mills BodyPump (video)
Wednesday — Les Mills BodyCombat or BodyAttack (video)
Thursday — Les Mills BodyPump
Saturday — Treadmill or elliptical, depending on my mood.

Late week:
Monday — Les Mills BodyPump/CXWorx (video)
Tuesday — Les Mills BodyCombat
Wednesday — Les Mills BodyPump/CXWorx (split into 30 minutes Pump, 30 minutes CXWorx)
Thursday — Les Mills BodyPump

BodyCombat is probably my favorite class to take. It’s really intense (especially right now, since my cardio stamina is completely gone) but it is really worth it, and the instructors offer plenty of modifications throughout the class, if you need a lower-impact option.

BodyPump is one I have a love/hate relationship with — I love the way it has toned some muscles I’ve never been able to see on my body before, but hate doing the class. That’s not true, I don’t mind the class as a whole, I HATE squats and lunges. My body hates them too, they make me dizzy and it’s weird. Someday I’ll be able to make it through a squat track without a break and it’ll be amazing.

BodyAttack will surprise you. Just reading the description it sounds like it is going to be a pretty tame workout, but you get into the class and HOLY COW! It is not a tame workout. I should’ve guessed something with Attack in the name wasn’t going to be as easy as it sounded. Full-on assault on the whole body. Harder for me than any of the other classes I’ve taken.

CXWorx is fun, but difficult. It is a core training workout, and as someone who spent ages 14-30 as a couch potato, that isn’t something I have much experience with. It has definitely helped improve my strength, but it is still a struggle for me.


 

TBC Challenge:

The Blogger Collective is challenging its members to talk about their goals in January. And mine are probably a little silly and obvious, but they’re things I need to work on and toward nonetheless, so here goes:

  1. Post more often and on a set schedule. I currently just post haphazardly — whenever I feel like it. I need to set up a schedule and actually follow it in order to keep myself accountable and this blog active.
  2. Use more pictures. This blog is not visually stimulating at all. You visit and are simply hit with a wall of words, boring. There are some posts I am planning where I know adding photos will work well, but some I’m clueless on how to do so, but I know I want to include more.
  3. Expand my connection. I’m learning as I go, but I want to expand my connections to include bloggers who I don’t know personally. I love seeing comments and interaction from those I know, but I would love to also meet some new people.
  4. Keep up my hard work. I’ve come a LONG way since I started this blog, and the journey started long before I began keeping track of it here. I have had a few setbacks, but with the support of my friends I’ve pushed through and kept at it. This is a constant, long-term goal.
  5. Try new workouts. While I’m happy with my current workout routine, it can never hurt to try new things and expand my knowledge. Last year I worked with a personal trainer and found out that wasn’t for me. I also attended a class at The Bar Method with Jess from 26 and Not Counting. It was so much fun and really challenged me. I want to try more new things like that.

Extra long post for me today! Hope you all have a great Thursday!

It was a run-by fruiting

“Anything that is not funny at a certain point will be funny.”
– Robin Williams
I had never read that quote until this morning, but I’d say it is probably the quote that best describes how I live my life. I can take things seriously when I need to, but most of the time I take nothing seriously. I love to laugh (hence, gigglechamp), especially at myself.
I particularly like to laugh at myself for the stupid things I do, and I do a lot of stupid things.
I was at the gym last night, and put an effervescing electrolyte tab in my water bottle (one of those Contigo bottles with a straw) then when I opened the straw, it squirted all over me. It went in my eye.
It was hilarious. I missed half of the squat track because I was trying to clean it up. And laughing. And trying to see. I felt sticky the rest of the class, because it was a strawberry lemonade electrolyte tab, and while there isn’t a lot of sugar in them, they’re still sticky.
I don’t know how I would get through a day if I took myself too seriously, and I know I definitely would not have gotten this far in my gym work without being able to laugh.
It was one of the things that I was scared about before I started working out — what if everyone is looking at me? I don’t know why I worry about that so much, but I do. I still care a little bit, but mostly I don’t care if they’re looking at me. I might do something stupid, but no doubt I’ll find it as amusing as they do, so we can just laugh at me together.
Moral of the story: Laugh at yourself. It’s fun (and when you do it at the gym, it’s healthy for your mind AND your body)!

I’m a freak, I’m a weirdo.

You know that weird person at the gym that does all kinds of peculiar things? Yeah, I think that’s me.

I’m outrageously self-concious (read: self-centered and neurotic) when I’m working out. I’m almost positive no one is actually looking at me as I work out, but I am so paranoid that EVERYONE IS LOOKING AT ME! So, then I end up doing something stupid and laughing at myself and looking like even more of a crazy person.

The other day, I was on an elliptical, and I’d just set up the workout I was planning to do (fat burn, for 45 minutes) and I freaked out that I’d lost my phone. I couldn’t find it, where did I put it? I got off the machine, gathered my stuff and went back to the locker room to see if I’d left it in there, or dropped it. Nope. Still freaking out, I went back to the machine to see if I’d left it there and somehow missed it when I looked originally — then I remembered I’d set it on the display screen of the machine when I first got on the machine. So it was quite literally RIGHT IN FRONT OF MY FACE when I was freaking out and not able to find it.

When I was back at the machine, looking because I couldn’t find it, the guy on the machine next to me said, “are you looking for your phone? I just turned it in at the front desk.” Coooooool. So now I know someone saw how neurotic I was. Yikes.

Luckily I was able to get my phone and head back to a different machine (far away from the guy who no doubt thought I was a lunatic) and get my workout in. I spent most of the time I was at the gym laughing at myself, as I do most days. Life isn’t any fun when you take yourself too seriously, and I like my life to be SUPER fun!

I ran two miles in 23 minutes on the elliptical that day! Very impressed with myself! I’ve never, in my whole life, been able to run a mile. Ever. So, doing two that quickly is such a major leap!