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On Monday, I started Best Body Bootcamp by Best Body Fitness.  I started it because I wanted a bit of a competition – to challenge myself – and to see if this kind of format would work for me.

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Here’s the format…

It’s an 8-week program.  Every 2 weeks, we get a series of workouts for those 2 weeks.  The workouts include straight cardio, strength, core, and combination strength & cardio.  Tina provides the workouts for 5 of the 7 days, but if you are following a running program or have a class/program you are already doing, you can substitute the workouts as needed.  The goal is to be active at least 5 of 7 days.

Also, each member sets 2 goals for the week.   They can be nutrition (eat more veggies, drink 8 cups of water, etc.), physical (walk a mile each day, etc.), or motivational (journaling each day, etc.).

Tina awards points for the categories – points for exercise, points for goals, and points for blogging/sharing your experience.  She will award prizes throughout the program to those who consistently participate.

Here’s how my week has gone:

  • Monday – I completed the planned workout (strength), finished week 4 of C25k, and completed both goals.
  • Tuesday – Instead of completing the planned workout (cardio), I started week 5 of C24k, and completed both goals.
  • Wednesday – Instead of completing the planned workout (core – I tried it and it was HARD!), I lifted weights with my friend Tracy for an hour.  I only completed 1 of the goals.
  • Thursday – I only finished 1 of the goals.
  • Friday – I completed the planned workout (strength), C25k run, and both goals.
  • Saturday – I only finished 1 of the goals.
  • Sunday – I only finished 1 of the goals.

I didn’t do everything I wanted, but that’s ok.  Part of my struggles were timing.  My goals for the week were to drink 8 cups of water each day and to spend 5 minutes free-writing (as part of January’s BestFoot challenge).  Weekends are hard for me to always get enough water.  They are also hard for me to schedule workouts depending on Hubby’s schedule.  However, for the most part, I did ok, except Thursday when I really didn’t feel all that well.

Next week is a new week and I’m looking forward to pushing myself a little bit more.  Plus, I have 2 new apps to try – Runtastic and Sworkit.  My workout schedule is going to be a little wacky due to some things I have going on, but I will do what I can.  I am keeping the same 2 goals just to keep them in the front of my mind.

Additionally, I started the local Y’s team weight loss competition.  My team seems pretty motivated.  The competition has 8 challenges and 2 weigh-ins. The winning team will win cash, and there are also cash prizes for biggest losing man and woman.

I also started my employer’s BMI challenge.  For that challenge, we have to reduce our BMI by 5% in 12 weeks.  If we succeed, we stay in the challenge for another 12 weeks.  If we maintain or reduce further at the 24-week weigh-in, we can stay in the challenge for another 12 weeks.  At the 36-week weigh-in, if we have maintained or reduced further, we can stay in the challenge until the end.  Overall, if you stay with it, you can earn over $300.

Here’s looking forward to some great challenges!

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What a great way to ring in the new year!  I decided to get involved with my local running club this year and this seemed like a good way to get

The crew willing to run in 20 degrees!

The crew willing to run in 20 degrees!

started.  For the last few years, they have held a New Year’s Day Fun Run/Walk.  They essentially have 3 routes figured out – a 2 mile out-and-back, a 3 mile out-and-back, and a 4.5 mile loop – you pick your distance and speed.  My sources say they run NO MATTER WHAT.  And from what I can see, that’s true.

When I got up yesterday, it was cold.  Forecast was 13 degrees and I’ve never run at that temperature before.  So I layered up – thermal pants under running tights, thermal long-sleeve top under a short-sleeve T under a Carhartt hoodie.  I added a pair of gloves, and my new neck gaitor and stocking hat I received for Christmas.  I figured I would be warm enough…..

I only knew one person when I got there, but quickly made some new acquaintances.  Everyone was super welcoming.  Luckily, the person I knew offered to run with me for a while, which was good because I made myself keep going, when I ordinarily would have slowed down even more.  I know that I was slower than her usual pace, but it was nice to have the company.

Alma & I  (I'm in the back)

Alma & I (I’m in the back)

When it was time for me to turn around, she kept going, but I met up with someone else on my way back and finished the run with her.

My time for the race (as per my Garmin) was 47:35.  Not a great time, but given that the sidewalks weren’t completely clear and I haven’t run much in the last few weeks, I’m ok with it.  If nothing else, it gives me a benchmark for the year and I have something to work on.

I was happy to use this as my Resolution Run for the challenge issued by Run to the Finish & Mommy Run Fast.  My running this year is going to force me to be patient with myself and to be patient with my family.  I often get too anxious about making progress – or rather not making progress as fast as I would like.

Here’s what I learned on this run:

  1. I need to work on my clothing.  I was really cold on the way out, but only slightly warmer on the way back.  Maybe I would have been warmer on a longer distance, but not yesterday.
  2. can come out of my shell when needed to meet new people….even my funky shoes helped me start conversations.
  3. Running with someone is fun and pushes me to keep going…which means I also really need to work on my endurance….(see, patience again!).
  4. I’m looking forward to some of the running club’s group runs.

Did you run on New Year’s?

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I have been reading Amanda Brooks’ blog @ Run to the Finish for several months now.  Her posts are insightful, funny, and make me feel as though we are just hanging out.  She runs BestFoot challenges during the year.  I haven’t done any of them so far, but I liked the one for January 2013 – Golden Mornings.

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The challenge is to spend the first 5 minutes of each day in contemplation – mediation, affirming, free writing, whatever – as long as you connect to yourself.  I usually spend my mornings rushing around because I have overslept or because the girls aren’t moving fast enough (because I overslept).  I bought a small notebook and will leave it by my bed so that I can do this challenge as soon as I wake up.  Instead of hitting snooze 6 times, I will only hit it 5 (grin).

I’m looking forward to this challenge.  Mainly because I am going to tie it in to her One Word for the Year.  My word for the year is Patience.

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My family will tell you that I am not a very patient person.  I want things to be done NOW and I am too quick to jump to conclusions.  I need to stop and think before I react.  I need to realize that results will come.  Things can’t always come when I want them.

My lack of patience affects more than just me.  It affects my husband and my kids.  It affects my job, my workouts, and my health.  My lack of patience causes stress, which ends up spiraling into other things.  I’m hoping that by focusing on being more patient this year things can improve in my life.

What’s Your Word?

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