Let me start this week by saying that I have never actually been physically beaten, but if I had, I think I would feel like I do right now.
This past week has been a real eye-opener for me, to say the least. I mean, let's face it, we are taking somebody who used to go to work, come home, eat and relax as a lifestyle and making them someone who is working out for an hour a day. Not to mention the diet that I am following. I am eating now in a day what I very easily could have eaten in one meal before.
And when I say I am a nonathletic person, I am not exaggerating this in the least. I was the kid on the playground who was never a good runner, so most of my elementary school childhood I spent being "it" on the playground while playing tag. I can't say that I feel very confident athletically at all.
I really put forth a good effort to do my 30-minute Curves circuit every day, but then I am also trying to fit extra activities into my life as well. Things I can do to keep me off the couch, so to speak.
I have tried many new things this past week. On New Year's Day, one of my good friends and I took my son snow tubing. I wasn't actually planning on counting this as a workout because you stand on a carpet lift to go up the hill. Well, by the end of the three hours, I decided that it did count. Getting up off the ground, out of the tube, in snow gear made me feel like a turtle on its back. Do that 20 or 30 times and you get tired! We had a blast, though, no matter how ridiculous I may have looked. Also, it showed my son that I am gonna start getting out and being more active with him. It felt good to see him actually get physically worn out for a change. We will be going back sometime this winter for sure!
Also, I walked on a treadmill this past week. I was shocked that I actually went for 32 minutes straight. I set a cardio program in the machine and even walking on an incline! The bummer was, that after 32 minutes, I had only burned 225 calories. It really helped me put in perspective how long we have to work to burn off unwanted calories. Suddenly, that slice of pizza didn't seem so tempting!
I also tried an elliptical trainer. I only made it for 10 minutes; it really kicked my butt! I was expecting that to be a little easier than it was, but at least I have a starting point. This week I want to try to increase my stamina so I can go longer periods at a time.
My favorite new exercise this past week had to be trying a Zumba class. They offer this at the Norwalk Curves twice a week. I was nervous about this because I rented the Zumba video game for our Xbox 360 Kinect, and I couldn't even pass the tutorial! If my friend Tracie wasn't going to be meeting me, I honestly probably would have ditched. But thank God I didn't! We had a blast! We didn't have all the moves down, but we moved and had fun, and quite a few laughs along the way. I am looking forward to going back for more.
Now that I am actually getting out there, it isn't as hard as I expected, and looking back on the week, I feel very accomplished on what I have done. If you would have asked me seven days ago if I could have done any of these things, let alone ALL of them, the answer would have simply been "no." But with the encouragement I have been getting from family and friends, and the strength I have been getting from God, I keep reminding myself that with Him all things are possible.
Today I start my second week on this crazy journey and instead of feeling like it is going to be hard work, I am starting to think that it's gonna be a fun and wild ride!