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Post 28 Day Bootcamp- What's next?

Monday, May 16, 2011

Quite a journey it has been to finish. And I can't say I was always 100% successful, but I stuck it out knowing I did the absolute best I could! I've learned a few things along the way that I didn't know I could do...

I doubled up ALL the toning videos every day this final week. I made myself do them all twice because I knew for myself it was time to step it up. Doing them twice made me feel incredible and to me showed improvement from the very first week- that I had gained so much that I needed to increase the intensity and make it more challenging.

I also discovered I was willing to make sacrifices of petty things to make sure I got my workout in for the day. If I was invited to lunch, I would ask to meet a half hour later just to make sure I got in either cardio, toning, or both before heading out. I also discovered I actually could make myself do my workout no matter what time of day it was. I believed prior to this challenge that I could talk myself out of a workout if I waited too late in the day to do it. But here it is, 8pm, and I'm finishing up my 40 minutes of cardio and two toning videos. Booyah! I also noticed I'm more conscious of what I'm eating. Whether its a day I'm tracking, a day I'm tracking my fruits/vegetable servings only, or not tracking at all, I'm more aware of what I'm ingesting. I can't say that I'm ready to be tracking my meals regularly, but I think a deeper awareness is a good step in the right direction. I'm more than happy with that.

Tomorrow is the day I will weigh and measure to see my progress. For my future fitness goals, I'm going to do at least 3 days of cardio, 40 minutes (and increasing as I build stamina) and at least 2 days of strength training, on alternating days. If I can fit in more, then by all means I will. At a minimum, though, those are my goals. And of course I will increase the exercise as I build my endurance. My roommate says I should challenge myself to double the 28 days and make my own bootcamp for 56 days. I may consider doing that as well. I also am going to continue to expand my nutrition awareness and what sort of foods I'm eating. I'm going to take it to the next level and go to culinary school AND look into a Registered Dietitian program through the American Dietetics Association. I've been inspired by this program and encouraged for the last year by several close people in my life.

So, I'll edit this on Monday with my measurements to see how I progressed. I'm hoping to see some results. *Crosses fingers!*

Weight: 192.5 (up 1lb from last week! WHY?!?!)
Waist: 45.5" (down from 46")
Hips: 36" (down from 36.75")
Right Thigh: 14.25" (down from 14.25")
Left Arm: 28.25" (down from 28.5")
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