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Getting to goal, one choice at a time …

And so it begins

On Sunday, after writing my Week One Wrapup, I mentioned to the Boyfriend that I feel better when I exercise. He replied, “Well, yeah. It releases endorphins.”

Says the tennis pro. Exercise is second nature to him. Maybe I’ll soon be able to say the same thing about myself.

Don’t laugh. It’s not completely out of the realm of possibility. When I belonged to the gym, I sometimes went more than once a day to attend classes (like step aerobics in the morning, yoga in the afternoon).

Having started Week Two of Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp today, I feel like I’m on my way to re-establishing exercise as a regular part of my life.

I still only made it through two circuits, because I started to feel lightheaded during the second one. But it did seem like the moves were a little easier today.

Note I said “a little.” The workout still kicked my butt. It just seemed like my butt was kicked a tiny bit less. I guess that means I’m getting stronger? Maybe next week I’ll be able to do all three.

I sure feel stronger already. For my first set of bicep curls this morning, I used the Boyfriend’s 10-pound weights. Ten pounds! (Yeah … I went down to the smaller weights for the second set. I couldn’t stomach the thought of lifting those 10-pounders again.)

I was pretty pleased with myself after Monday's workout. Maybe I was basking in the "my thighs look good" feeling?

I did a quick 10-minute warmup before I started the strength circuit. While I was on the elliptical, I looked down at my yoga-pant-covered thighs and didn’t recognize them. They seemed thinner and more toned. I really need to take some measurements so I can keep track of my progress.

On Tuesday’s agenda? Cardio … and the purchase of a new sports bra. Any of you fellow C-cups have recommendations for me? I used to have three of the Target C9 ones that I liked (in black, aqua and peach), but can’t find a one. (They must be hiding out on the Island of MIA Workout Equipment, along with the dumbbells I have yet to track down.)

I think I’ll keep the same goals for this week, then switch it up in Week Three:

  1. Track my eats using my Atkins iPhone app. Missed Friday and Saturday afternoon/evening last week.
  2. Brush and floss every night before bed. I did this every night last week, and my teeth are happier for it.

I’ll leave you with a very different picture, taken Friday morning after I attempted to do Workout C.

This is my "Workout C kicked my a$$" face.

Yeah. I should have known I was in trouble when I couldn’t get the lid on my water tumbler. But I continued on my merry way — and liked to have died before I got partway through the first circuit.

I don’t think there’s anything anyone can do to make me love pushups.

I should have known what I was in for last week when it took a good five minutes to get this tumbler's lid on straight.

I can’t wait to see who wins the Week One prize.

Results will be announced on Tina’s blog this morning.

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This entry was posted on March 13, 2012 by in Move It and tagged , , , , .

Losing weight is easy …

... if you're in a coma, maybe. Most of us have to work at it — every day and every minute. It's not easy to make the right choices, to drink water instead of (diet) soda, pick the grilled chicken sandwich instead of a burger or choose to get up and get moving instead of lounging around in bed. After too many months of making the wrong choices under the guise of dabbling with paleo eating, I've re-joined Weight Watchers (online). My choices may no longer be low-carb or Whole30 or paleo, but the concept is the same: I'm still getting closer to my goal weight one choice at a time.

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