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Operation Boot Camp: PT Test Results

Yesterday was bootcamp “graduation!” We did our final PT test to see how much we’ve improved over the month. I made it through the mile run, only feeling the burn at the very end, which was all the way uphill. But, I saw great improvements!!

Mile Run time: Day 1 – 11:08; Day 30 – 9:48! Shaved about 1 1/2 minutes off my mile!

Pushups (for one minute): Day 1 – 6 regular, 6 assisted; Day 30 – 32 regular!

Situps (for one minute): Day 1 – 25; Day 30 – 30 (not a huge increase, but I kept better form since the first day)

Tricep Dips (for one minute): Day 1 – 29; Day 30 – 46!

I have not weighed myself yet, so I don’t know the pounds lost. I do know I’ve lost about 2 inches from my chest and at least an inch from my waist (I can comfortable zip up my smaller pants again!).

As far as other goals I had set for the month:

1)lose an inch from my waistline (check!)

2)Slim stomach and add some muscle definition (stomach is definitely slimmer, and starting to see a little bit of muscle back again!)

3)Shave minute of mile run (check, 1 1/2 minutes!)

4)gain muscle in arms and back (I’ve got guns!)

5) Have a “can do” attitude (sometimes, it was hard, but through yesterday’s mile run, I kept thinking “I can do this, I can do this.”)

6)drink more water (check! 8-10 glasses a day)

7)Perfect attendance (ALMOST perfect. Just missed one day due to an appointment, but I did homework)

8)Cut caffeine (I’ve only had 3 cups of coffee all month. Check!)

So, I have a little rest this weekend, and then back at in on Monday! I probably won’t blog about it as much. I’m only going three days a week because May is a busier month, but I’m excited about the improvements I’ve seen this month!

You may be right, I may be crazy

Yep, they told me it would happen.

I’d get addicted to boot camp.

Maybe it’s my newly formed biceps, or the fact that my stomach is slimming, or that I can run a mile again without feeling like dying.

Well, I signed up for bootcamp again in May.

It’s just three days a week in May, so not AS intense as this month, but something to keep the momentum moving forward. It’s like I’m weaning myself off bootcamp, so that I don’t just go back to my couch potato ways. No more couch potato, I’m a lean mean fat burning machine. Or, something.

ohhhhh, we’re halfway there

Halfway through bootcamp that is!

Other than Saturday, it’s been really easy to stick to the diet plan. Having a group of people to work out with is a huge motivator. Myfitnesspal.com is also a great tool for counting calories and nutrients, and keeping track of food and exercise.

I’ve noticed by the end of week 2 that my stamina increased tremendously. I went on a run on my own again this weekend, and I actually enjoyed it and could have run longer, except the sun was going down.

I notice the muscle definition most in my arms, which is great for my strapless wedding dress. I was able to fit into my old pant size, although, I would still like to lose a little more in the tummy area. But this morning was the first time I started to see a hint of muscle definition in my stomach.

I’m going to commit myself fully to the final two weeks of bootcamp. They are short weeks, only four days, and luckily, there isn’t much planned to tempt me to cheat this next weekend. I’m also running a 5K on Saturday.

Once bootcamp is over, I’m going to start acting like I’m training for a 1/2 marathon, and put myself onto a 1/2 marathon running schedule. I might repeat bootcamp in July also.

So two more weeks and I’ll weigh myself, and measure myself and see what the final PT results are!

OBC: Last Day of Week 2

Today is the last day of week 2 of Operation Boot Camp. I think we might be working out in the rain today, as long as their isn’t any lightning. The weird thing is, I’m NOT hoping for a cancellation. I’d actually be really bummed if I couldn’t work out today. Weird, huh? Must be those exercise endorphins kicking in, I’m getting addicted.

Yesterday’s workout was really hard, but fun. It was basically a relay, with cones set up. We would spring to a cone, and then have to do situps in increasing increments at each cone. The next time through the course, pushups, and so on. The workout went by pretty fast yesterday.

Also, I’m noticing that I’m not as winded during the warm-up anymore. The first week I was huffing and puffing two minutes in. This week, I’m jumping up and down and shouting out “one, two, three, four” with vigor.

My favorite phrase from OBC is “Jack it Out,” meaning do jumping jacks through whatever pain you are feeling. I’m juvenile, so I always giggle when they say that.

My goal today is not to cry. I cried in last Friday’s workout. Real tears, streaming down my face. I’m hoping that doesn’t happen today, but they seem to go really hard on us on Fridays.

Homework for the week focuses on tightening our buns!

Operation Boot Camp – Day 2 (and upcoming giveaway!)

Stay tuned for tomorrow, I’ll be hosting an exciting giveaway on the blog!!

Meanwhile, I survived day 2. I almost cried yesterday. It’s the running, it kills me. What happened to the girl who powered up hills in San Francisco?

Yesterday was our “guts and guns” workout. Working on our arms and abs, of course. The instructors are really motivating, and helpful. And I think they can tell when you are at your limit.

I did well with the arm and ab workouts, but I definitely hit my wall with the running in between sets. We had a new member of the group yesterday, and I could tell she was also not thrilled about the running. I think we’ll be suprised by week four how much we’ve improved.

I was SO SORE again last night, and I could barely make it down the stairs this morning. I’m moving slow today and hoping I’ll feel better by the workout tonight.

It’s sort of like Alcoholics Anonymous, you just gotta keep coming back.

Operation Bootcamp – day 1

I really thought I was going to die yesterday. Sadly, I suck at running, and when I run on my own, it’s more of a run/walk.

Well, when the OBC instructors say they will push you, they aren’t lying. I had to run a mile, no walking, and see how my time was.

It didn’t help that my friend Beth and I were the only one’s at the workout yesterday (and the rest of the group, joining today are OBC veterans).

Beth is in great running shape. I’m not sure what her time was, but after I crossed the finish line at 11 minues and 8 seconds, they had her doing lunges. No rest time for us.

After that mile, I was huffing and puffing (doesn’t help that I’m getting over a bad cough/cold) and I thought I might throw up for a second. But, I pulled myself together and survived day 1.

My PT results for Day one (to be compared to the final day):

Mile run: 11:08

Pushups: 6

Assisted pushups: 6

Sit-ups: 25

Tricep Dips: 29

I should take my measurements so I can compare those too.

I survived, onto day 2! Since it rained last night, it’s sure to be a muddy session.