Archive for February, 2009

Boot Camp

I’ve been participating in a “boot camp” exercise program for the last week and a half and overall it’s going well.  However, I have a long, long road ahead of me.

Generally I’m finding I can do all of the exercises asked of me (except jumping… I hate jumping!). I don’t necessarily enjoy them but I can do them. The problem I’m experiencing is that my endurance levels are no where near where they should be. In order for me to maintain some semblance of “keeping up” with the group I usually cut things short. If the group runs 4 laps, I run 2 1/2. If the group does 30 jumping jacks at the line I do 22. If we’re asked to do 50 crunches I’ll do 44… all so that I don’t hold up the group. I don’t feel bad about this because I’m putting in the time and effort but I do wish I had been able to maintain some of my endurance. It’s amazing what just 8 weeks of slacking off can do to ones progress.

It’s been great to have a friend in the class with me too. Frankly I don’t think I would have been brave enough to tackle it on my own. I’m by far the biggest person in the class, and that doesn’t bother me because at least I’m there and trying, but my size does make me slow as tar when compared to other boot camp attendees. Having Michelle there to be my partner for exercises, so I don’t get picked last, and to chat with, so I don’t die of bordom and pain during 50 minutes of lunges and squates, has been great.

I feel truly blessed to have supportive and encouraging people around me. I often want to give up and I often do give up, for awhile, but remembering everyone who is rooting me on helps me to pick myself back up and try again.

Do I want to go to bootcamp again Friday? No way! But I will go and I’ll go cheerfully because I know it is the right thing for me. And I’ll so glad I did when class is over.