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.



  1. Sarah Said:

    It is much easier to stick to things when you have support. I am proud of you for continuing on with your journey!

  2. wyogranny Said:

    Be the Dino! Good for you. Love ya.

  3. Teresa Said:

    I was looking at some old pictures on my computer last night. I found some of you (that must have come off Sherry’s camera when she had me help her with something). In looking at pictures of both of us, it was reinforced how far we really have come. You are doing an amazing thing Karen. Thanks for being my inspiration! Love your guts!

  4. Devin Said:

    Keep the good work. Devin thanks you for the bath toys we had a fun time with them this evening for bath time. Thanks your awesome

  5. drubabe Said:

    I’ve noticed the affects of slacking off, too. In P.E, if we missed a day of running, the next day’s laps were twice as bad. It never seems to get easier after you hit a certain point. Just bearable. We love you Karen!

  6. Magon Said:

    I am proud of you for working again. Can I make a tiny suggestion, though? If you can keep the weight off and maintain a minimal amount of “in shapeness” then get back into the swing of things is not nearly as difficult as you may think. But don’t stress about keeping up with every one else. Just push yourself harder and faster every day and you will find that you do keep up with the group. You are great and the harder you work the greater you feel inside. I love ya!

  7. Teresa Said:

    I need more Karen posts! 🙂

  8. drubabe Said:

    Me To! Karen! Karen! Karen!

  9. jaz Said:

    gee whiz! I had no idea about the MS… You are a beautiful writer – have you ever thought about ‘writing’? You are so excellent with words! What a beautiful post! I can relate to so much of it 🙂

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