This morning I completed 8 weeks of boot camp. Originally I was only going to do 4 weeks, but then I received another 4 weeks as a birthday gift from a very sweet friend (and yes, I was excited about that gift). I am not a morning person at all, but as the weeks went on I found it not so bad to get up at 4:50am in order to make it to the 5:30am boot camp. Who knew?
The instructor treats us all to drinks (not pastries!) at Starbucks after the last session of the month – here we are all sweaty but happy this morning!
Besides the whole getting up early thing, I learned some other things about myself…
I’m very weak. Actually, I was very weak. Now I can actually feel muscles in my arms and it’s not a result of hoisting my 18 pound baby! (Seriously, what’s the deal with that? Shouldn’t I have massive guns since becoming a mom?)
I can workout for an hour and not die. Really!
Measuring inches is key when you’re trying to lose weight and tone up. If I hadn’t been tracking my inches I probably would think Boot Camp hadn’t done much for me because I really haven’t lost much weight in the last 2 months, but I’ve lost just over 12 inches in those 2 months! 12 inches!
I can run faster than I thought! “Testing” this month involved push-ups to the point of fatigue followed by a timed 1 mile run. At the beginning of May I ran the mile in 11:07 which blew me away. I honestly can’t remember the last time I could run one mile in under 12 minutes, let alone so close to 11 minutes. This morning I shaved 29 seconds off that time and ran the mile in 10:38!
20 reps does squat for me, but tell me to do 30 reps of something and my muscles burn like crazy. Now I know to push myself to 30 instead of just calling it good at only 20.
I’ve taken some pictures for a series of chunking up (Lily) and chunking down (me) progress photos. Here’s the first picture and one from this morning! In the first picture I was still sporting maternity clothes and Lily was in size 0-3 month clothes. In the second I’m in regular clothes I had purchased last spring and Lily is in 6 month clothes! Go us!
For you Kansas City area readers, I highly recommend checking out Valeo Boot Camp. It’s early. It’s hard work. It’s early. (Did I mention it’s early?) The sunrises you get to witness are awesome. The results though are so worth the effort! I’m hoping to join them for another month later this summer after Nick’s crazy camp schedule settles down. Yep, I want to voluntarily get up before 5am again!