The scale moved, but only barely. I lost 0.4 pounds this week. Not bad, a loss is a loss and I’ll take it.
I’m not going to do waist/hips etc measurements this week, it’s really too soon since I only took them on Tuesday night. And it’s probably too soon for the scale, but Muvement was an increase in activity, not the beginning.
I raised my calorie count slightly to try and prevent the starvation/binging cycle I seemed to be in, and I think it’s working. I still ate slightly more on workout days, but the “rest” days were pretty compliant.
Sunday I went for a hike. It wasn’t incredibly intense, more like a long walk.
Monday I worked out on my own. 30 mins of circuit training and 60 minutes on the elliptical. It was a pretty good workout.
Wednesday I went to the 7am Muvement class and it kicked my ass. I sweat more in that 25 minutes than I ever did working out on my own. The personal training sessions probably came close, but this was the hardest I think I’ve ever worked. There were 5 stations. You did each station 8 times before moving on to the next. 20 seconds of exercise, 10 seconds of rest, and then the next station. Some stations were split, had multiple exercises, so you’d switch between the two. Michael led the class.
station one: battle ropes and skater lunges
Battle ropes weren’t new to me, massive ropes that you wave up and down as fast as you can to make them all wavy. They are tough though, and by the 4th round I was tired. Skater lunges were new and very hard for me. It’s basically a side-to-side lunge with a little jump. Tough stuff. I was pooped already and there were 4 stations to go.
station two: body weight row and leg lifts
I’ve done plenty of row exercises, so this wasn’t too tough. This is setup by having straps hanging from a beam with handles. You angle your body and pull yourself up using the handles/straps. I was hard on myself here, but I’m pretty strong under this fluff, so was honestly a nice break after those ropes and lunges. The leg lifts were really challenging. My core is pretty weak, and so I had to modify it slightly to participate. This was some WORK even with my modifications. I was a sweaty mess.
station three: tire squats
This station was the reason I had trouble walking. Basically massive construction vehicle tires, and you back up to them so your heels are against the tire, and squat until your butt hits the tire. I couldn’t get my ass all the way down to the tire, but this was a serious workout.
station four: planks
Hold a plank for twenty seconds, rest for 10. Eight times. Sounds simple, but you try it.
station five: shoulder press hop
This was my last station, and I was exhausted. Basic shoulder press with a little hop to give an extra push. This was hard. I ended up cutting out the hop at one point, and then unable to do any more I just tried to hold the weights up.
Thursday I was sore. Very sore. Took a long walk which helped, but I was still sore. Happy, but sore. Did I mention I was sore? SORE.
Friday I meant to do the 7am again, but I just couldn’t get out of bed. Made it to the 5:45 class instead. This time, Melissa led the class and it was 50 seconds of exercise, ten seconds of rest, and cycle through the 5 exercises four times.
station one: horizontal lunges
Ugh, lunges and squats are so tough for me. Hold the weights, sideways lunge. I did two 10lb hand weights each time. This is difficult for me.
station two: battle ropes shoulder press
Looks easy, but it is NOT. Hold the ropes over your shoulders and press straight up to lift them off the ground. Move closer to the wall to make it easier and lift less rope. This burned like mad on the last round and I had to move closer to the wall a couple times. Yowch.
station three: rubber band rows with a squat
Squat down, arms extended holding the rubber bands, stand up and pull bands back, pinching shoulders. This was work, but easier than the rest for me. I used the yellow bands which are higher resistance. I’m feeling this later, but wasn’t hard compared to the rest.
station four: kettle bell one-arm dead lift
While keeping your body square, use one arm to dead lift a kettle bell as many times as you can. Switch arms each rotation. This was tough, but more comfortable than a lot of other stuff. Having the other hand on my hip helped keep me square.
station five: push ups
I’m terrible at these. Melissa helped me with my form a couple of times, which was great. I did them on my knees and constantly struggled to keep my core engaged. I hate push ups.
And that’s it! Today I feel sore, but pretty great. We shall see how I feel tomorrow.
Though the scale didn’t move much, I feel skinny. And I feel like I looked skinnier in the mirror this morning. So, we shall see what next Saturday’s weigh in brings. I want to try to hike in addition to the 3 boot camp sessions this week. I should have more time now that school is on break. And I’m going to stick to the 1700ish calories goal for now.
Week two, I’m ready for you!