I thought we’d get right to it, but it turns out that day 1 was mostly evaluation/assessment day to see our current body composition, strength, endurance & flexibility. Great start because it’s very important to measure where go start so you can evaluate your progress. We still have to do a run on Wednesday or Friday, but we finished half the testing and had a brief 20 minute workout that provided some foreshadowing: My suspicion is that we will master push ups lunges and squats very quickly!! My push up test on day 1: 30 full push ups and 10 more on my knees and I’m feeling them today!
Oh, and I also found out that we’re supposed to turn in a food diary every Friday b/c they want to make sure we’re not sabotaging our workouts with poor nutrition habits. Wow! Excellent plan, but how do I hide or curb my sweet tooth?! 😉 I think I found the answer! I used to make smoothies and drink various protein shakes, just to get more protein but many times, I would choke them down because they were chalky or had some aftertaste. I do love my new shake from the Visalus TSS system. It fortunately helps satisfy my sweet tooth and is more than acceptable to record in a food log, unlike a “2lb bag of York peppermint patties” (my weakness!)
However, I strongly believe in moderation. In my training days, I would encourage the 80/20 rule (or 90/10): 80% of the time…make sure you are exercising and making healthy nutrition choices, but 20% of the time, enjoy a few treats; rest; relax. I also found that once you are in this mode, on the weekends or whenever you choose to have your “treat” day – you might actually eat better or less because it just tastes different – or makes you feel lousy physically.
So yes….I did record on my first food log: 1 cadbury cream egg 🙂
I’m still aiming for 45 minutes cardio today and definitely some stretching. Looking forward to day 2 tomorrow!!