Boot Camp: Day 1

One’s philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes. In the long run, we shape our lives and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And, the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.–Eleanor Roosevelt

Lifetime Fitness Boot camp Day 1:

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?! πŸ˜‰ 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 πŸ™‚
I’m still aiming for 45 minutes cardio today and definitely some stretching. Looking forward to day 2 tomorrow!!

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