Monday, August 6, 2012

The Cruel and Heartless Bitch... Her Name is Zumba

Today I started out my workout with a Zumba class. Harmless, right? Well... mostly. The class is for an hour and after 30 minutes of participation my butt was kicked. Granted today was my very first day of zumba and less than a week of working out... but wow. Luckily my dance skills (from several years of participation) helped me have an easy time with the moves but the intensity was something else.

I am looking forward to returning to the class on Wednesday but I am not going to overdo it or push myself too hard. I need to focus on losing weight and building stamina... not having a heart attack.

Well, since today was my Cardio and Weights day... full of zumba, belly dancing, yoga, the treadmill, and weights, tomorrow will be a nice relaxing  (well somewhat relaxing) day of aquatic exercise and laps in the pool.

I am also looking for a nutritionist or dietitian to help me with better foods to eat and how much calories to take in especially when working out so that I am not "starving" my body. 

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Week 1 Coming To A Close

Well I joined the gym on the 2nd and did my fitness analysis as well as started some fitness classes on the 3rd.

On Friday I started off with a morning Deep Water class which is basically treading water and using different motions. That class really kicked my butt and worked more than I thought. I am looking forward to doing that class again next week. After the water class, I was planning on heading to a step class, but my skin decided to fight getting my clothing on since I was wet. I will have to plan a bit better for next time. Since I didn't make the step class, I was lucky that I brought my knitting to keep me occupied for 45 minutes until my fitness analysis appointment.

The analysis was really easy, just a bit of cardio and gauging how much you can comfortably lift on a few machines and then seeing how many crunches you can comfortably do within a minute. The results were put into a computer and from there a resistance (weight) fitness plan is given to you. You are still responsible for your own cardio.

Yesterday, Saturday, I did my first resistance workout. The weights for the most part were pretty light and the reps were fairly easy but I did definitely feel it while I was working the different muscles. Other than that I did a half hour on the treadmill. I am not sure what it is about the elliptical but even on the lowest incline and resistance, it completely kills my hips. Right now I can only stand to do a few minutes of an elliptical because of that. Several years ago, I used to be able to use an elliptical without any problem.

After I came home I rode my new bike for about 30 minutes. I mapped my ride and I rode a total of 1.50 miles (0.75 one way). The bike definitely will take a bit to build up my endurance. The bike really worked my thighs and hips a lot. The other part that will take a bit to get used to will be the bike seat. It definitely puts pressure in part of my butt that makes it a bit uncomfortable. I really need to find some nice padded biking shorts that fits me.

One revelation is that while I am at the gym, I do enjoy my time. I am hoping that this only increases as time goes on. 

Other happy news is that with my meal plan of taking in around 1450 calories, with exercise this should help me to lose 1.5 lbs each week. And with the weight I am hoping to lose, according to the planner, I will be able to do that in about 70 weeks. That is about 1.5 years which is way ahead of my 5 year goal. I would personally be thrilled if I could lose 1/2 of my planned weight (about 55 lbs) in that time frame. I just need to work out daily and keep pushing myself.