Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Last Chance Workout Boot Camp

It's no secret that I had the most success in weight loss with the Redbook experiment during the month of January. It was during this time that I took part in the Last Chance Workout (among other things), pumping out the pounds to the barking of Jillian Michaels and annoying tempo music. (Usually I just put it on mute and watch Buffy on my laptop at the same time. It's motivating to watch Buffy kick vampire trash while I pump 5 lbs iron and sink into blood-sucking squats.) It's a killer workout that works you from every angle and keeps your blood pumping and your heart-rate up. I really love it...when I'm not hating it.

I have a friend who came to me with resolve on her face and said, "I'm gonna do the redbook experiment. I'm going to start with January and do everything that you do. This is flattering on 2 levels. First, she must've thought I looked pretty good to volunteer for Jillian Michaels torture. Second, somehow in the last few months, I have become a source on inspiration to people. That works out nicely, b/c it helps me stay focused and motivated to continue working hard.

A few weeks later I inquired about her progress. At this point in the game, my friend shoulda been running stairs for 45 minutes a few times a week. I was dying to know how the Dreaded Stair Week was going.
"I just keep staring at week one," said my friend. Too freaked out at the intense workout and dietary changes from week one, my friend hadn't even begun.

I remember feeling that way. I remember saying things like, "I'll always be heavy because I like food too much." I remember feeling hopeless and simultaneously trying to brainwash myself into believing I was happy at the size I was 4 years ago. I believed I was happy, and on many levels I was, but health-wise, I couldn't play with my kid like I wanted. Going up the 2 flights of stairs to our apartment on the 3rd floor was a "solid workout" in my eyes. Why? Because it made me sweat and I was out of breath as I slid the key into the lock. If I had to do that while carrying a car seat too, well then I could eat 2 bowls of ice cream that day.

The truth was in the sugar-free pudding though. My health was visibly declining. In my 20's--the prime of my life!--I had become nearly diabetic.And for what? A boat of Alfredo sauce to dip my endless bread sticks in at the Olive Garden? A slice of carrot cake the size of my foot? I may not even have that foot in another decade. I was eating my way to the grave. My coffin would lie under 6 feet of Wendy's bacon cheeseburgers and custard-filled doughnuts.

I don't know what to say to that friend who recoiled at week January: Week 1, except it pays off.

I've done the LCW DVD 4 times, and it took off 2 of the lbs I gained back during my teacher conference week. It's worth it, not only because you'll look good but you'll feel good. Feel like you can achieve things you never thought possible. Things like:

  • running stairs for 45 minutes 3x a week
  • training for a running a 5K
  • going for a 4 hour walk
  • hiking all day long in Moab
  • doing mountain climbers
  • Zumba
  • fitting into size 10 jeans 
  • graduating at the top of your pole-dancing class
  • Doing a backflip on the trampoline at 30 years old (Don't believe me? I feel a videotape in the works.)
It's been a long hard journey. I don't expect it will ever be as easy as it was putting the weight on, but I'm not doing to die of obesity.

See you tonight, Jillian. Work out my glutes please. It's bathing suit season.

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