Wednesday, November 2, 2011


Like any girl, I've always been up and down in my weight.  In high school, you really take for granted that thing called metabolism.  In college, I discovered beer. (sorry Mom)  After graduation, I quit drinking beer every night and lost some of that weight.  I got skinny for my wedding, then put on some pounds after. 

Then came kids.  With both pregnancies, I gained 60lbs each time.  After Moose, I went back down a little, and I was about 25lbs overweight when I started taking adderall for my shopping compulsions.  The adderall definitely helped with the eating compulsions as well, and helped with portion control, and I got back down to my wedding weight. 

I have worked out a few times in the 3 years since Moose has been around.  I joined a 24hr. gym after he was born, and would work out at 10pm.  That didn't last very long.  So I basically have done nothing for almost 5 years, since the Princess has been born. 

My only form of exercise lately has been climbing 4 flights of stairs in the garage when I leave work.  I am reminded each day that even though I may look skinny, I am probably the most unhealthy and out-of-shape 'skinny' you could be.  When I get to the top of that 4th flight, my heart is beating out of my chest, and I am out of breath for the next 10 minutes.  Sad.  Very sad. 

And on top of that, I have just felt like crap, and haven't felt good in my own skin.  I have been proud of my 'moose pouch', but lately, I can't say that the pouch is from the Moose, it's from not moving!  I know what gets rid of 'the pouch'.  I hear and see Dr. Oz on an Oprah show in head, holding up pounds of fat, saying, "Cardio, cardio, cardio!"  ewww.  

Mentally I have also felt 'blah', and I hear Elle Woods (Legally Blonde) in the courtroom scene in my head, "Exercise gives you endorphins!  Endorphines make you happy!"

In the back of my head, I knew that it's time to do something.  But when?  I work full-time, and don't want to do any classes that interfere with the 3-4 hours I have with the kids.  And lord knows that a 10pm workout isn't going to cut it right now.

So what is the obvious choice?  A 5am workout?  Um, as Whitney Houston would say, 'Hell to the no!'  (excuse my french)

I have never been a morning person.  I am known to snooze at least 10 times in my sleep before I even hear the alarm.  I was late for high school almost every day.  I even had a t-shirt that looked just like this:


So what I have I done?  I've signed up for a 5:15am bootcamp, for 5 weeks, on MWFs. 

Yep. I know.  I'm crazy.  But it's the only choice I have. 

I set my phone alarm for 4:30am and leave it in the kitchen.  So I have to get up and turn it off.  I keep my clothes in the den, so I have no reason to walk back into the bedroom.  Once I change my clothes, I am ok. 

This is my 2nd week.  The bootcamp is great, in that it is different everyday, and I get an awesome workout before my brain and body comprehends what is going on.  There are about 20 women in my class, which is like peer pressure in a positive way.  I push myself a lot more than I would working out by myself.  I'm not sure I could do what we do at 7pm at night, when my brain and body are already tired.  To say that I am sore is an understatement.  But even after 3 work-outs, I can see my body changing.  And I've even thought about signing up for a 5k.  WTH?

Our 'drill sergeant', Adina, is motivating in a nice way. I have 'planked' more in 3 sessions than I have ever dreamed about planking.  It's hard to explain what we do...a lot of circuit training for sure.  I will tell you I do a lot of cussing in my head during that 1 hour (sorry again Mom).  It's horrible, but great at the same time.

I missed this morning's session.  I went to bed too late, and 4:30am came really early.  I went back to bed, but have regretted it all day.  Adina sent me an email to see when I was coming back.  I definitely need the accountability, for sure. 

Don't worry, you won't hear me talk about this bootcamp stuff a lot.  Who wants to hear about a girl exercising to get healthy and feel good for grins & giggles, and not really to lose weight?  Not me for sure.  But I'll let you know how it goes at the end of the 5 weeks.

Happy bootcamping!