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Weekly Recap: Best Body Bootcamp – Week 1

Posted Oct 28 2012 10:00am

It is the beginning of the bootcamp and I am super excited. I wrote a little bit about my expectations and changes about it in my Monday post . Here is the time I go through each day, talking about how the workouts went and more. I will also let you know my two goals for the week and whether I have reached them. I’m only going to weigh myself on the start of the bootcamp, once in the middle, and at the end. I tend to get obsessive over my weight and I just want to focus on being healthy, keeping track of my calories, and doing the workouts while staying active throughout the day. I’ve gained 8 lbs since my lowest weight of the year in the past month from overeating so this has set me back. Thankfully, through this bootcamp I hope to have lost that gain and more. Hopefully, by the end of the bootcamp I will be at or near my goal weight of 122-120 lbs. There’s wiggle room because of muscle weight and whatnot. But mostly, I am looking to fall back in love with tough exercise, staying on track, and continuing to further my progress and journey even after the two months are through.

Weekly goals:

  • Goal 1: Do not eat more than 1,350 calories per day.
  • Goal 2: Drink at least 8 glasses of water per day.

Monday:

As soon as I woke up, I went to my building’s gym to do the full body workout A. It was awesome; the shoulder raise killed my shoulders, I only did 10lbs but I was pretty loud about it haha. I think I would have done 8lbs if we had those in my building’s gym. But it’s probably good that we don’t, at least I’m pushing through and actually did all reps necessary. The scorpion was kind of annoying cause I kept falling off the ball, so I ended up doing some of these near a wall so I was a bit more steady. I didn’t really feel like the full body circuit was that tough otherwise and I might have to pump up the intensity next time.

The intervals kicked my butt – I was sweaty and red in the face for a good 45 minutes after the workout. I’m not used to doing HIIT much but I am totally looking forward to doing this more. I warmed up at 3.5 mph; did work intervals at 1.5 incline 7.0 mph and the recovery intervals at 1.5 incline and 4.0 mph. I cooled down at at steady 4.0 mph while taking down the incline by half every minute or two. Great workout!

It’s the evening and I already feel sore in my shoulders and my upper back from the rows. Can’t say I don’t love it :) Feels good to be back on track and feeling sore. Looking forward to a steady tomorrow.

  • Calories consumed: 1146
  • Glasses drunk: 8

Tuesday:

My phone died during the night but thankfully I woke up in time to get ready for work. Sadly, I planned to work out in the morning and didn’t get to. I ended up working out in the evening. I did 40 minutes on an elliptical, pretty steady at resistance 3-4 but the incline was ranging from low intervals at 3 to higher intervals at 5-6. It went pretty easily because I was reading Fifty Shades during the cardio. I love reading books during steady cardio because it makes the time fly by! Easy but sweaty. I like.

The plank work killed me, my back was hurting a whole lot in the last 2 sets of the planks and I had to cheat in the end by putting my knees down more than I wanted to. But my back by the spine was just hurting way too much. Gah.

  • Calories consumed: 1067
  • Glasses drunk: 8

Wednesday:

I woke up kinda hungry and I understand why – I didn’t have that many calories over the past 2 days – therefore I decided not to work out on empty stomach today. I went to class and came back and had more energy from food so I managed to do the workout in the afternoon during my long break between classes. I started off with the intervals – I went on the treadmill and got up to 12 minutes but my knees were really hurting. I think this means I really need to get new shoes, right? I hopped off the treadmill cause I didn’t want to hurt myself further and went on an elliptical where I altered the levels for the intervals. It was a good cardio nonetheless although I’m sure I would have worked myself harder if I did the HIIT on the treadmill the whole time. Oh well.

The full body circuit was a tough one – I did the bosu squat and push the first two times had to do the push with the dumbbells separately from the squat on the bosu because I couldn’t stay balanced. The third time I managed to do both at the same time! Great success. Oh yeah, I also today realized why some girls wear makeup to work out – I had makeup on since I went to class… if I didn’t have makeup on, I KNOW I would have been super red on the face but thanks to makeup, I wasn’t – I looked pretty good. Sweaty, but at least not that red on the face.

  • Calories consumed: 1300
  • Glasses drunk: 9

Thursday:

I like these steady cardio days, they’re like an active rest day – no need to think too much, just hopped on the treadmill when I woke up and did a jog interlaced with some fast-paced walking on an incline of 6. I still consider this steady cardio though because it was the same amount of exertion at both intervals and the intervals weren’t really premeditated – just kind went from jogging to walking because my knees were still kind of hurting, and then I decided to finish with a jog again for the last 7 minutes.  Finished the workout off with plank work, which went significantly easier than the last one! My back didn’t hurt as much, thankfully. I held a minute or so glute bridge afterwards to calm down my back a bit. I wish the building’s gym had a foam roller… I need it. My legs are really tight and my back would need it too. I might have to go workout in my real gym tomorrow and use the foam roller there.

Oh yeah, I also purchased new shoes yesterday which I got to try out today: Nike Free TR Fit 2 . They’re cute and comfy, I can see why training shoes would be better for me – there is a lot more stability. Surprisingly, the price online is higher than what I paid in store – I paid $80. Anyway, I also got these cool insoles with them to give more support and be more comfortable.

I have to admit though, I’m not used to running with not so much support as the shoes I used before. I might look to invest in actual running shoes too eventually. Once I get more money maybe.

  • Calories consumed: 1245
  • Glasses drunk: 8

Friday:

I started off with the unilateral full body workout and I have to say it started off tough but I surprised myself with my strength. For all of the weights I expected to do, I had to up that on each exercise. I did rows with 20 lbs and the rest of the exercises ranged from 10 to 15 lbs. The ball one legged squats were killer and I didn’t go all the way down to the full squat…. so tough! I have to say my new shoes are definitely helping and I feel a lot more stable – training shoes were definitely the way to go for me.

I really enjoyed my HIIT workout, I decided to do intervals A and I enjoyed it – I like that it keeps you changing the pace so that you don’t get bored, plus the workout goes much faster that way. I warmed up going up on the speed little by little, my speed interval was done at 1% incline 7.0 mph and the recovery was done on 1% incline 4.0 mph. I cooled down with a nice jog at 5.5 mph. This interval workout wasn’t nearly as intense as the first time I did it and that might be because the incline wasn’t as big as it was on Monday. Or maybe I’m improving in my running capacity for intervals already? Whichever it is, I’m liking it.

  • Calories consumed: 1300
  • Glasses drunk: 9

Saturday:

I did a Zumba class but I wasn’t really into it too much. I miss Miguel, our old instructor. The current one just doesn’t get the class as pumped up and excited as Miguel did. I was actually counting down the minutes till the class be over – I wasn’t feeling it at all. Sigh.

I ended with some foam rolling. I felt awkward doing it, cause I don’t really know how to foam roll… gonna have to look into that one!

  • Calories consumed: 1300
  • Glasses drunk: 8

Questions for you:

 If you’re participating in BBB, how did your week go?

What’s been your favorite workout so far?

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