Week 8: Bootcamp

“Bouncing back” after having a baby is hard, however repetition makes it easier.

Before we set out on our month-long family travel, I signed up for a Bootcamp class that meets 5 mornings a week, for 4 weeks. At long last, the first day of Bootcamp was last Monday, and I was pretty anxious for it to begin. It was hard to consistently exercise while traveling, and once we got home, I got hit really hard with Pneumonia (and Wes, Bronchitis). I was nervous that I wouldn’t be able to keep up with the workouts, or that I would have a coughing spell and wouldn’t be well enough to power through. My alarm went off, I sprang out of bed at 5:30 am and headed down the street to meet my Bootcamp class — a group of women, some who have been coming to this class for the past seven years. Different ages, different physiques, but all with the same goal to just show up every morning at 6:30 to exercise.

Class started at 6:30 am on the dot. It was dark outside. I was the only “new” person to the class. Everyone there had done quite a few bootcamps already. They seemed like a really tight-knit group of women who empower each other to stay fit and be healthy. The first day was hard, yet not impossible. It was mostly a weights and mat routine with runs throughout. Lots of squats. Lots of lunges. My thighs were on FIRE for at least three days. When class was over, I felt such a huge sense of accomplishment. I showed up, I was able to keep up (somewhat), and once it was over, I was already looking forward to the next day’s workout.

Each day that followed consisted of a different kind of workout. One day was TRX bands and a LOT of running. Another day was circuit training. Friday was a timed fitness assessment. It was an extremely intense workout, and to my surprise I completed it all in about 35 minutes. It’s amazing how much stronger I felt after 5 mornings of intense exercise.

In terms of nutrition, I‘ve been trying to eat as much nutritious food as possible. Lots of veggies and protein, and one glass of wine per night ;-) Sometimes I just want to eat a vat of mac n cheese or some slices of deep dish pizza, but then I remember this phrase that I once heard a friend say: “it doesn’t taste as good as skinny feels.”

That’s my update for now. Week two starts tomorrow and the schedule looks something like this:

Monday — Progressive Halloween Circuit. Mats and weights needed.

Tuesday — Game Day. Mats and weights needed.

Wednesday — Medicine Ball Workout. Mats only, no weights needed.

Thursday — Tabatas. Mats and weights needed.

Friday — Cardio and Core. Mats and weights needed.

Wish me luck!

xo,
Jess

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