The first day went just as expected, with one exception. I have not added my “before” photo. As it is still very early, I will plan to do this before the week ends. I’ve made a decision since making my declarative, “I begin” statement.
I am not going to discuss numbers.
I am not going to discuss looks.
I made the decision to exercise (again) this year following my annual physical. My annual labs fueled the decision. Cholesterol, sodium, potassium, etc. These are the values that helped moved this decision along. The way I FEEL also helped motivate my decision to exercise and become healthier. I do not like feeling like I cannot run a mile. I do not like becoming winded when I walk up a steep hill. At forty-four, I am still young enough to reverse all of this and live a healthy, good life. Along with the exercise, I am changing the way I am eating. I am eating as clean as I can and still “feel human.”
Yesterday, I did three things. 1) I downloaded an app to my smartphone to assist in tracking my intake. I want to make sure I am eating right. 2) I actually made it to the gym. 3) I met with the gym’s trainer for my focus meeting. These are a requirement of membership.
I belong to a HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) gym. Examples include Boot Camp & Cross Fit. The workouts at my particular gym are always forty-five minutes long. They are designed to build strength and give a very good cardio workout at the same time. Yesterday was leg day. Let me tell you about leg day. I know leg day is necessary and you must focus on the bottom half of your body as much as you must focus on the top and middle. Since beginning my gym membership, I have actually only participated in one other leg day. It was two weeks ago. I was so sore afterward that yesterday was actually my first day back to the gym. I skipped a week and a HALF! Needless to say, I am not a fan of leg day.
You know what? I am not as sore today as I expected. My experience with leg day two weeks ago had me very sore the next day. Actually, I was in pain. For five days. I also know that tomorrow, I will be very sore. I am going back. The best thing for soreness is working out the sore.
I downloaded one of the many available apps to track my caloric intake. One of the things I have noticed when trying to eat healthy is that I am always hungry. I am not eating enough calories. I discovered this very quickly after beginning to enter my intake yesterday. I must work on making sure I have enough calories and that they are the correct type of calories.
I told the trainer what my goal is. In one year, I plan to run a Spartan Sprint. He told me I can do it. He said that I should show up to the gym 4-6 times per week and make sure I am eating enough protein. He outlined three meals, two snacks, two protein shakes per day. The trainer said simply, “make sure you are getting enough protein and the calories will follow. Ignore the rest for now.”
There you have it. Day one is complete. Day two is underway. I have the gym clothes in the car, so I can go back to the gym tonight. Update tomorrow!