As I pulled my van into the fitness studio, Alex was waiting for me in the parking lot. No sooner did I lock the van doors than he had me in the first move. He had a TRX system attached to the outside of the building, and we spent most of the first 40 minutes working with that. And let me tell you, it was HARD! I felt like a wimp, and was panting like a dog half of the time. The rest of the first 40 minutes was spent doing a workout using metal rails in the parking lot... jumps, push-ups, wall sits, knee lifts, lunges... oh my.
With shaky arms and legs, we went inside for the last 10 minutes and did some legwork. We never touched a weight (other than my own body weight), but I got a serious strength workout. I am hooked.
I will say that it was harder than I thought it would be. He timed my breaks and only allowed them between every two exercises. I even felt like crying at one point (sissy!) and had moments of the "I can't do this" feeling, which I promptly swallowed and kept hidden. But it gave me a real wake-up call to see how out of shape I am on the strength side. I can run for 3 hours straight, but I can not even do a single real push-up. How sad.
I will be meeting with Alex on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and I really think that this is the push that I need to take my goals to the next level. I am also following the food plan that he recommended, and I love it. I even turned down bakery cake at work and popcorn at the movies tonight, and I really did not feel bad about it. You will find a typical day's menu below to see the kind of food that is on the plan, and it is whole and healthy food and not the protein-laden fare that I expected (thank goodness!).
In addition to radically changing my diet this week, I also cut out almost all artificial sweeteners... and once the Light & Fit yogurt is gone, I plan to cut it out altogether. I changed from Splenda to stevia in my coffee, and it has been just fine. I did have a crazy-tired detox day on Wednesday, and had to talk the child into going to bed with mommy at 8:00 p.m. I slept until 5:45 a.m., felt rested, and have been feeling better ever since.
I had a run planned for this morning, a five miler, but frankly my poor body could only handle 2 so I cut it WAY short. I felt like the walking wounded both from the workout (and sore muscles from) the night before and from the early morning workout time (5:45 a.m. instead of my typical 6:30 p.m.). Can you say BOINK???
I am really excited about working with Alex. I am in for 24 more sessions, which should take me right up to the weekend of my next half marathon on September 12th. Which brings me to my big concern, that I will not have enough time to properly train for the half. If it comes down to it and I have to make a choice, my choice is working with Alex. I am not giving up the ghost, but as a single mom who works full-time and commutes 2+ hours a day on top of that, I just do not see how I am going to be able to fit two training sessions and three runs in each week. But I am going to try.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
|Bread - Ezekial 4:9 (1 slice), 2 serving||160||8||0||30|
|Average Roma Tomato, 1 serving||16||1||0||4|
|Avocados, California (Haas), 0.5 fruit without skin and seeds||144||2||13||7|
|Olive Oil, 1 1tsp||40||0||5||0|
|Basil, 4 leaves||1||0||0||0|
|Honey Mustard, 2 tsp||20||0||0||2|
|Milk, nonfat, 0.5 cup||43||4||0||6|
|Bird Eye Steamfresh Broccoli Florets, 4 cup||120||4||0||16|
|Orange Pepper (bell pepper - 3-3/4" long, 3" dia), 186 gram(s)||50||2||0||12|
|Taboule Salad, 10 tbsp||150||5||5||15|
|Apples, fresh, 1 medium (2-3/4" dia) (approx 3 per lb)||81||0||0||21|
|Almond Butter, 1 tbsp||101||2||9||3|
|Asparagus, fresh, 20 spear, small (5" long or less)||55||5||0||11|
|Olive Oil, 1 1tsp||40||0||5||0|
|mushroom, portabella cap - 1 cap-3 oz serv, 1 serving||20||3||0||4|
|Onions, raw, 0.5 small||13||0||0||3|
|Peppers, sweet, red, fresh, 0.5 medium (approx 2-3/4" long, 2-1/2" dia)||16||1||0||4|
|Grapes, 2 cup, seedless||120||2||2||57|
|Dates, 1 date||23||0||0||6|
|Tyson Grilled Chicken Breast Strips, 4 oz||133||25||2||4|
|Medjool dates, 2 date, pitted||133||1||0||36|
|Almonds, 24 almond||166||6||15||6|
|Dannon Light & Fit Nonfat Vanilla Yogurt, 6 oz., 1 serving||80||5||0||15|
|Strawberries, fresh, 1 cup, halves||46||1||1||11|