Since I made a resolution in my last Fitness Diary entry, I recorded all my workouts this week to see if I stuck on track. Here's what I accomplished.
Wed July 6: 60 minutes Plyometrics (P90X)
Thu July 7: Rest day
Fri July 8: 40 Minutes Plyometric Cardio Circuit (Insanity)
Sat July 9: Rest day (attended an all-day and night wedding)
Sun July 10: Rest day (hang-over from the wedding)
Mon July 11: 60 Minutes Chest and Shoulders (P90X)
Tue July 12: 45 mins elliptical machine
Wed July 14: 40 mins elliptical machine
Not too bad! Attending that wedding set me back a bit as I was totally hung over and groggy the next day and in no shape to do any physical activity that went beyond vegging on the couch pushing buttons on the TV remote. I would have liked to get some more weight lifting in there but that Chest and Shoulders routine was so incredibly tough, I'm still feeling my muscle aches now.
Nutrition wise I have really stayed on track. Except for the wedding, no cheat meals and not too much alcohol either - yay! My fridge looks extremely green and colorful :)
A bit of advice:
When you start a new workout routine, especially when you work out to home fitness DVDs like I do, or even if you join an aerobics class of some sort, you'll probably run into the problem that in the beginning you won't be able to get through the whole program. Don't worry! Try your best, take mid-set breaks, do what you can and stop when you feel like you're over exerting yourself. You won't be able to keep up with the instructor and do all the reps. This might make you feel frustrated and you may even want to throw in the towel. We've all been there - this is completely normal. Your body is adjusting to the increased physical activity and if you keep going with it regularly, you will be able to get through the whole work out eventually. Even if you look completely stupid and awkward attempting to do the moves, you will get better and stronger.
Start out slow. If you are completely out of shape and do zero exercise, a super high-intensity boot camp workout will probably not be the right thing for most people. Don't jump in at the deep end! You'll just feel even more frustrated and you will probably over-exert yourself. Start slow and work your way up. This might mean simply going for a brisk walk every day for 30 minutes, or biking to work instead of driving. The important thing is finding the right level for you, pushing yourself to work as hard as you can without going to the extreme, which might actually be dangerous.
Good luck! On to week 2 for me :)