- I had to be realistic - why was I doing this? My goal isn't to become a runner (no offense to my friends who go that way) or bench-press my body weight - I want to get fit, lose that same fifteen pounds that insists on sticking close to me, and have energy throughout my day.
- I needed to pick something that I could do in my house - past history has shown me that gym workouts don't work well for me with my schedule.
- I needed something that didn't require equipment.
- I needed something that made me break a sweat, yet was short enough that I could do it often.
So I settled on three days of half-hour interval training (short bursts of intense activity, followed by shorter periods of less intense movement) and three days of strength training (starting at one set and adding another set every two weeks - I'm up to three and am aiming for four). I'm experimenting with substituting one day of yoga for one of the strength training sessions and my regular half-hour walk is still part of my daily round. How to do this? Welcome to YouTube! I have a regular set of videos I use (there's a boxing one and [hangs head] one that's designed around 70s pop music) and I might expand those after I've done this routine for eight weeks (I'm just about to start Week Six) - we'll see.
Not much change in either weight or inches, but I have to say - I feel better. More energy and I'm beginning to feel stronger. I'm going to keep with it - I'll report back in another month. And I've heard that no matter how slowly I go, I'm still lapping the me that sat on the couch, so there's that.
This weekend was marvelous. And these women are inspiring - tough, funny, honest, and quick to see the best in you. Really, I want to be these women when I grow up. Thanks to their example, maybe I'm a little further along that path today than I was last Thursday.
It's going to be a good month!