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Friday, June 3, 2011 Permalink

Each week Michelle (of Michelle Bridges’ 12 week body transformation challenge fame) records a message which we can watch at our leisure. Her week two message was about ‘working out’.

Although she proffered Woody Allen’s “80 percent of success is just showing up” quote, she also reminded us that we need to get as much as possible out of our workouts.

I must admit I haven’t been overly anxious about the exercise side of things as yet. I have, however, taken heed of Michelle’s expectation that we are doing: 3 cardio workouts; 2 strength workouts; and 1 stretch-type workout a week. But although I say I’m following the program, it could be said that I’m not actually following the program.

I am incredibly unfit at the moment. Before I joined the program I hadn’t even been for a walk for 8 weeks (and before that I went once a week). My excuse is that I get shin splints – so I can’t walk. And I’m certainly too unfit for aerobics and the like.

ExerciseSo, I have been quite proud of the fact that (since starting this program) I have re-commenced my pilates reformer classes (2-3 times a week), and hired an exercise bike for my thrice weekly cardio sessions. Yay for me! I know I’m not burning the calories of my 12WBT cohorts and I cringe a little with embarrassment when I read of their accomplishments – 5km runs; boot camps and some even do a couple of classes in a day. And here I am, stoked about my 20 minute (5km) interval cycle. But essentially I’ve been amazed I’m doing 6 days of exercise a week – a gazillion (at least) times more than I was doing before I started the program.

But yesterday I finally watched Michelle’s week two message and I realised that soon I will need to ‘step it up a notch’. She provided a number of ‘tips’ for our workouts. Some I’m already on top of (not in Michelle’s order):

  1. Exercise in the morning if possible – check
  2. Don’t drink sugary drinks during our workout – check
  3. Mix up the training – ummm… sort of check (I did walk one day instead of cycling – despite the shin splints!)
  4. Finish with a bang – well, I do try not to ease off…
  5. Monitor the calories burned – fine; and if 100+kg we should be burning 600-1000 calories a session – OMFG!
  6. Learn to run if possible – OMFG x 2!

None of these is me. Which may not surprise you.

I have a dodgy hip, so am not sure that running is an option for me. I injured it about 18 months ago and it has never improved, despite a heap of physio and targeted pilates. But more concerning (than my inability and disinclination to run) is her tip referring to the calories we should be burning per workout. The battery on my heart rate monitor (strap) has died so I am guestimating calories from Calorie King website calculations based on my weight and type of exercise. My 20 minute interval training on the exercise bike, which leave me gasping and grunting apparently only burns off 204 calories. So… that would be a bit less than the 600-1000 I should be burning. Shit a brick!

I know I shouldn’t stress too much. I lost 4.1kg this past week, and 1.1kg the (short) week before that. So, all is not lost and I am not a complete failure. On one hand I tell myself that I will struggle through this round of the program, and – once I have dropped some weight and can walk without getting shin splints – focus on ‘upping’ my exercise during the next round. On the other hand, the competitive perfectionist (type A personality) in me feels really slack and guilty for not pushing myself harder.

Hmmm… what to do?

I’ve actually agreed to go to a boxing session thingy tomorrow morning. (Gulp!) The motivated Brisbane-based 12WBTers have organised many a boot camp and other training activities. I don’t think I’m ready for a boot camp (cos I would probably have to – you know – run), but I’m hoping I could stagger my way through a boxing session in the park, assuming that the trainer is sympathetic to the fitness-challenged such as myself! I’m seriously dreading it but figure I will be with a supportive bunch of people and if I vomit uncontrollably I can go away and hide and never have to see any of them ever again!

7 Comments
  • henhao
    June 3, 2011

    I’m struggling to reach 500 cal of exercise a day. And 1000 for a SSS?!?! That’s the ultimate goal.

  • rockafellaskank
    June 3, 2011

    Sonia, 500 calories is great. I’m (obviously) nowhere near that… but it gives me something to aim for I guess. As does the 1000 calorie super workout!

  • rockafellaskank
    June 3, 2011

    Sonia, 500 calories is great. I’m (obviously) nowhere near that… but it gives me something to aim for I guess. As does the 1000 calorie super workout!

    Deb

  • Anita
    June 3, 2011

    I can’t do the 500 cal either, but 200 is better than sitting on the couch! I did 15 mins on the bike today and 8 mins on the cross trainer and I almost passed out LOL(firs time!). Felt like a real dork! But you have to do your own program, yeah sure push yourself a bit, but be aware of your limitations. I am on restrictions from the physio but just do what I can with what I can do. And hey – you are losing the weight! I have actually stopped reading a lot of the forums as I was getting overwhelmed what everyone else was doing that I couldn’t.

    • rockafellaskank
      June 3, 2011

      Hi Anita

      I sent you a message vis the forums as well. The sane part of me agrees, that any exercise I do is better than what I was doing before (NOTHING!!!!). I just have to stop comparing myself to those out there who are putting in HUGE sessions and be thankful that I am doing something.

      Good luck to you too!
      Deb

  • nikki maloo
    June 8, 2011

    Hello lovely – stumbled upon your blog through the forums – love your honestly and the thoughtfulness of yours posts. Don’t worry too much about your carlorie burn at this stage, as the weeks go by you will get fitter and start to do longer sessions, burning more calories. All the best xo

    • rockafellaskank
      June 8, 2011

      Hey thanks Nikki. I enjoy writing and obsess about dieting, my weight etc, so this blog is a perfect outlet for me.

      Thanks also for the encouragement on exercise. I do hope I start to get fitter so I can burn more calories, but also do some more varied exercise.

      Hope you are going well.

      Deb

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