Thursday, September 10, 2009

I can barely bend at the moment

Well, Tuesday's regular workout with my trainer really broke me. We did some hardcore leg exercises, like these evil front and back lunges with weights and even some plies (which I was pleased to see I could still sort-of do). When I ran into my trainer at the Y yesterday, it turns out that I'm not sore from the evil lunges. Or the plies even. It was something she called the "dead drop." Basically, I was so sore yesterday that I skipped my usual Wednesday workout class (Fit Fusion) and just hopped on the elliptical to get in some cardio without having to do any more squats or lunges. Getting on and off the elliptical proved to be quite challenging. After much Googling, it seems they call this evil exercise "deadlifts" online, and here's a sample, since I can't explain it terribly well:

The main difference between that and what my trainer had me do is that my feet were a bit more than shoulder width apart, and I brought the ball all the way to the floor and then back up again. Forty-five times. Super fun. And all because I couldn't do squats with the medicine ball (you lift it over your head while you squat). My arms are weak. And now my legs feel wickedly weak. Bending and sitting is really, really un-fun for me. It will be interesting to see how training goes today, but I do know we're working on our arms, so hopefully I'll be able to get through it okay.

Anyway, a few of you have commented about having enjoyed reading about my plight to get in shape, and have been curious about the results thus far, so I thought I would share some vague results, given that I still don't even let my husband see me get on a scale. As of last week, two months after the beginning of my personal training, I have lost 2 inches on my waist, a half-inch on my hips, one inch on my arms, and one inch on my quads. I seem to have lost a pants size, but the scale hasn't budged much - just a few pounds.

I went to the local water park with my son on Labor Day, and found that my bathing suit no longer fits. That was a pleasant surprise, although an irritating one, as I kept adjusting my bathing suit bottom, which wanted to hang off of me. I've really enjoyed seeing little things like that here and there, so I know that my body is changing, I just don't really see it in the mirror yet. Stay tuned, though, I will certainly keep you all posted as to how my quest goes! Thanks for all the support so far, I really, really appreciate it.


Theta Mom said...

Perfect timing for me reading this post because I just started using Mr. Tread Mill again! What motivation!!! Thanks for stopping by my blog! I am following you as well and look forward to reading more! :)

Jeve (aka John and Steve) said...

Keep it up Type A! I'm rootin' for ya all the way!

tinahead81 said...

good for you!! i haven't worked out in 3 weeks, and you've inspired me to get my butt back into gear!! lol thanks for visiting my blog, and for the thoughts...we need all the help we can get ;o)

kyooty said...

Way to go! that's great, sorry about the readjusting, I feel bad for you (tongue in cheek)

tinahead81 said...

p.s. the binders are just plain white(hubby "appropriated" them from work!)... i just cut scrap paper to fit, and slid it through the opening of little plastic cover thing--don't know the technical term, sorry lol! i couldn't let my cousin go to school with boring old white binders!! ;o)

Colleen said...

The scale isn't moving because you are obviously losing fat and building muscle!! How awesome that your clothes are falling off ;) Great job!

ModernMom said...

You post all those yummy recipies and still lost 2 inches! You are a rock star:)

Flory said...

I think we are all trying to get healthy and in shape at the same time. I started the treadmill three weeks ago along with some strength training.

I love deadlifts. The make the bottom of your butt look amazing, you know the part where the bottom of the butt meets the top of the thigh.

Keep up the good work.

blueviolet said...

I can see where that coupled with an over the head raise and then going all the way down to the floor would take you down and out.

Bravo and continued success! I'm working on the 30 day shred and it's killing me but it does work.

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