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.