Boot Camp Day Five – A Bump in the Road

For those of you just joining in on my boot camp experience, I signed up for a one month boot camp class with a groupon deal I bought. I’m really, quite seriously, out of shape. I’m heavier then I’ve ever been and haven’t been doing much of anything vis a vis “exercise” lately.

With my friend, Patti, by my side and the promise of a scooter from my husband (you can read more about that here) I’m determined to finish out the month. By then I’m hoping I will have lighted a fire that will spark me to continue down the road to good health.

photo courtesy of flickr: veggiefrog

So this is week 3 and I usually go twice a week; on Tuesday and Thursday.

My partner-in-crime called Tuesday morning (which would have been day 5) at 4:30 a.m. to tell me she had a headache and wasn’t going. Dressed and ready to roll, it only took me 3 1/2 seconds to decide to go back to bed and skip it too.

The power of a work-out partner is strong, ya’ll!

Determined to get in 2 classes this week, I woke up early Wednesday and waited for Patti to pick me up. When she didn’t text me to say that she was on her way, I got worried. When she didn’t respond to my texts, I remembered that she had been to a concert the night before. Patti was sleeping soundly.

I was on my own. I know it doesn’t seem like a big deal, but it took a lot to get in my car and go there alone.

And I was proud.

For about two minutes. And then the hardest work out of my life started and I ceased to think straight anymore. We ran around the park track in formation and then did “slingshots” where the back person sprinted to the front. I had a hard time keeping up and at one point dropped out of formation. I felt like a failure but my trainer kept by my side and pushed me.

Then we did pull-ups and I discovered I have absolutely no upper body strength. Good to know. Tears trickled down my cheeks as I struggled to complete just two. My trainer pushed me to do four.

Then we did inverted push-ups and lunges and more running and bench kicks and more running. And at the end…we pushed monster truck tires across the pavement. I’ve never been so happy to see 6:00 a.m. in my life … time to go  home.

But I was proud.

Until I woke up this morning and my arms and calves hurt so much that all excuses aside, I just couldn’t go to boot camp today. I felt bad about skipping BUT then I remembered that they hurt because I was out there working and I should feel good about that. And I should listen to my body.

I’m going to take a walk today. And then I’m going to boot camp three times next week to make up for only going once this week.

I’m learning that road blocks aren’t always bad. As long as I make a new plan and keep moving forward.



Boot Camp Day Four. Stairs.

Today we took it up a notch.

I didn’t realize it when I signed up for this gig, but every other week boot camp changes location to the outside of a building with stairs.

35 of them.

That we climbed. Many times.

Frontwards, backwards,  on all fours, running, jumping, hopping….

It was crazy and by the time we got to the backwards crab I thought I was going to have a breakdown.

After all the climbing plus the jumping jacks, basketball jumps, chair sits, etc. … I know I’m going to be sore tomorrow. And even though I told Patti repeatedly, “this sucks” and I called the trainer a bad name under my breath (which I now regret, he’s really a very nice fellow), I’m glad I went.

Because I’m moving upwards.

Literally and figuratively.

And someday I’ll be able to climb up up all 35 stairs backwards on all fours. (Hey you have your goals, I have mine, don’t judge!)

And that makes me feel good.

Have you done something good for yourself today? 



Early Morning Boot Camp

Life List #45 – Get Healthy

There’s something about 4:30 a.m. that sounds so….early. I’m not a morning person and typically wait until the last possible second to get up – so I haven’t really seen 4:30 a.m. in many years. For the doubters out there, it does exist. I got up…on purpose …at 4:30 a.m. yesterday morning.

Wait. It gets better.

To EXERCISE. (it’s been awhile).

Ed didn’t think I could do it. So much so that he’s promised me a Vespa if I attend boot camp at 5 a.m. twice a week for a month.

Here’s how it went down.

We were at a pool party a couple days ago and my friend Patti and I had gotten a good deal on a month of unlimited boot camp attendance on Groupon. (I’m really, really out of shape and “get healthy” is on my life list. I haven’t felt good for about a year now and it’s time to do something about it. And also, I love getting a good deal on Groupon.)

So we were telling the group about our plans and Ed starting choking on his chicken.

Not because he doesn’t believe I can get in shape. I ran a marathon in 1999…it can be done! But because (and I quote) “there’s no way in hell you are going to get up that early.”

And so to sweeten the pot, one of my friends suggested I get a prize if I’m successful for a month. He said whatever I wanted. And folks, you know how bad I’ve wanted a Vespa. For like 10 years I’ve wanted a Vespa.

So I said….”how about a Vespa?”

And he said “sure, I’ll get you a Vespa.”

And I said, “you really, really don’t think I can do this, do you? (because we really, really don’t have money for a Vespa).

And he said, “no.”

And so it was done.

5 a.m. boot camp. i was there. and I sweated. and sweared.

I really want that Vespa, ya’ll.


Reach – Get Healthy

photo courtesy of D.Sharon Pruitt

I was at the Y today (I know, I’ll get to that in a bit) and I overheard two gals talking. They were obviously fluent in two languages and would switch back and forth between English and Spanish without missing a beat. I thought – how cool would it be to know how to speak two or more languages? So you could be half-way through a thought and get bored speaking English and start speaking perfect Portugal or Russian. So cool. Maybe I’ll add “learn another language” to my Life List. But I don’t want to take a class…I want to learn by immersion. Which would require a trip abroad. For many months. Which would probably result in me crossing off several Life List items at one time. I like it.

Anyways … I WAS at the Y today (nothing gets by you). I haven’t been a frequent visitor in a while but a couple weeks ago my husband and I started the “D” word and we’re getting back to a healthier lifestyle (Life List Item #45).

I didn’t want to tell anyone because I’ve had so many false starts over the last couple years. I’ve kind of yo-yoed with my weight my whole life. We’re trying something new…Medifast. We both figured we needed a jolt and needed to see some poundage disappear quick if we were going to get motivated. So far it’s been a success. Two weeks and two days and I’ve lost about 13 pounds. He’s lost more but I’ll let him tell you when he’s ready.

I actually heard about Medifast from a dentist I was interviewing for an article. I’ve got mad interviewing skills like that. One minute we’re talking about root canals, the next minute he’s reaching for a tissue and revealing his weight loss.

After I get down a bit more I plan to start incorporating real people food back into my diet. Medifast is really about shakes and bars five times a day with just one lean protein meal a day with greens. Literally only green vegetables. And no fruit on this diet and I love fruit.

What we like about it is there’s no thinking about what to fix or eat…it’s a no-brainer. And it’s quick. The first couple of days were easy. The next couple of days were challenging because I started to really miss “real” coke (you can have diet coke) and my normal carbs. We’ve kind of gotten into a groove now but occasionally are really challenged. Friday night Margaritas and Mexican food with friends? Negative. Pizza with the kids? Nope. Appetizers at a friends jewelry party. Not for me. Who knew food was such a social thing?!

What we’ve had a lot of (and we’re starting to become almost snobs about it) is seafood. Already bored with what we can cook and what restaurants have around us – we decided to drive down to Galveston (about an hour from our home) to get some seafood by the beach on Sunday.

Since I’m an emotional eater (and I’m a very emotional person!) it’s a struggle that I’ll most likely face my whole life. That – and I’m 4’10” so EVERY pound shows on me. But here I am. I’ll keep you posted on my progress. Hopefully I’ll continue to be successful so maybe when I travel abroad and learn another language I can go to that nude beach with confidence! (All of which are items on my Life List!!!)

photo courtesy of McD22

Reach – Acupuncture

photo courtesy of SuperFantastic/flickr
I was at the park yesterday with a friend of mine, Stephanie, and while our kids played we talked about what was going on in our lives and where we are “at” right now. I mentioned, as I often do these days, the fact that I would like to make my “Year of 40” significant…and that I choose the word “reach” to be a mantra of sorts.

One thing we talked about was health and the fact that we’ve both suffered from months and months of allergy related symptoms and that we both want to lose weight. Lose weight. Remember the comic strip Cathy? Well – I’m running around, ripping my hair out shouting eekkkkkkkkkkk as I say that in true Cathy form.

Stephanie is my free spirit sister and we share many of the same thoughts about parenting, politics, work, books, etc. She mentioned that when she lived in Austin, she had tried Acupuncture and it really worked well.


Acupuncture has been on my mind for years. I’ve always believed in treating our bodies as a “whole” – where everything works together and energy flows from one part to another. I’ve suffered from things like allergies, headaches, depression and anxiety…illnesses/symptoms that are hard to fix with conventional medicine. Plus – I see different doctors for each different problem. I think Acupuncture would be something great to try that may help everything.

One teeny, weeny problem (well – actually hundreds of in teeny, weeny problems). Mama don’t like needles. Yet – I’m going to REACH out on this one and make this year my year to try acupuncture. I’ve had clogged up sinuses and ears for 3 months now that I can’t seem to shake…maybe acupuncture can help. And I’m always working to keep depression and anxiety at bay. Perhaps this is the answer? All I know is – it can’t hurt. Well – it can…but is it worth it? I’ll let you know!


Like a kid on the first day of school….

The last 2 weeks have been – well…sort of crazy. Even for me. Now I know that I can make breakfast preparation on a Tuesday morning seem like a major event….but I don’t think my tendency to “blow things out of porportion” or “embellish – just a smidgen” even comes into play here.

I work on assignment for a regional publication and have written 15 articles in less than 2 weeks.

I recently met with a colleague and friend and COULD be involved in a very HUGE project in the very near future which could take me all the way to my most biggest dream of writing a book. (Because I’ve been so busy with my “day job” it hasn’t really hit me how big this could be.)

I’m getting ready to go to a conference today and will interview two of my current heros…Stacy Julian and Gretchen Rubin. In addition to this – I’ll be around some pretty cool people who write and…well….I’m a bit nervous.

I’ve tried on 4 different outfits and I’m still not ready to committ to what I’ll be wearing. I’m not normally like this. I’m typically a “get up and go” type of gal and don’t spend much time primping and such.

But I feel like a kid on the first day of school. I’m in kindergarten and there will be all sorts of big kids at the Mom 2.0 Summitt who are in 5th grade. They know more than me and worse yet – they all know each other. I won’t know anyone there. I know this sounds kooky – but the Four Seasons Hotel in Houston might as well be Hillside Elementary School today. And I don’t have a new pair of mary janes to wear!

So I kinda feel like today, right now….as I sit in my messy house amongst notes I’ve taken from interviews and first drafts crumpled at my feet… I’m living the dream. Because right now there are so many possibilities and so many things that could happen and I don’t even know what they are. I know it’s up to me. I think I’m ready.