I know that it’s only April, but I did want to post a blog about my journey of change that I started on January 2nd – not the 1st since I was up long past my bedtime on New Year’s Eve! So, my major change has been to work out every single morning this year. Knock wood, but so far, I have managed to do this. I also changed how I work out. I initially started with a combination of Denise Austin, Fitness Blender and my old-school Soloflex machine, along with my daily walks. Then I decided that instead of doing weights only on Monday, Wednesday and Friday I would just do them every other day while trading off with pure cardio on the other days. I don’t “do” leg day and then arm day – I just do all weights on one day. This is easier for me, because one day is a longer workout, and the next is a little shorter – kind of like a “treat” on the shorter days. And, we all need a treat once in a while.
Since I started in January I’ve made a few changes. I started with a “lighter” Fitness Blender and then changed to a harder cardio. But now I’m off Fitness Blender and am doing Boot Camp with Denise Austin instead. I’m sure I’ll change that up at some point, but I’m enjoying huffing and puffing along with Denise. I’d also like to eventually get back into Tae Bo with Billy Blanks, but I’m not there yet. I have aged since the last time I did Tae Bo! I’ve also added more miles to my weekly walking with the dog. I’m trying to go on a longer walk at least three times a week, and I did do over 17 miles last week.
So, that being said, do I feel better? Well, that’s a process I guess. For the first month everything was sore, but I felt good. Then, I hit a hard patch that lasted over a month and I just gritted my teeth and forced myself through it. It wasn’t easy, and everything went wrong. My back started to give me trouble, and everything just hurt – my knees, arms, legs. But, for the past week or so, I’ve been feeling much better. It does help to work out when you’ve just gotten up, because for the first part of it you’re not really awake!
Is there a change? Yes, I can see muscle, and my butt is looking less droopy. I have more endurance and those long walks are not making my legs sore. So, yes, there is a difference. How are your goals for 2018 going? Are you working on them, or have you given up? Let me know in the comments below. Remember that every day is a new beginning.