I Need Boot Camp

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Before I got talking (or more likely, rambling) about Boot Camp, let me share some fun stuff that arrived in the mail yesterday!

I got my latest iHerb order:

This shipment contained Adora Calcium supplements (which, let’s be honest- is just an excuse to eat chocolate), Dandy Blend (probably my #1 favorite hot beverage!), CLA (which over time, is supposed to reduce fat storage around the belly- though I’ve been taking it for about 3 years and haven’t seen the effects yet…), some VERY TASTY cocoa powder, peanut flour, and my two freebies thrown in the box. One is a measuring tape (which I actually needed- how did you know, iHerb?!) and the other was a packet of various samples of natural sweeteners from Wholesome Sweeteners brand. Amongst them were a bunch of different flavors of Agave nectar:

I am definitely looking forward to mixing these into my yogurt or oatmeal!

As I’ve posted many times before, I love iHerb. I order so many things through their site- from body care products to grocery items to supplements- and they’ve got some really great deals. If you place an order on their site, use the code QIR197 at checkout and get $5 off your order. And shipping for orders over $20 is free!

The mail yesterday also contained the latest REI catalog with the new sale items. I was happy/annoyed that it also contained a 20% Member coupon- since I had just shelled out $72 for a new PrAna dress while we were in Colorado. And just as I was bitching to Greg about that very thing, I opened the catalog and saw said dress- which is now on sale!!

Just my luck! Too bad I didn’t save the receipt- I bet they’d do a price adjustment. Although… since I am a member, they do keep a record of all of my purchases…hmm. I’ll have to look into that one. When I bought my dress, I got it in “gravel malibu,” but also really liked the “coral malibu” version, which is shown here. I might just have to get it…. so that I can add one more PrAna dress to my collection of 1,000…

Something that DID make me happy yesterday after work was finally finding Chobani 2% plain Greek Yogurt!

I’ve been to seven different grocery stores and had no luck. When I went to Safeway (which I never shop at), they had it in the HUGE size only (32 oz), so I bought it. I guess it’s actually cheaper that way- and less wasteful (which this tree-hugger appreciates), but for the sake of convenience, I’m still on the lookout for the 6 oz cups!

Okay. On to BOOT CAMP.

During Blend, I had the pleasure of being introduced to the fitmixer team and their wonderful products. They were extremely generous and donated a full-size container of their amino and a few sample packets to our swag bags! I am completely hooked on the amino and have been drinking it (with water) during all of my workouts ever since. Greg has used amino (a different brand) for a while now, but I could never stomach the flavor of his. This one actually tastes good and I look forward to drinking it. It’s like Kool-Aid… but much, much better.

It’s not very often that I pimp something out like this on my blog, but I really love this product and the company itself. I actually can’t say enough just HOW MUCH I love it! And when I find something so great, I want everyone to know about it! And you can also order their products directly through my blog! Just click on the fitmixer image that’s right below my little bio blurb near the top right of this page and it will take you to directly to the fitmixer store. If you plan to order any fitmixer products- please do me a favor and click that link to get to the fitmixer store. :)

From the fitmixer website:

Available in a delicious fruit punch and grape flavor, the unique blend in fitmixer® amino® fuels your body with the essential nutrients it needs to give you energy, supports you during your workout, and helps achieve your fitness goals. Whether your goal is increased energy, muscle tone, strength, or endurance, fitmixer® amino® is right for you.*

fitmixer® amino® uses Tri-Flow®, a patent-pending blend of ingredients university tested and clinically shown** to increase nitric oxide 300% more than leading fitness products.* Increased nitric oxide may have a variety of benefits including increased oxygen delivery throughout the body to reduce fatigue and improve muscle recovery.

This stuff is awesome, I tell you. It comes in fruit punch and grape flavors and BOTH are delicious. It’s also only 25 calories per scoop- which I  combine with about 28 oz of water to get my “perfect” flavor.

So what does all of this have to do with me needing Boot Camp?

I heard about the fitmixer boot camp through Janetha when I was at Blend. It sounded interesting, but I’m generally not a fan of any program that gives you a meal plan and specific workouts to follow. Since I teach a bajillion group exercise classes throughout the week, it’s hard to fit in other workouts without overdoing it. I briefly read about it on their site, and saw that the $150 cost also included 2 (huge) bags of protein powder and 2 containers of amino. I guess I just couldn’t swallow the cost because I brushed it off as another “diet” that probably won’t work for me, as I’m just destined to be 15-20 lbs. heavier than I would like and will be wishing that I could have a better body for the rest of my life.

But then something happened. I saw Katie (who is also doing the bootcamp) post a photo on Instagram of her watching the introduction video. I had remembered very briefly meeting the women at the first night of Blend (we were at the same table) but there was so much sensory overload going on that night, that I didn’t get the chance to talk to them much. I do remember being impressed with their rockin’ bodies though!

(photo courtesy of Janetha)

I was standing in my kitchen on Monday night (while Greg was at beer club) chopping up vegetables at the counter with my laptop playing the introduction video in front of me. I listened to Candice explain the dietary (food) portion of the program, and really identified with some of the things she said. She talked about how our bodies are “smart” and if we deplete them by doing too much, they will start holding on to every little calorie we take in. That was something I could definitely identify with from my days over too much exercise and calorie restriction!

And then Robin started talking about exercise and about loving yourself and your body. And then I lost it. It was as if she was talking directly to me. I don’t know why I got so emotional about it, but I did. I was literally bawling like a baby! I guess I’ve just been so frustrated for so long about my weight and really… just hating my body for so long. And the biggest frustration is that no one can “get through” to me, because I just feel like no one understands exactly what I’ve been through. But here, on this video- these women got it.

I started kicking myself for not joining the bootcamp (it started that day and was already full). Through the tears, I emailed Robin and Candice and thanked them for such an inspiring video and explained a bit about my story and how much I thought I needed this bootcamp. I would have completely understood if they wrote me back and said “we’re sorry… it’s already full and you can sign up for the next one,” but they didn’t. Both women wrote me incredibly sweet emails back and invited me to be a late-joiner to the bootcamp. I have to say one thing about this company (fitmixer)- it is clear that they are not just in it for the money and truly love what they do and care about people. And they want to make a positive impact on other people’s lives.

I registered for the fitmixer bootcamp on Tuesday and got the ball rolling. I’ll have to wait a few days until I get my shipment of products, but can at least start on the workouts and get rolling on the eating plan. As for the workouts- I think that right now I’ll fit them in with my current schedule when I can. They’re short and super intense- the whole “train smarter not harder” philosophy. Workouts are available for us every morning at 5 am and contain guided instruction through a video.

I did the first workout Tuesday night, which is the “fitmixer test” and will be done again every three weeks to measure improvement. The test consisted of:

  • Burpees – How many in 1 minute?
  • Supermans – How many in 1 minute?
  • Plyometric Lunges – How many in 1 minute?
  • Tricep Push-ups – How many in 1 minute? (Drop to knees to scale down)
  • Hover-How long can you hold? (No dropping knees)
  • Chest Push-ups – How many in 1 minute? (Drop to knees to scale down)
  • Wall Sit – How long can you hold?
  • Roundhouse Knees – How many in 1 minute, per leg?
  • Jumping Jacks – How many in 1 minute?
  • Side Hover Dips – How many in 1 minute, per side?

I did the test on Tuesday evening, after having taught spin class and about 15 minutes of lifting that morning. My legs were a bit fatigued, but I was really eager to jump on in and find out my starting point. I figured it couldn’t be that hard, because it looked like it would only take about fifteen minutes to complete.

Boy was I wrong! This was me after the test:

Drenched!

There are some things that I definitely will look to improve, but overall I have to say that my core has gotten a lot stronger. I can hold a hover for a long time.

I couldn’t do yesterday’s workout (which actually looks like really cool) but I plan on saving it for another time. Since I worked all day and then went right to the gym to teach 2 hours of spinning and Bodypump, I didn’t get home until after 7, and basically ate dinner, got things ready for the next day, and went to bed. So on days like that, I won’t be able to do the workout of the day. (And that’s okay!)

My personalized diet plan was emailed to me yesterday and I’m going to be honest here- it scared me a bit! But I’ll elaborate more on that tomorrow.

We are also required to log our food intake through My Fitness Pal, which I was using for a while, but decided to take a break from a few weeks ago and try to trust my hunger signals and focus on intuitive eating (which didn’t really happen). Even though the thought of tracking my food irks me a bit, I know it’s for my own good.

We have to take “before” shots wearing a sports bra and tight fitting shorts and email them to the fitmixer team. Yikes. I’ve seen some of the other participants shots who already have bodies that I think look close to perfect- and mine is not even close to that. Really, I would kill to look like some of those “before” shots for my “after!” Again, I’m just going to bite the bullet and do it, because I know it’s all for a purpose.

The final thing- weighing in. I had to get on the scale to get my initial weight (which I did yesterday morning) and it wasn’t pretty. I had not weighed myself in about 3 or 4 weeks and was up three pounds. Those were the three lbs. that it took me since last November to lose. And they came right back on in no time at all simply because I slacked in my eating a bit, despite never slacking in my exercise. Life is totally fair.

We have to weigh in each Monday morning and send the data to Candice, who will make adjustments to our diets as necessary.

What I really, really like about this whole process is that there’s a great sense of community and support. This is possible because the number of participants is kept to a small number and everyone is encouraged to participate in discussions through commenting on the website. There’s also a weekly conference call on Thursday nights at 10 pm, which I sadly don’t know if I’ll be able to participate in. That’s a little tough for someone who wakes up around 5:00 am! When school’s out in a few weeks, it will be easier.

I’ve got a lot of planning to do. I’m really excited to share the details about the diet with you guys tomorrow- and hoping that it gets my pumped! And I’m fully aware that there will be a lot of “suck it up, buttercup” for me in the coming days as well. But, damnit- I’m determined for SOMETHING to work! (and I know that it will only work if I work hard and stay committed- but can I do that?)

Maybe this will finally be it.

Expect a few posts about bootcamp coming up… it is going to be a big part of my life for the next 12 weeks!