I have been exercising faithfully for over a month now. Haven’t lost a lick of weight (apparently you have to exercise and cut back on eating …geesh!) but I can definitely tell that I have more stamina, endurance and strength. I had my checkup with my asthma doctor and even scored a whole point higher on my breathing test! He said I didn’t need to see him again for a whole year…almost unheard of in his office lol. Anyway, what I have been doing is following Fit tv. And I buck all the advice and trends and exercise in the evening. That’s right…no early- morning–get-up-before-the-kids-and-get-it-over-with for me. It’s not that I’m not a morning person…I do get up before the kids. I just don’t have the stamina to exercise that early. I can do it, it just feels awful to me. So I quit. But now I do my workouts at 6pm and it feels great to me. I have the energy to get through them and don’t feel wiped out afterward. Funny I know, but for me that’s the way it is.
I have been following Cathe Friedrich. She is tough! I have to modify a lot, but I do get through her workouts. I don’t know how she does it, but she can put a barbell with 40 pounds on it on her shoulders and do lunges and squats. YIKES. Me, I hold 3lb and sometimes 5lb hand weights. Yesterday she did an all upper body workout called a pyramid, where you start out with light weights for 12 reps, medium weights for 8 and heavy weights for 8. Then you work your way back down the pyramid. Did you know you have muscles in your armpits? I know now lol! Ow! But I love it. It feels great to know my muscles are there. This afternoon is the core workout…not my favorite, but she makes it interesting enough that I will trudge through. :)