Well, two weeks are in the books for my Adventure Bootcamp for Women course at KidsFirst in Blue Ash. (There’s also an Oakley, Anderson and Bridgetown location.). Finished. Done. How’s it gone? Just like I was advised, week one was very very hard. I was tired, sore and felt like I was just barely getting the job done. About Thursday of week one, I started to not be as sore, and it started to get a little bit better.
Week two has gone much better physically — I feel like I can do more of the exercises even just a little bit compared to week one where I couldn’t do them at all. I’m not as sore or at least the soreness seems to be more localized to what was worked out on any given day as opposed to just overall soreness.
The one thing that hasn’t faded much is the being tired. I am always tired. I think this is for two reasons: 1. I’m not getting enough sleep. I’m a minimum of 8 hours a night girl functioning best on 9 hours. I’m lucky to be getting 6 hours and they’re not great 6 hours. It seems that since camp has started, something wakes me up multiple times every night. (This past week it’s been one of my dogs, twice every night he needs to go out — he NEVER needs to go out at night. Sigh.); and 2. I’m not getting enough protein for recovery. Hopefully this will be getting better this week as I’ve added protein shakes to my daily food intake. I’ve added this into my diet for the past few days, and I do feel a bit better, not so much exhausted now as just tired.
I have two weeks left for this camp session. I am starting to feel stronger and better physically so I’m getting excited about that. I just hate getting up at 4:30 am. I’m thinking about continuing this through the Summer and the one thing holding me back is the time. I can’t (or is that a won’t?) adjust my sleep schedule anymore. I’m wondering if my kids (who are too old for naps) will indulge me in some nap time this Summer?
I’m doing things I don’t like to do and I know the reason behind doing them and what the benefits will be for me. I get it and so I do them and with each passing day I dread it less and enjoy it more. Our boot camp instructor, Jennifer, does an excellent job of informing, and coaching all of us collectively and one on one. She is fantastic! As an aside: Do any of you out there watch The Biggest Loser? I’ve found myself not wanting to do something (like sprints) and so I tell myself in Bob Harper’s voice (channeling his yelling at Gail this past Season), “I swear, Karen, if you stop now, I. AM. GOING. TO. KILL. YOU.” and I go on and push myself harder than I normally would. Hey whatever it takes. As I stated in my first post; I’m at a perfect place in my personal goals to be here — to push myself, to test my limits and grow.
Every day when I get home from camp, I have an email from Brian with the Boot Camp who provides motivation and tips on how to get the most out of camp. I’m looking forward to the next two weeks and can’t wait to go in and get my post camp evaluation and measurements.
Remember when I’m finished and post my final post for this series, I’ll be giving each of you an opportunity to register to win a month of Adventure Boot Camp for Women. I’m really pleased that I’m doing this — I think that I’m showing myself I am capable, I am strong and I can actually enjoy this type of exercising.
Photo credit is from Adventure Boot Camp for Women.
When not blogging for Family Friendly Cincinnati, you can find Karen writing at her personal blog, Little World After All.