Well I’ve made it one week into my 60-Day Fitness Challenge and I can happily say I’ve met all of my goals.
I’ve been eating better every day, have gone to the gym four times (better than my goal of three), gave myself a cheat day (but didn’t go crazy) and haven’t weighed myself once.
How do I feel after a week?
Funny thing is that varied a lot, like I’m back on the pill.
As I knew would happen, about three or four days into dieting and working out, I began to feel fatigued and sore as my body switches over to deal with less calories and more exercise and lots of water. That led to some moments of grumpiness, sometimes to a snapping anger when I was overwhelmed at work, which thankfully my co-workers and boyfriend can understand. I was also running out of energy into the evenings and wanting to sleep a bit more, which is also good for you I’ve heard, and so I did.
As days passed, I couldn’t see any change in how my clothes fit or felt, not yet, but I did notice a change in my face, which is hands down the first spot I always see a difference, like some sort of indicator. So while I didn’t expect to be in super great shape already and seeing my deltoids pop a week in, it was nice to see some change happening for a bit of encouragement that I’m on the right track.
It’s important to keep positive too. While I might have moments of rage/grumpiness/fatigue, I also have bursts of pride and excitement for how well I’ve been staying on track.
The gym has been great, no matter how much I hate doing cardio – hate. My first time back at the gym I didn’t want to push myself too hard so I only did 35 minutes on the elliptical on moderate to hard settings and worked up a good sweat. My next few times I did both cardio and weights, varying from upper body to legs, back, etc. doing about 20 or 25 minutes of weights followed by 25 to 30 minutes of cardio.
Of course, like I expected, I’m terribly out of shape in terms of what I used to be able to do when I was fit and active. I can’t lift or push the same amount of weights, that’s for sure, but I tried the best that I could and dealt with the sore muscles the next day with a sense of pride. It feels really good to be back in the gym, no matter how much I might have to drag myself to go.
One thing that has really been helpful has been going to the gym with Derek, our new reporter and my former J-school colleague from Vancouver who is staying with me for a while. I used to think going to the gym with someone was pointless, since I’m so independent and just go off on my own anyway, but having Derek there makes us both go when we might not “feel like it.” It adds that bit of pressure to keep each other on track and not let one another slip – like teamwork – and I like that.
When I’m out and about everyone is asking me how this is going, and I always say, “Really good.” It nice to know so many people are supportive and following me in my ‘adventure,’ especially those who knew me when I was really athletic and know what it is I’m trying to get back to.
I hope that those reading this are inspired to keep pushing themselves and stay on track, too. I know it’s not easy, and it takes a lot of patience and hard work to see any changes in your body when you’re back at the gym. Muscle tone isn’t easy to achieve for women, but don’t give up if you’re not seeing much change after one, two or even four weeks.
I’ve been told that it takes up to six weeks at the gym to see the type of change you have in your head, which is different for everyone, so please don’t be impatient or be discouraged if you don’t see an athlete in the mirror in the next few weeks.
Keep going, keep pushing yourself and stay healthy.