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Orangetheory: four months

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

I've been to 41 Orangetheory classes now. I've lost about 5-6 pounds. Not a lot. I'm enjoying the workouts for the most part. I don't really like running on the treadmill. I hate burpees with the passion of a thousand fiery suns. But I really like the water rower and working with the free weights.

Am I seeing any improvement? Maybe. I know that I have to work harder on the treadmill than I used to to get my heart rate up. I can consistently walk 3.5 mph without feeling like I'm about to die. I can run at around 5 mph...but only for a couple of minutes, tops. I can sprint at 6 mph for maybe 30-45 seconds. I can row 100 meters in about 15 strokes. Once I got my watts to almost 200. I can do most of the free weight exercises with 12-15 lb weights. I can use the 20 lb weight for kettlebell swings and overhead extension. I can do lots of squats. Like a hundred. These are things that I couldn't do at the beginning. And I'm getting better at keeping up with the others in the class. Also I'm not as sore the next morning as I was in the beginning. I'm recovering faster.

That being said...there's a bunch of stuff that I'm really not much better at. I still can't do a decent pushup. Lunges hurt my knees. Still can't hold a plank for a minute. And then there's the burpees. Nope. I'm not any good at explosive plyometric movements. That part doesn't seem to be getting better at all.

And then there's the bathroom scale and the bedroom mirror. The exercise seems to be helping keep the numbers on the scale from creeping back up, but they are not going down, really. Maybe about a pound a month. Clothes aren't getting any looser. The mirror still shows me the same back fat, the same belly pudge. One of the unpleasant things that happened when I started to gain weight was that my calves got fat...my socks don't like to stay up, and forget about wearing cute boots in the winter time. My thighs got HUGE. Can't stand to see myself in shorts in the summer time. I would have thought that all the running and all the squats would have helped to tone my legs up a little. Nothing yet.

My energy level is maybe a tiny bit better. I still have horrible fatigue (well, that goes with the chronic fatigue syndrome, I guess). I'm not sleeping any better.

I've been going three times a week. My goal for the next four weeks is to add a fourth class, since I don't work on Fridays during the summer. After that, I have about three weeks off before the next school year starts. I'm going to try to increase to five classes a week or more.

Food-wise: I haven't been tracking my food very diligently. I'm at around 1200-1500 calories a day. Theoretically, that should be okay given my activity level. I'm going to make a concerted effort to avoid white carbs and salt, and try to reduce the amount of eating out at restaurants (which is usually Fridays and Saturdays...with Subway or Chipotle on Sundays). Date nights with the Dude usually revolve around restaurants. I know that this isn't good. I'm aware that I'm undoing all the progress from the week every Friday and Saturday. I'm not out there eating deep-fried things and gorging myself until I'm sick, but restaurant food is not prepared as healthily as we do at home.

It's just...if we didn't go out to eat, we probably wouldn't go out at all. And sometimes it's nice to not have to do dishes. Lame excuses, huh?

I did get a new doctor through my HMO. I will be able to make an appointment after July 1. Hopefully, she will be more proactive than the last doctor with treating my thyroid problem. I know that's got a lot to do with it.

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  • THOMS1
    Maybe before you go out to eat you should bring up the menu of that particular restaurant and look for foods lower in sodium and food that is healthier for you. Start weighing and measuring your nutrition. I use a kitchen food scale and measuring cups everyday. I t sounds like you are doing well in the exercise department. I have been doing this for the last 8 almost 9 yrs and I can't even hold a plank for more than a minute if even that so don't beat yourself up over that. I think you are doing just fine. emoticon
    941 days ago
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