Monday, June 18, 2018
It’s officially been a week since I started my Barre classes. I did my weigh-in before going to my first class and again yesterday… down 2LBS! And that’s with going out to eat too much and eating too much processed foods from H-Mart. I’m excited to see what happens this week with all that stuff eliminated.
So now is week 2. I’ve added in a third Barre class during the week (GULP!) and I’m paying better attention to what my body needs. More importantly, also paying attention to WHEN I eat and if I’m really hungry. I have a bad habit of sitting and eating too much after I get out of my night job shift, because I’ll be slightly hungry and after being at one job and then the other, and being on my feet for a few hours I just like to sit down and relax. I try to avoid going on my phone because then I fall down the rabbit hole and suddenly it’s been an hour and I’m exhausted. Tonight after my second shift I want to go home and shower and then relax in bed, rather than sitting up eating. If I need a snack I’ll have a piece of fruit and that’s it.
I had a great class yesterday, but I noticed my old problem rearing its head: when I work out first thing in the morning I don’t feel as energetic as I do when I exercise later in the day. I did get up earlier than last Sunday and tried to eat a little more before the workout so that I’d have some energy, but I still felt like I hit a wall halfway through class and when I got home I was STARVING. I had a big smoothie loaded with good stuff, and then an hour later I was really hungry again. I looked into some foods that are quick and easy fuel to eat before working out in the morning, but this Friday is my first 5:30am class and I’m worried about how it’s going to go. I don’t want to “waste” an expensive class by not getting a lot out of it because I’m so low energy. I also noticed that when I’m not “warmed up” from the day that my legs fatigue a lot more quickly. I think on Sunday mornings since my class isn’t until 9:20am I’ll do some warming up and stretching at home before class to help with that, but that 5:30am class on Friday’s I’m stuck.
I’m also keeping in mind some areas I want to work on outside of class: stretching more so that my legs don't get so tight during my workouts (causing me to stop and have to stretch it out and miss out on pockets of workout time), push-ups, and fixing that pesky problem I have when I do ab work and my neck starts to ache. It really bugs me when I need to take a break during an exercise not because the muscle group that is being focused on is fatigued but because something else is fatigued. That happens to me sometimes with my ab work where my abs will be ok to keep going but my neck and back hurt. I’m sure most of the problem is my form, but that’s the kind of thing I need to work on.
All in all, I’m loving the classes and the structure they are giving me. I'm proud of the small improvements I see, like yesterday being the first class that I did arm work with weights rather than with no equipment or doing a move unmodified for half of the set before switching to modified. I feel good that I'm challenging myself and not being complacent in the workout. I need to keep making progress with my food choices and amounts of food I needlessly eat, and to prep some more stuff (including sauces/flavors) so I have easy grab and go. I’m excited to see what the difference will be at the end of my trial month, not just in weight/looks, but also in what my body is capable of! For the first time in a long time I feel real hope.