Well, I've survived a week of Operation Bootcamp and week two began this morning. I've done pretty well with following the workout and diet schedule. Thursday night I made it through an APWBWGTTD (Atlanta People With Blogs Who Get Together To Drink) meetup without drinking or eating junk, and Saturday night was out at Hand in Hand till nearly midnight frustrating our waitress by repeatedly asking for waters and diet cokes instead of my usual Paulaner Hefeweizen. I did still have a serious urge to visit the Majestic Diner at the end of the night and have some Food That Pleases (oh how it does please) but I managed to make it home without my Patty Melt and Hash Browns.
The workouts have been fairly consistent and on plan as well, including a bike ride on the Silver Comet Sunday and some meaningful time with the elliptical machine at my gym.
Best of all though, my weight and body fat percentage is definitely reflecting change. This morning, exactly 7 days after my initial weigh in, here are my new stats...
|Week One||Week Two|
Now, I don't have any illusions that this rate of weight loss will continue during the program, but it's a great jump start and makes me very happy considering all the effort I've put into this so far.
The workouts continue to be tough, and I continue to be totally drenched and exhausted by the end. The instructors do a pretty good job of keeping everyone motivated and there are enough of them wandering around that it's really difficult to cheat during workouts without hearing someone call you out by name and get you back on track.
Next week includes a "Bring a Friend Day", and I've already asked a few people to come along. We'll see if anyone's brave enough to do it...
Yup - today I started a fitness bootcamp in Atlanta called Operation Bootcamp. The specific bootcamp I'm inflicting on myself is held at 6:00AM at Candler Park, but they are also held in other locations around Atlanta. I'll be doing this every weekday morning for 4 weeks, with the first Wednesday and the last Friday off.
Anyone who knows me knows that the first challenge for me is the 6:00AM start time. I'm very much not a morning person, but I've decided that's gotta change. If I expect big fitness changes, I have to make other changes too, and waking up early is going to have to be one of them.
Another change I'll have to make during this program is to start following the Body for Life meal program again, which involves eating six smaller meals a day, and carefully monitoring protein and carb portions during the course of the day. I've actually done the Body for Life Program before, so this isn't totally new. However - considering my fridge is typically pathetically bachelor-status-empty, this will require more organized trips to the grocery than I'm use to.
So today being the first day of bootcamp, everyone does a fitness test (to be repeated at the end also) to help give some metrics on what kinda shape you're in and ultimately what improvements you make by the end of the bootcamp. I've decided to post my stats at the start and end in the same way fellow bloggers Dean Saxe and Brandon Purcell have done during their bootcamp and Body for Life challenges. Bootcamp measures reps per minute and mile running time, the Body For Life program measures weight, body fat, and before/after shirtless photo. I'm including both sets below (holding back the photo for now - you are welcome)...
Depending on how inspired I am, I may post progress per week, or maybe just at the end. Hey, whaddya want?!? This is the first blog post in like 7 weeks!