Here's a little background on me...I've been an athlete my entire life. Played soccer for 10+ years, played softball (and was really good at it, probably could have played in college if I stuck to it), downhill ski (raced in high school) and lastly...my love, lacrosse. I hate running unless it's after a ball - go ahead, get your cheap shots in. I found lacrosse later in life because Danbury sucked and didn't have a program growing up, but it combined my strongest skills soccer and softball. I stopped playing softball because it was during lacrosse season. My freshman year in high school, we started a club lax team, were a JV team my soph and jr years, then my senior year was our first year as a varsity team. I was a captain and loved it.
Then came college. I spent more time at the gym then in class my freshman year at UCONN. I was in the best shape of my life, but also had the worst grades of my life. As soon as I calmed down (a little bit) and school became slightly more important on my list of social life, drinking, and working out, I wasn't in the gym as much. But I always played co-ed rec sports - soccer, volleyball, oozeball (google UCONN oozeball), and I played a lot of racquetball.
Needless to say, I graduated, moved home and inbetween May and October, became depressed with the endless job searching and not getting a job, gained weight and as I'm getting older, the metabolism is not in my favor. Between 2005 and now, I've had 2 really strong periods of time that I was dedicated to the gym, lost weight, got back in shape and discovered WEIGHT LIFTING! God, I don't know why in high school they never had us girls lifting, it's amazing what it does to your body!
So that brings me to present day. About a month ago, I got back into the gym hardcore...like on 5+ days a week and I feel awesome. Going to the gym isn't a chore to me, I enjoy it. Here's what my workouts typically look like:
30 minutes of cardio on a bike or elliptical.
30 minutes of weights - I usually alternate days with tris/bis, squats, chest/back. 3 sets a piece back and forth.
10-15 minutes of cardio on a treadmill, moving stairs, stepper...something more difficult then bike or elliptical.
Finish up with 3 sets of abs on a bosu alternating with assisted chin ups (85lbs).
Stretch that sh*t out!
Occasionally I'll go to a spin class or do a Les Mills class that they have at the gym. I should do bootcamp because there are a lot of hot guys in it and it's a killer workout, but I want to get in some shape so I don't pass out during it...that would be embarassing.
If there are days that I don't want to/don't have time for weights, I'll do 40 minutes of cardio and then definitely do my abs/assisted chin ups. For my body, I've noticed a BIG difference just within 3 weeks of how my body reacts to chin ups. For example, the dress I bought for the wedding: a month ago, wasn't going to wear a bra with it. When I put it on Friday, I had to wear a bra with it or it would have slid off me. (Sorry if that's TMI, just wanted to give an example.) Plus, I used to date someone who climbed, and I got sucked into it and that machine helps with the muscles I need for climbing. Unfortunately, there isn't a climbing gym near me...I really wish there was. That is a killer workout and so much fun if anyone hasn't tried it yet and is lucky enough to have a gym close by.
I'm not dieting, but I'm trying to eat smaller portions of "bad" stuff and make wiser choices of eating "good" stuff. You only live once, and there's no way in hell I'm cutting out my favorite foods (CHEESE!) because it's delicious and f anyone who tries to tell me to not eat it. That's how strongly I feel about cheese.
That's it. Anyone can feel free to comment, chime in, give me new ideas, etc. I'm so excited that I know I will be able to fit into my favorite clothes...jeans & skirts! within the next 2 months. I'm not getting in shape for summer, I'm just getting in shape. But it's nice that I'll be in shape for the summer on the boat