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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Fitcamp Day Four--I Can Run Even After Smoking a Pack a Day for 30 Years!

I cannot believe that it is already day four here at fitcamp. I must say changing my diet and getting significant exercise is one of the hardest things I have done next to quitting cigarettes. Actually, earlier in the day I was so feeling one. I remembered back in the day (long, long ago) when I used to go to the gym, do 20 minutes on the treadmill, do a step aerobics class and then do 20-30 minutes on the treadmill to cool down. I had a really high capacity for exercise fourteen years ago. After I was done, I would go outside and smoke a cigarette and it was like my treat for doing a great job! Now, I realize how ridiculous that is and told myself , "Thank you for sharing! " Running is  hard enough without adding the cigarette factor it. Speaking of running, my first day here I told Isabeau that I needed to hold onto the treadmill because I didn't think I could do it without holding on. My balance is not all that good to begin with and my cardiovascular endurance is horrible! Well, today I was RUNNING.....yeah I mean really running! On the treadmill AND in the gym during circuit training! I was impressed that I managed to even jog but run....who would have thought it! If you would have asked me if I would be running here on day four I would have told you," Hell no!"  I am finding I can do way more than I ever thought possible.  I think most of the people who are here are discovering the same thing. While the workouts are intense and challenging, I do not feel like I am incapable of moving. They push you hard but not so hard that you feel like you will end up traction.  Well, actually today was pretty bad...I was lying on the hardwood floor feeling like I was going to die and now I feel OK.  I asked Jimmy Moore's wife to take some pictures so I can post em so I will do that later.   I am feeling almost too tired to post pictures!  My days are spent planning meals, cooking, going to the gym twice daily and then reflecting on the process. Me and the other people are starting to bond. Its easy to do when you are with the same people 2/4/7.  

Yesterday we had a day off.  Being the history geek that I am, I went to the Hermitage; Andrew Jackson's home and plantation. Most of the girls went and got a massage and did some shopping, a few of the people went to the Nashville Zoo and Jimmy stayed here and worked on the video that he posted today.  You can see it over at: http://livinlavidalowcarb.com/blog/  I got some awesome pics of the Hermitage and will post them as well. Right now I need to take a shower....and prepare my next meal. 



lynda w said...

That is awesome, Diva! I use to run back in the day and would probably fall on my face if I tried it now. Last time I tried at the gym I could only run for about a minute at a time, walking inbetween minutes.

When you figure out the secret to getting through a run, let me know!

Mz Diva said...

Lets see, my secret is having someone yelling that you can do anything for thirty seconds which I have found to be very true!

maggie's mind said...

Yay for you! That's awesome to be making such progress. I really, really, really wanted to be able to jog when I quit smoking, but the ankle isn't going to cooperate. Still I know that my capacity to do anything is way better than it was.

Stan said...

This is wonderful what you are doing! You may want to write down some things for you to remember later on! Coz I know you will stick to this, and be healthier than ever before! Don't let anything or anyone distract you from the great path you have taken!

When are you coming back home??

Brandie said...

Awesome! I can't even run, even though I can dance hard for hours at a time. I'm so proud of you!

Hang in there and keep us posted!

Sherri said...

Diva, I am so proud of you. Just remember, "whether you think you can do a thing or not, you are right". Good work!

Christie O. said...

Diva! High five to you!!!

It's easy to forget that there's a lot more inside of us than we think and I'm glad to see you're finding it! Congrats on all of your hard work!