Firstly, let me say that I believe that skinny doesn’t automatically mean better and being fat doesn’t mean bad. The fact of the matter is that right now, I am the heaviest I’ve ever been in my life. I get random pains in my knees, heels, neck, and back. I’m weak, uncomfortable, and my stamina is terrible. If I sit in certain positions, I feel like I can’t breathe. Also, my posture has always been atrocious. When I remember just how out of shape I am, I often think of this photo:
I think of all the extra weight I currently have on my bones and in between my organs, and I can’t justify doing that to myself. Treating my body that way does not feel right. For me personally, it’s not a matter of a genetic disorder or slow metabolism. It’s that I don’t move enough and I don’t eat right. I know I can lose weight because I’ve done it before, although that is not my main goal. My main goal is to build a strong body with lean muscles. One that can perform daily tasks, run fast and far, feel comfortable in clothing and help me excel in my future career as a nurse.
In the past when I’ve worked out, I’ve run both outside and on a treadmill, I’ve started (never finished) p90x (a few times), and I’ve done Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred. Recently I also started to use the elliptical machine at the gym…I have a membership, but I don’t go enough. I’ve found that running a lot hurts my knees, and p90x and the 30 day shred are okay, but their philosophies don’t really fit with what I’m trying to bring to my lifestyle. I’m not looking for an overly intense or enthusiastic approach to working out that promises quick results. I’ve decided I need to look for ways to incorporate activities that I enjoy in my workout. I’m somewhat limited because I don’t particularly like to be outside in hot weather, but the other day I came across an article about Mary Helen Bowers, CEO of Ballet Beautiful. This led to much YouTubing and Googling of various ballet workout videos. When I was a little girl I took dance classes for about six years, and although I didn’t really enjoy it at the time, as I’ve grown older I really missed dancing and always admired dancers.
The ballet workouts I researched and watched seem to have philosophies right along the lines of what I’m hoping to achieve with my body. They emphasize strength, grace, lean muscles, and also actually include a little bit of ballet. What they don’t emphasize are fast results or making one’s body look better. I love that. With all of that in mind, I’ve decided to build a new workout regimen with these videos.
Here is my plan:
Six days a week I will do one of the following:
The elliptical trainer may also take the place of a couple of days if I find that I am not getting enough cardiovascular exercise. One day a week will be for rest. This will all begin tomorrow, and I will keep it up for a month and then reevaluate the “program” in a post. I will document my progress weekly via measurements and photos. Hopefully by beginning now and giving myself time to adjust I will have a new routine down by the time school starts up again. And just for fun, I will review each workout at the end of the four weeks. In case you are also interested in any of these workouts, some of them can be found on YouTube and if you are an Amazon Prime subscriber, both of the listed Ballet Beautiful videos are available there. So, tomorrow is December 23rd, check back here on January 20th for an update!