I have been exercising regularly for seven weeks.
I am strong.
I am invincible.
I hadn’t lost any pounds in the last two or three weeks, so I started evaluating things. I decided it could be my exercise routine, so I went to Walmart and got a different one.
I later discovered that I could have started doing customized workouts on my EA Sports Active game, so I’ll probably come back to that later on.
Joe and I looked over all of the Wii options, and we decided on The Biggest Loser. On the back of the package, it talked about different workouts and a 4-, 8-, or 12-week program.
We brought the game home, set up our individual profiles. I hesitated to chose the Easy program since I am so clearly a physical fitness buff now. Joe convinced me that I could always bump it up to Medium if the Easy proved to be too easy. I acquiesced.
In the morning, I woke at 5 am, ready for my workout.
The Biggest Loser program asked me if I wanted to warm up before exercising. I thought I should, so it told me that I would do a 6-minute warm up program.
And then it actually started.
By the end of the warm up, I was ready to collapse onto my couch. The warm up was tough.
It’s not that the exercises were tough; they weren’t. For the most part, it was the same sort of thing I’d been doing – squats, lunges, arm raises, and that sort of thing. Easy stuff.
Except, The Biggest Loser game does those exercises in rapid fire succession.
When the actual workout began, it was the same as the warm up. More of the same fast pace, the same exercises.
And then the push ups began.
How does a person as fat as me do push ups?
Are you kidding?
After 15 minutes of breathless exertion, my trainer told me that I could get a drink of water. I collapsed on the chair in my living room, unable to get back up. I was spent.
Feeling like a total failure, I figured out how to quit my workout. I’d done one circuit (out of two planned by the trainer), but at the highest intensity I could imagine.
I worked hard.
I laughingly called my new program torture, but I did it again today. This time, the program only asked me to do one circuit, and I was able to get through it.
By the end of the circuit, my arms and legs are burning and shaky. I’m unsteady on my feet, and I have to sit down for a bit to recover.
It may be tough, but I’m burning a lot of calories.
I can’t wait to tell you that I moved up to medium. Just don’t expect it to happen this week. Or next. Or the one after that.
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