Editor’s Note: Susan McCreath has been selected to participate in the Year of You, a fitness challenge hosted by The Manteca Bulletin and CORE Athletic Performance. McCreath is keeping a weekly journal, highlighting the strides and struggles of her fitness journey. These are her thoughts and feelings shared with you.
I think I’m just going to give up on the scale! I know I have not been perfect with my eating or my workouts, but I really feel that the scale should be moving. My personal goal was to get under 200 pounds during this journey and I’m starting to feel like it’s crunch time. The workout tonight was super crowded, which definitely helps to pass the time more quickly. Robert had us do something new tonight that was quite mentally and physically challenging at the end of the workout. We were in groups of three and we had to hold the bar over our head as we did squats and lunges together. Just when we thought we were done we had to hold the bar over our heads and run two laps outside. I turned to one of my partners and told her that I couldn’t run and she reassured me and told me to just walk and that they would go at my pace. Knowing that we had to get two laps done and that bar was getting heavy over our heads, I decided that I could jog for part of it so as not to let my team down. Plus, I wanted to get those laps done quickly because that bar was heavy and my damn shoulders and arms had no feeling left in them.
My shoulders have no feeling! Trying to hold onto the steering wheel is like a workout in and of itself! It’s not so much painful as it’s just as if my arms can’t raise up that high and hold the position. I noticed that I spent a good portion of my day stretching my arms and doing arm circles. I even joined a class at school today for their PE stretches. That is probably one of the biggest things I miss about being in the classroom; having the ability to do PE everyday with my class.
Getting home from work at 7:45 p.m. at night and being sound asleep by 8 p.m. is not conducive to working out and not conducive to life in general!
We had a staff meeting this morning and I ordered some items for the staff to munch on: scones, muffins, cookies, and a fruit platter. After the meeting what do you think was left? The fruit platter was just as beautiful as when it was delivered. It had barely been touched!
Friday is jean day … the day I get to see if my jeans feel any looser, or if I get to put on a smaller size jean out of my closet. The smaller size fit and I could get them zipped (woohoo) but since I prefer to breathe while I work I opted to stay in the same size as last week. Definitely baggier and comfortable to wear. I might add that my muffin top is shrinking as well.
At the Oregon game. It’s halftime and I’m starving. First, I have to trek up at least 100 stairs to get from my seat to the food area. I am seriously winded when I get to the top. Then as I look at the standard food choices I tell myself that I don’t want to wait in line forever for crappy food. I figure it out that if I walk down the back of the stadium ramp and stairs there are several vending trucks that are serving “good” food and there are no lines. Go figure! I walk right up to a salad truck. Yes, it looked just like a taco truck, but I ordered a salad. It was a beautiful salad with blueberries and vinaigrette dressing that came with a side of French fries! As the lady handed me the fries I must have had a weird look on my face because she asked me if I really wanted the fries. I told her no and she replied, “Good girl!” That made me feel so good. So off I went back to my seat with a salad in hand. When’s the last time you ate a blueberry salad at a football game?
Driving back from Oregon I try to get my mind prepped for the week ahead – what’s on my calendar, what food am I going to eat, when will I work out. Once home, it’s a mad dash to the store and getting food ready for the week ahead.
Connect with Susan McCreath and CORE Athletic Performance trainer Robert Iniguez on the Year of You Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/theyearofyouchallenge.