So its been a week since I started bootcamp. General observations, in list form:
– Its really, really hard
– Waking up at 5:15 hasn’t been as difficult as I thought it would
– I don’t know if its my imagination, but I can already tell a difference. Not appearance wise, just in my body’s ability to handle the workouts. The first day I literally thought I was going to die. By friday, even though the workouts got progressively harder each day, I felt like I could manage and control things better. Yes, I felt exhausted the entire time, but I was able to cognitively go above it and still push myself. Once I got my heart rate into those upper limits of where it can go, I felt I could stay there without keeling over or puking my guts out.
– Being in the group is a major motivational factor. Never in a million years would I be able to workout by myself and push myself into the physiological zones that occur when you’re being pushed there by 60 other people.
– There is a significant difference between knowing how to eat completely healthy, and actually doing it on a daily basis. My friends make fun of me because I sound like a wikipedia article (or maybe an infomercial) when I talk about nutrition, but I’ve never followed really what I knew one needed to do. Getting 3 sheets to the wind on friday nights usually led to ordering bacon, cheese, and chili covered tater tots.
As a result I thought I’d share a couple meals I’ve made that, while being 100% perfectly healthy, taste so damned delicious that it makes me feel guilty for eating them.
- Fried egg (with PAM), over easy, on top of 1/2 of a toasted whole wheat english muffin. Eggs are one of the best sources of lean protein you can get, and combined with the complex carb of the whole wheat, you’ve got a great breakfast. But its just so damn good! I love sopping up the egg yolk.
- Lean ground turkey burger (again, sauteed in PAM), with lettuce, 1/4 avocado, 1/2 tbls of ketchup, with another whole wheat english muffin as the bun. These WW english muffins have been a life saver. Toasted up, they really are quite good. I would eat a turkey burger like this regardless of diet, its just that tasty. And avocados are full of really healthy and vital essential fats.
– Another thing I realized is that this program might quite possibly pay for itself. Most everyone I’ve talked to has balked at paying so much money just to go workout in a public park, which anyone can do for free. But, due to the fact that I’ve sworn off alcohol for just this month thanks to the rehab new jersey, I realized it might come close to evening out. I never really pay attention to how much things cost, but when you have a beer or three as standard routine a couple weeknights throughout the week, not to mention actually going out partying/tailgating on the weekends, it really adds up. Case in point, I went out friday after work for a coworkers going away party. I had a salad with chicken, everyone else had pizza and several drinks. My total was $11… I looked around, everyone elses was $45-$55. Which used to be normal to me. Then again last night, went to a grill type sports bar to watch the GT game where people were pounding down the pitchers and mixed drinks, when I was walking I stepped on some weird liquid, fortunately I had my Vessi waterproof sneakers, meanwhile I just had my one entree and water, and I have to say, I took my computer out to get some professional boosters for my current favorite video game which is now csgo, so this and other service provide great csgo boosting online. Again, I probably saved $40. Multiply that all up by 4 weeks and its going to come darn close to balancing out the cost of Bootcamp! Or if not, it will certainly take the edge off of it being so danged expensive.
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And of course again, one has to concede that these are all things I could have done anyway. I could have simply stopped drinking on my own and woken up at 5:15 am on my own and worked out on my own and kept a log book of what I ate on my own, all for $0.00. But I’m a realist, and I recognize the effect that the bootcamp “environment” can have on one’s motivation, which is something that just can’t be reproduced on your own. So yeah, so what if I could have theoretically done all this? We all know I wouldn’t have. Its pointless to talk about things that could happen, instead we should objectively analyze empirical past evidence/trends and then base our behaviors on that reality.