I have never been so sore in my life. The slight pressure it took to shave my legs hurt my calf muscles this morning.

I have been working out 3 times a week since April with a trainer who focuses on teaching me how to strengthen myself using my own weight. She uses a boot camp approach and has me use very little equipment. I use an exercise ball, a bosu ball, hand weights and will occasionally use exercise/resistance bands. That’s about it. Nothing fancy, but I love my time with her and I’ve most definitely seen progress and have gained strength.

Last week I asked her to accompany me to the gym to teach me how to use the equipment there. Right now I’m wondering what the hell I was thinking. Using this equipment has never been part of the plan for me, but I wanted to know how to use it correctly, just in case. Good God. #1 – it wasn’t very fun. The equipment is bulky and clunky and just plain awkward. #2 – I don’t feel just sore, I feel like I’ve hurt myself. I don’t know enough to know if this is normal, so I’m going to have to assume that it is and that it will get better.

A new semester just started, so I have a completely new schedule to adapt to. I’ve worked out a good exercise plan that should last through December:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 1 hour session with trainer each day, 30 minutes to 1 hour cardio each day prior to session with trainer (tentative plans for Friday cardio to be accomplished through 1 hour spin class)

Tuesday, Thursday: 1 hour cardio each day

Saturday: Nothing

Sunday: 30 minutes cardio, 1 hour weight lifting (alternate upper & lower body each week)

I’ve also come up with a weight loss goal for September 1 through January 1 since my initial goal ends this week (which is unbelievable to me – I’ve not only stuck with all of this, but have surpassed all fitness goals I created for myself and have a lifestyle I never dreamed possible. The work out schedule I outlined above is extremely doable and enjoyable for me now, but would have been laughable at this time last year.)

New goal: Lose 24 pounds. I have 18 weeks, so that averages to right around 1.5 pounds per week. I think know this is a realistic goal if I buckle down and quit having pizza for dinner every night. I’m excited!

Jon has decided to redo his goals, too, and needs to lose 15 pounds to be at his goal weight. Given 18 weeks, he needs to lose a little less than a pound a week to reach that by January 1. Again, we’ve loosened our standards, so I think this is completely realistic for him if we continue to revamp our eating habits.

I’m planning to put something in the sidebar showing our progress in hopes that it will keep us motivated.