The Biggest Loser: Boot Camp Sunday, Jan 24 2010 

Now that I’m an administrator, I’ve completely fallen off the work out wagon. I probably made it to the gym only three or four times in the last five months of 2009. And I’ve started seeing the consequences: my waist is slowly getting bigger. I know that I’ve reached a turning point: either start working out again or go back up a pants size.

I really don’t want to go up a pants size again, especially after working so hard to get back to my ideal size. Furthermore, I’ve had it in my mind for the last year or two that I want to be in the best shape I’ve ever been in when I turn 40 this June. That’s not the path I’m on right now, so I know that I’ve got to make some lifestyle changes.

In particular, I knew that I needed to find something that I could do at home to workout. Some of my fellow deans were talking before a recent meeting about having a treadmill at home. I’m not prepared to go that far yet, but I do need to have some way of working out that doesn’t mean going to the gym at 8 or 9 PM.

So, when PJ and I were grocery shopping last Sunday, we saw a display of workout DVDs on sale. They are by the personal trainers from NBC’s The Biggest Loser. Since they were on sale and since I’d been saying I needed something to do at home, we bought two of them, including The Biggest Loser: Boot Camp. Here’s a sample:

I finally got around to trying it out on Thursday evening. I have to say that it’s a great workout, especially for someone who hasn’t been working out for a while. The beginner section, which lasts 30 minutes (5 minutes of warm-up, 20 minutes of workout, and 5 minutes of cool down), is really pretty hard. I could barely move on Friday!

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Looking Good, Feeling Gorgeous Wednesday, Sep 10 2008 

Today I went to see my doctor for my annual physical. I think this best sums up how I feel about it:

Not that I look anything like Rusty Joiner or Rupaul, but my doctor was so pleased with my progress this past year that I can’t help but feel great!

First and foremost, my cholesterol has improved. While the overall number is still a little high, my “good” cholesterol has improved significantly–11 points over the past year–so much so that it kind of shocked my doctor. I had to remind him that I’ve been working out pretty hard with my trainer for most of the year, which he said is the reason for the improved number. My “bad” cholesterol has also improved, though not as dramatically. It went down 8 points.

I’ve also been eating much better this year, especially since becoming a vegetarian, but I definitely need to keep an eye on it still. I’m a little too fond of carbs. I’m also a little too prone to fried foods. Even so, I’ve lost 13 pounds since I saw him (and about 15 all together since I started working out, which is the equivalent of 2 pant sizes).

My doctor wants me to keep up the exercise, especially weight training to build more muscle. He said that the muscle will help keep my blood sugar levels under control. (I have “impaired fasting glucose.”) He also suggested that I go from working out about twice a week to at least three times, but we’ll have to see about that. I”m not sure I’m going to have time for that.

So, while I’m not a male supermodel with six-pack abs or a fierce drag queen in stilettos, I’m doing better than I was a year ago. And I feel gorgeous!