I've been weighing in around the same weight for almost 9 months now, so I started to change up my workout recently. I wrote about doing the 30-day-shred, which has been great for building up my strength and endurance. Since I got to Michigan, I started doing workouts twice a day - I shred in the morning, and then in the evening I've been doing a...variety...of activities.
I've been....swimming...and biking....and running....because I'm training for this:
(I'm training for the sprint version, the .45 mile swim, 21 mile bike ride, and 4.9 mile run. Not the crazyperson race.)It turns out that triathlon training is pretty much what I needed to shock my body out of its comfort zone (aka the elliptical). It offers a lot of variety, and the intensity necessary is completely different from running or "phoning it in at the gym" as Jillian would say. So far I've lost somewhere between 4 and 6 pounds (although we'll see if my week at the beach undoes all that). Plus, I feel awesome. It's so nice to feel like I'm really improving at something - the first time I went swimming I could barely swim four lengths of the pool without stopping, and last week I hit 35. (It actually only took 3 weeks to get to that point - mostly a matter of remembering how to swim, and figuring out how to apply my endurance from running to swimming.)
Next week when I get back, I start actual classes - I'm taking swim lessons, and a spinning class, plus Yoga for Runners. I'm pretty psyched for it actually, and bought a new bathing suit yesterday for my swimming lessons. I'm trying to do each "activity" 2 times a week, and I'm really working on the transitions, so my legs don't feel so much like jelly when I go from biking to running. I need to find myself a bike for the race, because I ride a Giant Hybrid, which is a little too upright for a tri. I'm pretty excited though, and if my dress happens to fit a little better, that is a nice perk.