Leveling up – Week One

I did it!

I told myself (but I didn’t tell you guys) that I was going to do 3 strength training workouts last week. And while I assumed I’d do them at home (using the lone 10 lb dumbbell I bought to do one-arm rows with) well – I went to the gym twice instead.

And I used the weights in the free weight section like a big girl! (Most of my work was in the corner/on the mats still – am still not comfortable. But at least I’m there…)

After 1 day of a cobbled-together workout, I sprung for the Rebel Fitness Guide over at Nerd Fitness, and I’m now working my way through their Level 1 Rookie Workout. (Sure, I could have put something together myself, paid a personal trainer at my gym, or pulled in my friend Amy as my fitness guide. While I will definitely lean on Amy – well, I needed something just to tell me what to do in order to get going.)

So yes, I’m doing squats. Overhead presses. Wall pushups. Planks and hip raises and deadlifts. And I’ll be doing them for at least 3 days a week for the rest of the year.

(And tracking my progress in an appropriately-nerdy Google Docs spreadsheet, no less…)

(There it is – Commitment #1. Look for more of those soonish…)

How do I feel? Energized. Way sore in spots – but not in an agonizing way. (Squats are a killer workout for me thus far, though.) And a little bit (okay, teeny-tiny bit) stronger.

What’s up for this week? What are a few more of my goals and promises? Stay tuned for the next post – and yes, there’s a BHAG on the table (for me, anyway) for the month of March, there is…

See this article by Steve about why he started Nerd Fitness (& what you can expect)

And while I was diving into Steve’s latest post, I stumbled across this incredible testimony to a more ancestral way of eating – here, the story of how a MS victim, doctor & scientist reversed the disease’s progression by eating the right foods and eliminating the ones that aren’t good for us. Please take 17 minutes to watch Dr. Terry Wahl's TED presentation

Eat real food already, people…

[This is part of a series documenting the pleasant physical changes over the last year or so. See the preamble, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9 and Part 10.]


  1. Todd K

    Way to go Betsy, and good for you for creating your own accountability by telling others!

    Now to go slink to the gym myself …

  2. Nice going, Betsy!

    I spent last week trying to get myself back into rock climbing — something I used to do three times each week for up to two hours at a pop. I’m pushing myself to go two or three times every week, and I’m happy right now if I last 20-30 minutes climbing solo.

    So, if you ever feel like giving climbing/bouldering a try, you know where to find me…

    I’ll also check out the Dr. Terry Wahls TED talk link. Thanks for sharing this.

  3. This is great! I look forward to joining you for a workout sometime soon. Seems you found some good advice on exercises to do.

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