Wednesday, May 4, 2016

updated exercise routine

The time has come for my home exercise routine to change. In preparation, I bought two kettle bells--15 lbs and 20 lbs--and two sets of free weights--5 lbs and 10 lbs. I'm really happy that the routine has changed, because I was getting bored of the old one. 

The new routine consists of:
  • Jogging in place, jumping jacks and mountain climbers, alternated three times for a total of 8 minutes
  • Total of 50 walking lunges holding two 10 lb. free weights
  • 2 sets of 15 kettle bell swings with a 10 lb. kettle bell
  • 2 sets of 15 reverse lunges using a 10 lb. kettle bell
  • 2 sets of 15 squat jumps (I HATE these!)
  • 3 sprints, 25 yards each
  • 4 sets of how ever many push-ups I can do: I still can't do a full push-up, but I'm getting there. I can do about 10 to 12 per set now.
  • Plank, as long as I can hold it (I'm up to over a minute now!)
Last night was my appointment and I did a lot of reverse lunges, step-ups, sumo squats, and kettle bell swings. And he made me do squat jumps instead of pushups. 

We typically talk quite a bit during the session: nutrition tips, obesity amongst children (44% of children 12 and under are obese!), and some random stuff. Last night Mark mentioned that I should check into whether insurance would pay for the training, since it's related to the bariatric surgery and the need to have the excess skin removed. That would be great, because personal training is not cheap. I plan to check into it soon, because I'm already worried about how I'll do once the training sessions are done (I paid for three months). 

I also need to find a plastic surgeon once I get close to my goal, so that I can determine how much more weight I need to lose before the surgery. Also, I can then check into whether insurance will pay for some of it. Insurance may pay for the skin removal, but it has to be considered "medically necessary," which means that it causes me pain or infections. I'm not at that point yet, but it's definitely getting uncomfortable, as it pulls on me when I'm in bed on my side. And it's tough to shop for pants. I either have to buy them to fit my waist and the excess skin, or buy them to fit my legs. There's never a happy medium between the two, and it's frustrating. I've had a few rashes, but nothing that required medical attention.

Current weight: 219.4


  1. OMG, I just tried kick-boxing this morning for the first time... Holy cow was that a good workout! I am going to be so sore tomorrow... If you get a chance to try a kick-boxing cardio class do it! It burns like 500-800 calories!

    1. WOW! Kick boxing?? Sounds like fun...and very vigorous!