A Summarized Version of “A Workout Regimen is Born!”

I.B. requires very specific results from any CAS hours, so I’ll paraphrase my first post, which detailed my shared workout regimen with Gwendolyn117, including what goals I hit.

Increased awareness of own strengths and areas for growth

What did you learn about yourself? I learned that I can take a lot of pain, as long as I benefit in the long run.

Did the activity humble you? Boost your self confidence? A bit of both. I learned that my body was not a well-oiled machine, but I felt better about myself after sticking to the regimen.

Undertook new challenges

  1. What was challenging? Why was it challenging? Pushing myself to my limits. I often had to force myself to keep going despite the discomfort.
  2. Have you done anything similar before? No, but I have since.
  3. How did you overcome the challenge? Sheer willpower and the channeling of my ancestors’ strength.

Planned and initiated activities

  1. What was your organizational process? I mapped out the exercises necessary for each day of the week, then for the month, etc.
  2. What did you learn about planning and initiating activities? Was it easy? Difficult? It was easy once I got the hang of it. I learned how to build a schedule and stick to it.

Worked collaboratively with others

  1. Is working with others generally easy or hard for you? It really depends on the person, but I usually get along well with Gwendolyn117. She’s a great gal, and I value her input.
  2. Did you have to work with anyone difficult? How did you handle it? Of course, anyone who has ever gone to school has had to work with someone they disagree with. I usually delegate tasks I feel they would excel at, then attempt to divide the work evenly from there, being patient and polite.
  3. Why is it important to be able to work collaboratively with others? You can’t get much done if you can’t work with others. Often, working poorly with others hinders more than helps your goals.

Showed perseverance and commitment in activities

  1. Was perseverance or commitment difficult? Why? Yes, at times the sore muscles and hard work were difficult, especially near the beginning. As we continued however, I saw the fun in the exercise.
  2. Why is showing perseverance and commitment important? Commitment and perseverance allow you to get the most out of a task, and the best results out of a situation. Had I given up, I wouldn’t have gained the benefits of being fit (and being able to eat what I wanted in the name of “carbo-loading”).

Developed new skills

  1. What new skills did you learn? The ability to create a workout regimen and the determination to keep going on a long run.
  2. How could this skill be useful to you in the future? When I’m older and out of the house, this will be useful, perhaps when I’m in college and super busy.
  3. How does this new skill make you feel about yourself? Pretty confident, actually. It makes me feel prepared.
  4. Why is it important to learn new skills? Because they can be useful later in life.

A Workout Regimen is Born!

Truthfully, a lot of these first few posts will be created quickly, and with little breathing room between. The time it takes to make a new post will gradually get longer as I catch up with what projects I’ve completed.

My first project was started way back in the middle of June, when my good friend, whom I shall refer to as Gwendolyn117, as she enjoys being called, came to me with the idea. She and I should work out together, it would be so much fun! I am not a mobile person usually, but at the time I thought, “Why not? I could use it for IB, and I need to be more active. Two birds, one stone!”

Now every day I wake up at 6:50 AM, bike a mile or so to her house, then go for a two-mile run (the mileage has been upped since we started in June, so it’s more like four these days). After that we have a hellish cool-down known only as “Tabata” (Do one set of exercises for two minutes, each exercise lasting ten seconds. Repeat with different exercises three more times, and in the end you’ll want to curl up into a fetal position and die, but you could grate cheese on the abs you’ve created!) and I bike back home. Thank the Lord that Tabata is only on Mondays, or I’d have died in the first week.

These days it’s mostly stamina training, like running forty minutes straight or three miles without any breaks.

I’m doing this project for selfish reasons, I won’t lie. While I would rather lose weight by biking, I know that four miles on a bike is the same as one mile running, calorie-wise, so jogging is preferable when burning off fat. I’ll admit, I wanted to be rid of the muffin-top I seem to have acquired over the year, which is mostly gone now. Finally, I just enjoy talking to my friend, and this is an excuse not to just have “text conversations”.

How do I feel after this workout regimen? Well, I don’t think I’ll stop soon, so I can’t say for sure, but right now I feel good. I don’t run out of breath as easily as before, I have a larger appetite, and I’m better at biking, which is awesome! I used to detest P90X and all it stands for, still do, but now that spot is shared by the haunting words “Welcome to Tabata!”

This is actually a pretty long post, so I’ll end it here. Oh, and I think I’ll end each of my posts with a quote. They don’t have to make sense, but since when has that ever stopped anyone?

“People who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do.” -Isaac Asimov