I would like to be a runner. Everyone says it is the best way to drops pounds and tone everything from the neck down. Alas, I have Franken-ankle. I was in a car accident when I was 19 and frankly, I was lucky to walk away with my foot still attached to my leg.
I have tried to start running several times in my adult life. I ran for a while in college with a friend and have tried to start the Couch to 5K program twice. I have some success and then reality crashes the party with extreme ankle pain and the inability to walk for a few days.
Since I can’t be a runner, I have had to find other ways to get fit. I am always looking for a challenge and tend to get bored easily. I started Tae Kwondo two years ago, and that has provided the mental challenge I am looking for, but not necessarily the body composition changes I seek. Following my husband, I started the Stronglifts 5×5 weight lifting program.
I have NEVER stepped foot in the “guy” side of the gym. I was always intimidated by the big weight plates and the clanging loud noises. I am conquering my fears and lifting the big weights. This program is simple to follow: 5 different exercises, 5 sets of 5, add 5 pounds each time the exercise is completed. I have finished 7 weeks and 5 weeks to go. So far I am pretty please with the changes in my body composition. I feel stronger and more confident. Maybe I’m finding my groove.
- Squats, 135 lbs
- Overhead Press, 65 lbs
- Deadlift, 150 lbs
- Bench Press, 80 lbs
- Barbell Row, 85 lbs