Mama Bootcamp Week 1: Not your typical workout

By: Stephanie Garcia, Gold Country News Service
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Editor's note: Stephanie Garcia is chronicling her experience doing the six-week Mama Bootcamp program.

Week 1

Hi. My name is Stephanie Garcia and I need to lose my baby weight.

Not the baby weight from my 7-month-old son (I gained 24.5 pounds with him and lost it all in five weeks), I need to lose the 80 pounds I gained 12 years ago when I was pregnant with his big sister.

So, I signed up for Mama Bootcamp in Roseville, and for the next six weeks, I'm going to attend three classes per week.

My first session was on Wednesday at 5 a.m. at The Fountains in Roseville. Waking up, I felt energized, excited and eager. Within five minutes, I realized that this is NOT your typical workout class. This is a results-driven, goal-oriented, in-your-face program with a trainer who's been there-done that and is available to you seven days per week - so no excuses.

After an hour-and-a-half, I was tired, hungry, sore and drenched in sweat, and I felt that I had just signed up for something way over my head.

Upon getting home at 6:45 a.m. with the family still nestled in their beds, I reviewed the binder of materials that Lorri handed out to all of us newbies. This would be my life for the next six weeks.

First, I was to write down my goals, and fill out a daily food log. A very detailed food log. It seemed simple until the day began and the eating started. I'm sure four cookies, two strawberries, (yay-fruit!) and a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on white bread is NOT what Lorri has in mind for me.

The next day, I was sore. How sore? So sore that I had to wake up my husband to help me get out of bed so that I could go to the bathroom. We laughed so hard, I barely made it. The rest of the day was spent aching and limping around the house. I drank my water, logged my excessive amount of calories and looked at the schedule for the next workout. It was Saturday at 7:30 a.m.

Saturday morning, I attended the 7:30 a.m. Mama Bootcamp at Maidu Park. My friend Tinna met me there. We joined about 30 other women and did the "Back to Basics" Bootcamp with Lorri. This consisted of stretching, weights, jogging (we walked) and more core training including sprints, weights and lunges. An hour-and-a-half later, I thought to myself, "Hey, I can do this."

Check back next week when I detail my second week's experience, from my love/hate relationship with my food journal to how I was able to attain the 80-100 ounces of water per day, without peeing my pants (well, there was that one day...)