Another problem is that colds pour stress onto stress, and that is something I am struggling to contain at the moment. This time of year is always stressful in the office, and whilst this year seems to be much better than previous years, it's still bad enough that I had an apology from my boss on Friday. You see it's his first year, and in August I was making the planning and making sure that I had people available for my project now. Everyone was adamant that we would have been ready and I was being over the top by making sure the people were still available. Well... We still have weeks of work for developers, there are times when being able to say 'I told you so' doesn't feel great. But my boss spoke to me on Friday to apologise for not believing me when I was making the planning (though he didn't block my planning, he thought it was not going to be needed). He can't believe that we are still working on it, but I get the feeling that next year the planning may just be a little better - he's the first one to actually admit that we need these people.
And then of course there is preparing for the fact that in 3 weeks I'll be working as Stacy. Everything is ready. I thought. Hahahahaha. Last week I was working out the planning for that and since then the stress has been that high that my IBS has had me in agony and yesterday I simply collapsed from exhaustion. Literally. A migraine that tablets couldn't touch, short term memory loss (Mrs Stace asked me for a drink and had to tell me three times in less than a minute what she wanted as it just would not stick in my head) and lots of borderline sleep through the day.
Having the feeling of a constant cold was not helping matters at all!
It has different levels of work out for those just starting, those who have some experience and those who are really fit and annoying (I hope to join that group by the end of the winter ;p).
I started with the lowest levels - gentle movements and routines that lasted 5 minutes or so. It is a good way to start, and a good way to get into the different moves that you have to do. And the fact that you see yourself on the screen means that you can see when you are doing it wrong; OK a mirror would work just as well, but then you wouldn't be able to see the instructor! The space you need is quite large - we only just have enough room in our house for it; and if we were in the UK with the tendency to have separate rooms rather than open plan living I don't think there would be enough space without shifting all the furniture to one side!
But, as I still have a baseline fitness the starter ones were really not for me. I could not get my heart rate up enough, and I wasn't feeling like I had had a work out the end of them.
I tried the boot camp routine that it has (stupid of me, it's a level three routine even on the easiest level) and about collapsed at the end of the 6 minutes. On the other hand my heart rate was definitely up!
So I settled for the level 2 routines. I am concentrating on cardio at the moment as all I really want to do is burn calories and get my fitness level up. These take between 12 and 20 minutes per routine so I can do three different workouts and do my whole body. Legs, arms and torso in separate workouts. As this is something that I can't do with running I am actually enjoying it a lot! I think though that I will still try to do one lap of the lake once a week for the fresh air!