Thursday, January 12, 2012

Bustin' My Booty At Booty Camp...And News!

I started my 8 week "Booty Camp Fitness" classes with my sister on Monday night. Let me tell you straight off, I was totally nervous about the pain that was going to be inflicted there. I mean, it's BOOT CAMP, not "have a latte and get a massage camp."  The whole point of signing up for this endeavour was to bust out of a rut and to whip ourselves into shape. It's been many, many months since I really put any effort into exercise, and whoa do I need it.

Booty Camp Fitness has great testimonials on their site, but it also has great word of mouth from people I actually know, many of whom lost tons of inches and pounds. Check and check! Sign me up! I got my gear together, got my butt out the door and headed off with my sister to our first sweat-a-thon.

Wow. That's all I can really say. It's now Thursday and I'm still barely able to go down the stairs without clutching the railing. Sitting on the toilet involves mostly just falling on to it and hoping I hit the mark. The first class involved about a bazillion squats, lunges, burpees, squat jumps, lunge jumps, jumping jacks, push-ups, sit ups....It's all kind of a blur now.  I'm a pretty competitive person in that I don't like to actually SHOW that I'm dying or can't keep going-but in this class? There's no way you can do that. I had to modify a few times (okay, a few hundred times) and I had to stop once or twice. It was super intense.

Last night was the second class and I was dreading going. I mean, how in heck was I supposed to even DO the exercises when I can't even walk or sit? It was a Cardio Combat type of class with kickboxing and cardio for 5 minute intervals, followed by 5 minutes of different weight and plank stations. This was still killer, but way more up my alley.

I have to do a DVD twice this week as well and was told to not have any sugar or alcohol by our trainer. So far, I'm doing well. I'm scared that I'm not going to be able to move tomorrow since the workouts seem to hit me even harder the second day but I guess we'll see what happens with that. It's kind of frustrating to be basically out of commission but I'm sure it will get better. Let's hope because getting anything accomplished is a nightmare and takes double the time!

In VERY EXCITING news, you are now looking at the new blogger on the "Losing It In Ottawa" site! They put a request out for new writers to join their team and I took the bull by the horns! I wrote up my email and saved it as a draft for a day or so. I'm a pretty private person when it comes to my personal life, and talking about weight or fitness struggles may not seem glamorous, but I think it's important. SO many of us are trying each day to do better and be better and to make health and fitness a priority in our lives, and it's both comforting and inspiring to see others who are on the same path. I had resolved to just DO and take more spontaneous chances this year-so I pressed send and waited to see if I'd be chosen!

I'll be writing every second Saturday, starting January 28th. I'll be chronicling my journey for 8 weeks, as I go through this Booty Camp challenge, as I get my head in the game clean and whole eating wise, and as I make being active more of a daily thing both on my own and with my family. "Losing It In Ottawa" has had many great bloggers writing for them, and terrific, inspiring stories of individuals who have found their way to their best selves. I'm truly excited and honoured to be able to join their team. Please follow me along there, and let me know what you think. I appreciate your comments and feedback, and most importantly, your encouragement!

"Losing It In Ottawa" can be found here:

Bookmark it, follow it, add your insight! I'd love to see you all!

Speaking of moving my behind, I better slowly and gingerly pick myself off of this chair and go slip in my DVD. It's not going to be an easy road ahead, but with your help, it will be a successful one!


  1. Hi Trace,

    Congrats on being one of the newest members of the Losing It Ottawa team! We love those ladies :)

    Look forward to reading more about your Booty Camp journey. Also, if you're looking to cut sugar, check out our CEO's blog - she's got a whole post on sugar alternatives!

    Lisa Richards
    Communications Manager
    Booty Camp Fitness

  2. Thanks for reading and commenting Lisa! I'm excited about being active with the healthy lifestyle and physical strength Booty Camp represents for women! I'll definitely be posting as I challenge myself week to week! I'll take a look at the sugar alternatives on the blog! I would definitely welcome some! Cold turkey so far!

    Losing It In Ottawa has had so many awesome bloggers-brave, open, inspiring! I'm honored to be in their ranks!

    Thanks again!

  3. Great news about the LIO gig! I'llbe following your journey... I am a sometimes reader of the blog but I will read every one if your posts. Looking forward to it. Hope the muscles are adjusting and adapting and getting stronger :)

  4. Thanks Liisa! That means SO much to me! Nothing like Booty Camp to make you realize how much work there is to do..but the point is DOING it....So, I know it'll get better and better. BTW-LOVE your new blog layout! Looks fantastic!!

  5. OMG I laughed!I often think I am the only one in agony after an aerobics class, work out or jog - everyone else "seems" fine. Glad you are pushing through and taking the challenge. I've got the food down pat just need to muster up the courage to do my own booty camp. It terrifies me! You are inspiring Tracey and I love your honesty. Claire

  6. CONGRATS on Losing it in Ottawa! I will totally follow! Hurray!

  7. Aw, thanks Claire! Definitely not the only one in agony! Lol I heard much cursing and moaning-even from the skinny minnies so I knew it was kick butt! Lol You should join the next go round with me! Outdoors! Yikes! Lol

    Thanks Anonymous! Appreciate the follow! :)