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My first fitness boot camp: Tough stuff, but it's paying off

The author knows she needs to work harder and control her diet.

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The author knows she needs to work harder and control her diet.

I hate working out! Nothing annoys me more than lifting weights, doing push-ups, sit-ups and basically sweating my rear off. Unfortunately feeling this way about exercise has caused me over the years to become overweight and suffer some health issues.

So, I took to Facebook to find a place to begin an exercise program. The post I wrote on my page effectively asked for someone to step up to kick my ass, and the first person I connected with was Christine Foreman, the owner of Hammer Time Fitness in New Port Richey.

To say boot camp was the hardest workout I've ever tried would be a gross understatement, but I somehow got through the hour. I've been going one to three days a week since that first day in June, and know that I must commit to going more than that to see any real change.

While in class I look at the clock a lot, hoping time will move faster as I sweat through mountain climbers, laps around the building, jumping jacks, squats and all the other exercises that make my body cringe. I dread going and hate it the whole time I do it but feel like a million bucks at the end of each class.

I'm looking forward to the day that I can get through an hour of boot camp without crying or feeling like I am going to throw up.

Regarding my diet: Foreman gave me a sugar-detox plan that would last two weeks and would help me jump start eating more nutritional foods. I have attempted the detox twice and failed both times because I have not had enough motivation to complete it. I do plan to try again and hope I can find it within myself to complete it.

I plan to keep going to boot camp as well. No one else can do it for me.

— My First Time is a column about Ashley Grant trying new things in Tampa Bay. Got a suggestion for something she can try? Email her at

Boot Camp

Where: Hammer Time Fitness, 6313 Adams St., New Port Richey. (727) 916-1655,

Cost: $10 per class

Three things I learned

1. Sugar is the devil, per my instructor. People consume too much sugar and it is detrimental to our waistlines. Changing your diet will help you lose weight just as much as working out.

2. Modifying an exercise to get through it is okay. Just don't modify to the point where it's not working the muscle it's supposed to be working.

3. Slipping up and cheating on a diet or skipping boot camp is not a free pass to give up or to eat junk food. Every minute can be a fresh start!

Would I do it again? Yes! I hate exercising but boot camp pushes me harder than I am willing to push myself.

My first fitness boot camp: Tough stuff, but it's paying off 09/08/11 [Last modified: Thursday, September 8, 2011 4:48pm]
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