So far the first week of school has been great. I have been reading and taking notes over the chapters I am required to read. My work schedule fits great with my school schedule. I only have to go to work and class on the same day once every two weeks. Amazing! On the days that I do not work, I have scheduled myself to go to the gym on campus. I think it is awesome that I can find time for the three most important things: school, exercise, and work.
I will be able to hit the gym four times per week, given that I am working three days every week. Right now I am mainly focusing on cardio exercises due to the half-marathon I will running in at the end of September. I think I have a new-found love for the elliptical machine. Usually I would run on the treadmill for cardio at the gym. I have tried the elliptical once before, but never gave myself a full workout on it. It just felt like a weird motion for me at the time. I tried it again after a while when I was at the gym with my friend Christy who wanted to try it out. I found that it was a pretty good option for me. It was a smoother exercise than the treadmill. There is less impact and stress on the feet and knees. It is a sweat drenching workout for me! I put the resistance high enough so I get a good workout. I think the elliptical may be the prime option for me when I head to the gym for cardio.
Right now, I am around 198 to 199lbs. with of goal of reaching 180lbs. This is definitely something that I will be able to accomplish with hard work. I have been making a few YouTube videos about my fitness efforts on my channel: http://youtube.com/justincastleman There is one three-week challenge that ends next Sunday that I am participating in on YouTube. Also, Shay Carl on his YouTube channel Shayloss, is holding a whole month of episodes pertaining to fitness in September, so I will be responding to some of his videos with some episodes of mine on my channel. It will definitely keep me motivated and moving until my half-marathon. Check out my videos and thumbs them up! I will occasionally post some videos here!