Background: Female, 31 (nearly 32) years old. I'm eight and a half months postpartum from the emergency C-section birth of my first child. I'm still nursing and/or pumping 8-9 times in a 24 hour period and not supplementing with any formula, though my daughter receives solid food.
I'm 5'7". Today I weighed 213 pounds. This is my lowest weight since giving birth. In my adult life I have seen a high of 246 pounds (directly after giving birth, mostly water weight) and a low of 159 pounds (after a year on WeightWatchers and a long summer of working out). I haven't seen the other side of 200 pounds since 2007.
I play soccer weekly, but really haven't done any exercise since the birth of my daughter, long walks and light hikes not counting. I joined a gym several days ago, but since I can really only go after my daughter goes to bed, I wanted to restrict my workout times to about an hour.
On the advice of my brother, who is an Army 18-Delta medic in-training and has sworn by Crossfit-type workouts for years, I came to this site.
Today I did the Week 1, Day 1 workout: 20 minutes of as many 1 pull-up, 2 push-ups, 3 squats sequences that I can do.
I did 20 sequences and fudged a bit, going about 21 minutes (so I could get to 20).
I can't even pretend to do a pull-up, as you might imagine. The bar is at the top of some large contraption and I can't jump to it from the floor, I have to balance my feet on the machine and try to jump up. I basically fall as fast as I jump. About 13 sequences in I started to try to just pull on the bar (without being able to pull my body weight up at all). Am going to have to think about how to do this. The layout of the machine makes it appear nearly impossible for me to do a lot of the suggested subs.
I was surprised at how difficult the pushups were. I'd say I did 3/4 of them on my knees ("girl" style).
Squats didn't feel difficult at all but I'm a little unsure about my form.
Then I did some ROM exercises as a way to stretch or loosen a bit. (Perhaps I will do that first next time).
Then I did 15 minutes on a recumbent bike, 7 minutes Level 5, 8 minutes Level 6.
Then I did 20 crunches (my abs are for crap since giving birth), then 15ish seconds lifting my chest and legs from on my belly, then 15ish seconds holding my legs about 6 inches up while on my back.
An hour later I can already tell I'm going to hurt tomorrow.
Anyway, that's the start to my journey, thanks for reading.