Hiiii My name is Gill (that's Jill, only spelled with a "G"). Well Gillian really, but s’all the same! I used to live in New Orleans, but now I live in The-Middle-of-Nowhere, NJ. I graduated in May with my Bachelors in Environmental Science, and I am currently serving as an AmeriCorps volunteer focused on improving watershed health. I'm looking forward to a new adventure once my program ends in July!


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Boot Camp Day I : COMPLETE!

I am le pooped. I woke up at 4:45 A.M. to get myself dressed and out the door by 5:05. I had to ride my bike there, so I didn’t want to be late! It starts at 5:30 M-F throughout May!

I got there early and chatted with a few people out front, and then August (trainer) got there. He had far too much* pep in his step for someone about to participate in boot camp at 5:30 A.M. (*I’m just jealous.)

There were probably 20 ish of us in there, and we all took off our shoes and headed into the padded room (not the kind that holds crazy people) ((okay, wait maybe)). We began by stretching, and then quickly headed into rapid fire sets of squats, push ups, jumping jacks, sit ups, crunches, butterflies, sumo squats, jumping squats, some other kind of squats I don’t know the name of, planks, etc.etc.etc. It was fun and SUPER challenging. After the first set of push ups, I had to do the rest modified. (HELLOOOO lame upper body strength.) At least I was awesome at squats. And I learned lots of new exercises!

For a few of the exercises, I could feel my heart rate getting suuuuper high, though. I started to feel a little nauseous (Good job, August, good job.), so I had to sit for a few seconds to wait for my heart to calm down.

Riding my bike home, my arms felt like jello. Can’t wait for tomorrow morning!