Tuesday, August 03, 2010
One thing I have learned for sure is that if you don’t move forward you are sure to slide backwards. I had reached a point in my exercise and fitness development where I felt I had hit a wall, reached a plateau, and was generally uninspired by my workouts. My C25K training provided me with motivation but I was only running three days a week and while I looked forward to the experience every time I looked in the mirror I saw a shrinking body that resembled a sack of potatoes. Everything just sorta hung, I really felt I had accomplished all I could on my own and not having a workout buddy I began contemplating working with a personal trainer.
My first consideration was cost. In a nutshell it’s not cheap. I opened my checkbook and looked at what I was spending monthly for Joan and me to eat out on those nights we were “just too tired to cook.” I was surprised how much money we were spending, even if it were just for two people. I decided that if we cut that in half it would generate a bit of revenue.
My next consideration was finding a trainer to meet my needs. I narrowed it down to four and after a lot of soul searching I picked Jen. Jen was a dance major in college and she also has my very direct, blunt approach to dealing with things. That’s not to say she isn’t friendly, but like me, she is not looking for another friend. I told her what I wanted and she told me what she could do, we shook hands and set a date to begin. That was yesterday.
I have to tell you I was nervous. I was afraid I was going to look silly and all those other silly thoughts that run through my head periodically. The first thing she did was go over what we would be doing, how she liked to do it and told me not to be bashful about asking questions. She told me if she was going to fast or to slow to please let her know. She made me feel comfortable and at ease. After the first set of exercises I was no longer nervous.
She worked my entire body. She used a series of exercises that included free weights, circuit machines and resistance bands. We finished with abdominals on the stability ball. Everything was predictable, which is what I like. I picked her primarily because of her background. I was looking to increase my flexibility and balance and add some tone to my shape.
I woke up this morning, “work out sore.” It’s a good feeling and it’s equal from top to bottom. I am not too sore so I will be able to do my C25K training later today. We are going to work together twice weekly, on Monday’s and Fridays. My sessions last approximately an hour.
It’s a good feeling to know I am working with someone who knows what they are doing. I told her when I hired her that she was the professional and I was going to trust her to construct a program that would meet my needs. If the first session was any indication I made the right choice.
Sunday, August 01, 2010
We lost 6.8 pounds this week.
Yes, I know I logged the food, did the exercise and made the right choices but you supplied the support and encouragement. If I had the Spark points available and the time to do so I'd send each of you a Goodie.
i am so grateful and appreciative of all the support and genuine friendship I receive here and I hope I give an equal amount in return. When I win, we all win because along with my family, my doctor, my personal trainer, my massage therapist and a few more you folks are an integral part of my team.
I am two tenths of a pound away from reaching the 75% point of my goal. So "Team John" had a great week and each of you is a big part of it.
We will be in Louisville all day to celebrate our grand daughters fifth birthday.
I thought I'd pass something on a friend posted on my Spark Page last night.
"It's the last day of July ...a good time to reflect upon your goals for August! Things to consider may be...
How many fitness minutes do you want to try to achieve?
How many pounds would you reasonably like to lose?
What new activities would you like to try?
What has been working for you that you would like to continue?
What hasn't been working and should be changed?
Not everyone likes to set goals, but it is a valuable tool to use on this journey. Goals help to provide focus and a vision for what we want to accomplish. Even if we fail to meet our goals, the experience provides valuable feedback --- What went wrong? What behavior do we need to change to attain what we set out to do?
Take a few minutes ... challenge yourself with some goals for August!
... Looking forward to success in August! Keep on keepin' on!! "
That came from KEEPINBUSY
Have a good Sunday
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