Wednesday, December 17, 2014
My trainer told me yesterday that I only had one more session with her left. She asked if I wanted to renew and in my usual way of avoidance I said, "Let me think about it." I know full well that I will not renew another round of personal training. Here's why.
While I had fun doing the workouts with her, they were always a little chaotic. A half-hour is not a lot of time do the exercises and still learn the hows and the whys -- which was my stated goal from the start. While this is not my trainer's fault (I could have paid for one-hour sessions), her disorganization made the 30 minutes worse. She said she would email or text me the exercises of that day, but failed to follow-through more times than not. Out of 12 sessions, I think I have 3 circuits that she sent or gave to me. She would occasionally end early (one time, 10 minutes early because she had a class to teach) or promise a free session. Twice she cancelled on me last-minute.
And this really is my biggest complaint: While she's great and knowledgeable about fitness, her business skills leave something to be desired. A good trainer has both knowledge and professionalism. (I won't even tell you about the gossip she filled me in on about other trainers, or the time she flirted with someone who was working out near us and left me on my own.)
Because we always felt so rushed, I didn't feel like there was a natural progression of difficulty from week to week. While there might have been, it wasn't communicated to me and wasn't apparent. And I guess I feel a little more comfortable down in the weight room, but I am not walking away from this with the knowledge and confidence I wanted. To be fair, more sessions might help with this... I've never been a terribly confident person, so 12, 30-minute sessions with any trainer might not get me to where I envisioned myself.
I bought a strength training guide called Girls Gone Strong www.girlsgonestrong.com/ and will try that next. It is a multi-week program that builds upon on each week's exercises. There are videos that show proper form and a workbook that tells you what to do each session. Fingers crossed! I donít think I'll start it until February since I'll be doing the Whole30 diet in January and that will take up a lot of my time.
Now: Do I give my trainer feedback on why I won't be returning? I would be kind, and focus on the business aspect of my complaint. But sometimes it's easier to just let things go and let people be.
Thursday, December 11, 2014
The American Heart Association recommends that we not consume any more than 100 calories of added sugar per day. I'm pretty sure this translates to about 25 grams of sugar, or 6 teaspoons.
Yesterday I ate a cookie that had 26 grams of sugar!
I had a yogurt this morning that had 17 grams of sugar (some added, some naturally-occurring in the milk) and a coffee creamer that had 5 grams. That's already 22 grams of (mostly) added sugar and it's just past 9am! I also had a kale/pineapple/blueberry smoothie this morning, but the sugar in that is all natural. I can't worry about that.
On January 5, my friend Jen and I are going to start the Whole30 program. This means that for 30 days we wonít be eating: added sugar, grains, dairy, soy, legumes or alcohol. While I think that avoiding grains will be challenging, I'm most worried about the sugar and the dairy. I'm probably freaking myself out by thinking too much about it.
Have you cut down on your sugar intake? Have you done the Whole30? Iíd love to hear your experiences or recommendations!
Sunday, November 30, 2014
I love counting fitness minutes. This month I had 855 minutes, and that is with a 5-day trip to London for a wedding and a 4-day trip to New Orleans for a conference. I actually walked TONS while on my trips but I don't count walking around, only class or cardio time.
I feel very accomplished and know that exercise is a part of my life now. I don't need to convince myself that exercising is the right thing to do... It's just what I do.
Monday, November 24, 2014
Since I was in London two weeks ago, I've been making a conscious effort to eat a little less than usual. In London, I ate less because food is so expensive there and no one served large portions! LOL I also realized that I was juuuust fine without feeling full.
I've learned over the last 2.5 years that no amount of exercise will whittle my waste. I've been diligently exercising about 1000 minutes per month and my pants still fit the same (i.e., tight!).
Sometimes I can feel anxious when I don't eat to fullness. I know where my next meal will come from, but I like the feeling of being satisfied. I just ate my lunch -- I made a salad with tomatoes, artichoke hearts, cucumbers and garbanzo beans, with olive oil and cider vinegar as dressing. I had protein and fat, but I don't feel full. There's a part of me that wants more so I -know- I'm satiated. But if I get past this feeling, I will be OK til I have an after-work snack.
Have you ever consciously decided to eat less, and how did you deal with the mental side of it? Because I know I'm not actually still hungry...
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