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Am I doing this wrong?

Thursday, November 17, 2011

**This will probably be long and rambly...I apologize in advance!**

Tuesday night I had a free physical health assessment test with my new gym (Golds). I knew it was going to be figuring out my BMI/Body Fat Percentage, where I am health wise and so on, but the whole thing kind of threw me for a loop...

I get there and of course this trainger is BUFF. Muscles on muscles and physically fit. He gets some information about me and asks my weight. I tell him it is 292 and he gives me the once over... I ignore it. I then have to hold my hands onto this machine that gets my heart rate and body fat percentage (45.9... eech!) He immediately starts talking about how that number is too high and how we have to get it down and focusing on that number more than anything else. I understand that its high, I understand that its not his (he had to tell me his was 21), but I'm working on it!! He asks if I've been eating healthy and working out and I told him I do the elliptical every day for about 45-65 minutes and eat around 1400 calories. I tell him that I have lost 40 pounds since August and all he says is "You're doing it wrong."


Don't congratulate me or nod your head in approval or anything... scold me and tell me I'm doing it wrong! He finally started to explain that because I haven't started weight lifting yet, I am not incorporating everything I need to to lose weight the right way. I know I need to start weight lifting, I just wanted to get my weight lower so that when I did start to weight lift, I felt ok doing it next to the big guys in the back, hanging on the machines all the time.

The whole time he's telling me this he's looking around blankly, not focusing on me or what's going on, just spewing information. He then says that he wants to see where I'm at physically. He puts me on a bike for 4 minutes and tells me to keep it above 65. No problem, piece of cake. Next was squats holding a weight out straight in front of me. This one was harder, something I know I'm going to work on (after this week, my legs are KILLING ME right now from those 30 squats!) We did a few more exercises and we go back to his desk and puts some information into the computer. He doesn't tell me how I did, what I need to work on, where I'm at or anything. He presses a button and viola... Prices for physical training appear. For two times a week for a year it says $312. For one time a week for a year it says $254... I think these prices are fine, I'm about ready to sign up when he springs it on me... These are per month....

I'm sorry? Excuse me? $312 a MONTH?! That's $39 a session... that's $3,744 a YEAR! Are you insane? You must be, because with that amount of money I could go on vacation, TWICE, or put a downpayment on a car or any number of things. I understand its to get me healthy, but I'm already paying for a gym membership and using it much to my advantage so no thanks!!!

I guess I didn't expect it to be a sales pitch... I expected it to be a "here's where you are, here's where you want to be" type thing.

So overall, other than the not weight lifting... Am I doing it wrong? I can't afford a physical trainer for that amount. I'd be able to spend maybe $90 a month, but any more than that is just insane to me... I have bills to pay just like anybody else.

If I don't weight lift is my body fat percentage going to decrease a lot slower than it would if I was? I'm going to start on Monday, but I had to get that guy outta my head... "you're doing it wrong" Grr!

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MJROBB 11/20/2011 1:33PM

    Man, some people are real jerks. I agree with others (somewhat hypocritically, but I'll explain in a sec) that strength training is a great thing to do. A year-ish ago I was ST 3x a week, usually for 45-60 minutes, and I noticed HUGE differences. Not only was my body changing faster than it was before, but I also just felt better in general. I haven't done any since then because I was laid up for 8 months with a broken arm (broke it once, 6 months later broke it again, then had surgery at the end of August.) Now I have a plate in my arm and it's supposedly stable, but I don't have doctor clearance yet to pick weights back up. Actually currently scheduling an appointment to get that checked out, but that's neither here nor there... Anyways, once I do have doctor clearance to hit the weights again, I'm going to join the community center in my town. There's lots of different exercise opportunities, from a full weight room, to cardio machines (good, because running outside is getting COLD!), to lots of classes.

I've looked it up at my gym, and I can buy personal training sessions individually, without a weekly/monthly/yearly fee. They're not cheap: $40 for a session, but I figure I can get a couple in the beginning to get some ideas of what I should be doing to strengthen my arm (it has about 0 muscle left. Being in a sling for 8 months will do that to it...) and get the rest of me strong as well. Then I can add in sessions when I need them, once a month? Maybe? I'm not sure yet. Does Gold's have an option like that? Can you buy individual sessions WITH A DIFFERENT TRAINER? That might be a good idea. Good luck!

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WILLPARKINSON 11/19/2011 6:45PM

    Strength training is very helpful. That guy was NOT. I don't like it when you get people who are more physically fit than you who think it's OK to look down at you when you're trying (and succeeding very well).

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MYLADY4 11/19/2011 2:59PM

    Wow, what an A hole. I can agree with the part that you should incorporate strength training but no way would I pay that much for it. There are so much information out there that you can use to create your own program. A set of dumb bells and your own body weight is all you need to get started.

I have a personal trainer that I see once a week but I pay about a third of the price. I pay for a group rate but most of the time I am by myself. He challenges me in a way that I could not or would not challenge myself. My time at the gym will be ending come the first of the year but he has taught me new ways of training that I am starting to use at home.

Good luck

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VALKYRIA- 11/18/2011 2:26PM

    You are working very hard and that is commendable -- but I have to say, you DO need to strength train.

you DONT , however, need that guy, or his personal training. What a dick.

Sparkpeople has a ton of strength training exercises you can do with your own body weight (check out the fitness tracker!). Just try it twice a week... it will keep you from losing muscle when losing fat (and, although you may not lose as much weight per month, you will lose FAT and not MUSCLE, so your metabolism won't slow down and your weight loss will not plateau at a certain point, and your body will not go into starvation mode trying to recover lost lbs). Seriously, if you do not strength train, you will slow down your metabolism for months and it will eventually start hindering your progress.

Use the weight machines at the gym. Pay them for ONE training session, if you must, just to feel comfortable.. and ask them to show you the leg press, leg curl, chest press, lat pulldown, bicep and tricep machines, and ab crunch machine. That's all you need... a full body workout twice each week for 30 min.

I Know you might not feel comfortable using the machines around muscley people, but that really is something you just need to get over.... I am 385 lbs and I use them, and no one ever gives me dirty looks or anything--the fear is all in your head... it will go away after a week or two of doing it. I promise. Also, strength training helps you re-sculpt your body into the shape you want, instead of just a smaller version of your current shape.

YOU CAN DO IT!!!! You don't need some insensitive trainer prick and his expensive trainings sessions to gain muscle and lose fat. Do it yourself... it will be much more gratifying that way.

Check out spark's article on strength training:>mmunity/ask_the_experts.asp?q=54

Why women should strength train:

The muscle building quiz:

And create your own routine here using no weights but your own body:

Good luck! You can do it!

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PANDASUE2 11/18/2011 1:30PM

    Thanks for the messages, guys! I appreciate the feedback. I wish finding a new gym would be that easy. Around my house (within a 5 mile radius) there were seven or eight gyms. Within the past two months, 4 of those gyms have closed and one is in the process of closing. Gold's opened up and took over the WHOLE town. The other two that are going to be left open are an Anytime Fitness and another local gym. The local gym is small, crowded and dirty... not worth the $50 a month they wanted. The Anytime is $40 a month and not too busy but the machines are cheap and feel like plastic... walmart type machines. So Gold's it is... I don't think it'll be so bad once it's finally open (right now they just have a preview center with a very limited number of machines. I've been going to one of the other gyms that they bought out until they open the new gym). I'll just have to steer clear of Mr. Macho.

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DOGSTARDADDY 11/18/2011 12:41PM

    What a bunch of crap. This dude was just trying to sell you something. I hate people like that. I would absolutely never go back, and find a different place to work out. Easier said than done, I know.. but still.
I think what you've done so far is amazing.

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-PRETTYINPINK- 11/18/2011 10:54AM

    This "trainer" was a complete idiot. The personal trainers at Gold's get a fat commission check for selling training packages. Seems like to me that you were nothing but a dollar sign to him. Which pretty sure he doesn't sell very much personal training. I would not want to be around someone like that. I have had a personal trainer at one time at a 24 hour fitness. She was a very sweet lady. She had written everything down for me, my goals, to help me with food, etc. And we would meet every so often. I think its all a matter of finding somebody good to work with.

I think you have been doing great. You are losing weight and keeping it off. But ST will definitely help you build more muscle and probably help you lose more weight. Muscle burns more calories than fat. I am currently not using a gym, so my ST is done at home. One thing that has helped me is resistance bands exercises, I also bought a cheap 10 pound kettle bell from Target. Those really work your muscles. And then also a 5 pound weight ball that I purchased at Walmart. All are considered some type of resistance exercise and will help you build muscle. :) Keep up the hard work. You are doing great :)

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MCLIZZY 11/17/2011 10:58PM

    I'm going to concur with everyone else-- you are NOT doing it wrong, obviously, since you've lost 40 pounds, and the trainer was an asshole. I too have had to put up with the meathead personal training schpeel at a gym I was a member at in the past and it's totally annoying and useless. I would complain to management and tell them that if you weren't already getting the consultation for free, you would have demanded your money back and that their customer service skills need some serious work. You might consider switching gyms too. Gold's was started as a gym for bodybuilders. I don't know if that's still their main clientele, but you may want to look at something like the Y or a Planet Fitness that takes a more well rounded approach to fitness.

I have been told by the doctor that I'm seeing for my weight loss issues that weight training is imperative to losing weight and keeping it off. It helps boost your metabolism and can especially help blast through plateaus. I understand your reluctance completely to exercise next to the big buff guys that hang out at Gold's. Personally, I stopped caring a while ago about those people because I figure that I need to be there more than they do, but not everyone has those views! Spark has some great videos that you can do that incorporate resistance training without the use of any equipment you could try at home for a while if you wanted.

In any case, I totally feel your pain and it sort of makes me want to march into the gym and give 'em what for on your behalf! Good luck, girl!

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CARLYOLEO41 11/17/2011 9:18PM

    Ugh, I feel like that trainer was giving you a sales pitch and not even listening to you. He didn't even comment on the 40 lbs lost?

I've had people tell me that ST is necessary for those of us with over 100 lbs to lose and I've had people tell me that we just need to focus on cardio. I mean, I've had trained fitness professionals tell me both of these exact opposite things. I feel just as confused as you. However, I have recently started High Intensity Interval Training and Circuit training and I feel like it's paying off a lot. I do 30 secs - 1 min of cardio, and then immediately grab my weights for ST. I rotate it like that. Idk if that's right, but I'm sweating my butt off and sore afterwards so it can't be hurting, right? Maybe their point is that ST is necessary, but we still need a lot of cardio. idk... lol

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AIRPEACH 11/17/2011 9:18PM

    You are most definitely NOT doing it wrong. He was a complete and utter posterior, and I'm fairly certain I ran into someone just like that about 7 or 8 years ago at another gym. I think there's a factory somewhere that must churn them out, ready with that blank look.
You sound like you are doing a great job, going at your own pace. Keep going.

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KT-NICHOLS-13 11/17/2011 9:13PM

    RUDE! That's what he was.
Although I don't use a trainer nor have I in the past I am familiar with them at my gym. They are on average low key and supportive. This guy is clearly trained on the hard sell, which he isn't very good at.
Plus, why would anyone want to use his services with his negative attitude and lack of attention to one on one time.

Block him from your memory! Cleanse your mind of his attitude!
Doing it wrong?! Excuse me Sir?!

Do your thing girl. Start researching different methods of strength training and find a path that works for you. Please keep in mind that all strength training isn't the same - pilates and yoga are great examples.

Comment edited on: 11/17/2011 9:14:48 PM

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MAPLECANDY3 11/17/2011 8:06PM

    Ive never heard of golds but we have goodlife here and my gosh, the way they sell themselves they must work on commission! I refuse to sign up there because of it.

You dont need a personal trainor to lose weight AT ALL!! It helps, for sure, but I guess that depends on what kind of person you are - I tried it once and didnt like it - I told her over and over i wasnt exercising much because my feet hurt so bad I couldnt even walk. She didnt beleive me, and seemed frustrated at my "excuces" (turns out I needed orthotics)

You arent doing it wrong. You are doing it the way that works best for YOU! And obviously from your great weightloss you are doing it RIGHT.

As for strength training, its so great! It builds muscle so that you can be stronger, leaner, and the best part? muscles burn more calories all day long!! You get to eat more! lol Oh and I find weights so much more achievable. Anyone can do it, regardless of fitness level, and I love that.

If youve never done machines then have someone on staff show you how to use the machines correctly. (which is free at all gyms Ive heard of) Start out with a few machines until you are comfortable with them and do lots of research about weight lifting so you can have the confidence and assurance that you are doing whats right for YOU.

ps if you ever do get a pt, dont go to that idiot!! LOL

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FLYINGB16 11/17/2011 6:37PM

    Trainer dude was an idiot. I understand that you wanted to lose weight before going to a gym and subjecting yourself to the scrutiny of others. I waited four months before I joined. I hired a trainer (EXTREMELY QUALIFIED) and met with him every other month. He measured me, gave me a new workout and talked about my goals. $35.00 x 4 meetings was all I needed. I know how to work out now. I also cancelled my gym membership this month. I have bands, dumbells, a stability ball and DVD's. :-)

For us sparkers with a lot of weight to lose ST is even more importiant. The muscle will help to fill out lose skin and torch calories. You will also look a lot better. I promise you won't regret it.



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SUCCESSN2014 11/17/2011 4:57PM

    I've had a personal trainer for 2 years. When I moved to FL a few months ago I canceled my gym membership (closest one was half an hour one way). I made sure all of my sessions were used up with my trainer before I left TX.

I won't bore you with all the details of me having a trainer for 2 years other then to tell you I loved it. However, I've also learned in these 2 months of being in my new home in a new state I don't need a gym membership or a trainer to lose weight. I've been doing this on my own for almost a month now and I've lost 6 pounds. It takes a lot of planning, dedication, and motivation.

That trainer was totally rude (IMO) and as soon as he printed off a list of prices I would of handed it right back to him and said 'No thanks" and walked out. Yes, having a personal trainer has it perks. My trainer had a background in occupational therapy which was very important for me because I was in a car accident that almost killed me 2 years ago. My body isn't the way it used to be and knew he oculd only push me so far because my body just couldn't handle certain exercises.

The way I put it to 24 Hour Fitness was "I would like to have a trainer but I'm not going to be teamed up with someone who looks down at me and makes me feel inadequate. I want someone who listens to me, takes my concerens to heart, and helps me lose weight." Trainers can be a great asset to have on a weight loss journey. They help you to stay motivated, show you different ways to exercise, and overall are there to cheer you on.

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SKIRNIR 11/17/2011 4:54PM

    Don't take Gold's Gym too seriously. I stopped by there at one point to and found the place interesting, but oh, my gosh, they gave me the same sales pitch. "Imagine what you will look like in a year if you don't join us!" I so wanted to walk into that place so many pounds later and smack that woman across the face. I have walked by a few times on my much cheaper walks and had interesting thoughts in my head. I think they only hire jerks in that place. The hard sale was so bad that I am not sure they could pay me to work out there. I hated that woman, because she was rude and didn't pay any attention to actually me. She spent more time judging and making a gym something required. Then the fact that at the time they wanted me to sign a 2 year contract or some such, I have to say I wanted to tell them off.

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Week 4: BLC 12 Challenge

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Reflection for the BLC #12, week 4- I'M ALMOST AT MY GOAL!!! I wanted to have a reasonable goal, something that I knew would be attainable after an 8 week challenge. 290, my goal, is only ONE pound away!! I'm hoping to be at 288 next week, blowing my goal out of the water. I wanted to only miss three days of working out in this 8 week period. Today was the 4th day I've missed, but I think I'm ok with that.... I'm on track and doing well.
Can't wait to finish this last four weeks!

Only 11 pounds to lose to meet my goal of 280 by Dec. 31st!

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NICKELDAWN 11/14/2011 8:26PM

    Awesome!!! You're doing such a wonderful job!!!!!

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ITISABOUTME 11/14/2011 8:06PM

    Great job!! emoticon emoticon

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My weight starts with a 2!!!

Sunday, November 06, 2011

HOLY CRAP!!! I honestly don't know the last time my weight started with a 2... Probably over 5 years ago. I don't remember... All I know is that it does now and I will NEVER, EVER see that 3 as a first number ever again!!

I know this is totally doable now and it just takes patience! I remember two months ago and how mad I was that it felt like it was going soooo slow... Now, two months ago seems like yesterday and I can't believe I've taken off 41 pounds overall!!

I had a friend over this weekend that I haven't seen in two months. She walked in the door and her jaw dropped. She couldn't believe that I had changed so much in two months. I see a little bit of a change but obviously she saw A LOT. She could not stop raving about it! That felt SO good! I told her how much I had lost and how much I weighed and she couldn't believe it. I told her that I wanted to lose 20 (or now 16) pounds by New Years and she said she would take me on a spa day if I did. She wants to lose 10 by then, so we both have a goal to work towards and a reward for us if it pays off!

16 more pounds by New Years, TOTALLY DOABLE!!!!! I can't wait to see my grandparents... they're gonna be floored!

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon I am so happy for you!

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DOGSTARDADDY 11/7/2011 5:03PM

    Good for you!!!!!

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LOSIN2GAINLIF3 11/7/2011 12:14AM

    Oh you can totally do 16 by new years! I am so excited for you! I just had a big loss this week too and it totally felt awesome after having so many small losses or no losses. WAY TO GO!

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LAUREN486 11/6/2011 10:35PM

    Congrats!! You're doing SO awesome!! Good riddance to the "3's"!!

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GOODEN66 11/6/2011 10:28PM

    You can do it!!! Good job so far! emoticon

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KATRINAKRAUT 11/6/2011 10:19PM

    Great news and your friend's respnse mirrored your way to go. You deserve the joy you are experiencing. Excellent!

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HARRIET2 11/6/2011 10:18PM

    Congratulations Pandasue. That is quite an accomplishment and no wonder your friend is in awe. Here's to your 16 by New Years. You can do it.

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I hate (bad) change!!

Monday, October 31, 2011

I work from home so I get the mail on my lunch break. Today, I got something completely unexpected.... a letter from my gym stating that they were closing........ WHAAAT!!!!!!! Not in a month from now, not even next week... TODAY. Are you serious?! This has gotta be a joke... NOOOO!!!!! I called there right away and asked the girl if they'd be open the rest of today. She said she doubted it and was just waiting for a phone call from the GM to give the go ahead to close the doors for good. She said she had just found out 30 minutes prior.

Ugh. So now I have to start over at a new gym that is not nearly as close to my house and is gonna be packed cause it's one of the bigger gyms in town. The ONLY good thing is that this new gym has a pool... But I'm sure with my $10 a month membership (that transferred from the old gym to the new gym) I won't get access to the pool :-( We'll find out tonight after work, I guess.

What a downer :-( emoticon

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LOSIN2GAINLIF3 11/4/2011 9:57AM

    That's crazy! So did you get access to the pool? I hope everything works out ok for you

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JANEYINMADTOWN 10/31/2011 8:13PM

    Wow what a drag! May I ask what gym it is?

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DUTCHDAVE 10/31/2011 4:42PM

    busnesses are closing all over the place. I have a friend working at 24 hr Fitness and he tells me membership is way down.

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WOW!! I'm really doing this!!

Monday, October 31, 2011

3.3 pounds until I've lost 40 pounds!! That is insane to me! I NEVER thought I would have even gone this far! I hate to think about how much I have left... but it's not too far away until 50 or even 60 pounds! I'm gonna shoot for 60 pounds by New Years. That's two months and TOTALLY doable. Its gonna take a lot of will power with Thanksgiving and Christmas in there, but not at all unattainable! 290's look out.... you won't be around for long!!

Halloween came and went and I was AWESOME!!! I made little ghost cookies out of nutter butters and white chocolate frosting. That was hard to not eat a bite here and there, but I refrained and am happy I did! I actually didn't even have one piece of candy or anything bad the whole night (at the party we went to). Alcohol was involved of course but I only had two and was done!

I'm finally recovered from all the painting I did on Thursday. It was a big project and I am so happy its over. The office looks amazing and I did it all by myself!! This four day vacation sure did fly by!! Where does the time go?!

Hope everyone had a safe and great Halloween weekend! On to Thanksgiving!!

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EBIELOU 11/1/2011 9:35AM

    Way to go!!

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JANEYINMADTOWN 10/31/2011 8:16PM

    emoticon emoticon You are doing a great job! HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

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JUDYHELP 10/31/2011 12:15PM

  emoticon thats great. Keep up the good job. Im jealous, hope to see myself their one day. Keep it up.

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BAKERMOM48 10/31/2011 12:12PM

    Congrats! You ARE doing it and sounds like you're totally in charge of this. Hats off to you...I'm envious of the 40lbs. gone but see myself there some day. WooHoo! Keep up the good work.

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FITBARB2 10/31/2011 12:12PM

    Wohooo.. Your doing awesome. 10lbs at a time and before you know it you will be posting, Can You Believe it , I am at Goal!!! Love the pic.

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