Tuesday, September 08, 2009
A year ago, I had cut out an ad for a local fitness establishment that offered personal training along with fitness assessment that included body fat measurement, resting metabolic rate, & VO2 testing. The ad was on my fridge until this past June when I realized I was heading towards being in the worst shape I had ever been in. I took the ad to work, called Brett, and asked him to tell me about his gym and the Bod Pod, etc. I set up an appointment to visit the gym that afternoon. Two days later, I was in the Bod Pod. A few hours later, I was on the treadmill, hooked up to a computer & breathing thru some contraption. Afterwards, we reviewed the numbers. It was not pretty.
I started the summer in June at 34.2% body fat. I could not bear the thought of being only 16 away from 50%. For the record, my weight was 170.9 lbs, (58.3lbs fat, blech)
My training program consisted of working out with a personal trainer3 times a week. I also did Pilates at home 2 times a week. I am a compulsive eater so I knew I needed to get the eating under control in order to succeed so a couple weeks later, I began to track my meals in SparkPeople.
My trainers were awesome and provided endless encouragement as I struggled thru my workouts. They pushed me to do one more set, one more rep. There were times I sweated so much I swear I was sweating out of my eyeballs. SparkPeople provided me with nutrition information which enabled me to educate myself to make better food choices.
I ended August at 22.5% body fat. My weight had also dropped to 156.5 (32.2 lbs fat).
What a summer.