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Personal Training, not what I thought

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

I work at the Y. They hired a new person in fitness. She passed her certification for personal training. And, because I have been such an avid fitness freak, the director of fitness asked me to allow her to train me for 3 half hour sessions, for practice.

I was excited. I was nervous. I had a routine going and wasn't sure how personal training would fit in, nor how to track it on Spark.

I viewed the people who hired personal trainers as "hard core" fitness freaks! People who had a marathon to train for, or a body building contest to compete in. I didn't think it was for an average overweight 40ish person.

I was wrong!

For one, it's fun. We set up a plan together. The trainer asked me questions about what I want to achieve and what types of exercise I could/would be willing to try. And she asked if I and any limitations or concerns.

For two, it's a serious workout. Ok, I knew, or at least figured it would be a serious workout. But, it showed me how doing what I had been doing (my routine) needed some shaking up! I found muscles I didn't know I had.

For three, its a great to combine strength and cardio. I found it to satisfy both aspects of exercise and was excited to realize I could get great results in less time.

I have finished 2 out of my three sessions. I really want to keep going and am seriously considering paying her to keep meeting with me at least once a week. I highly recommend doing it to everyone, at least for a short time. It really can re-motivate and re-set your metabolism.

Change really is good.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

LISAKAY881 4/9/2014 12:00PM

    I want to get a personal trainer so bad.... But unfortunately it costs money that I dont have right this second.

Im glad you love it! Keep up the good work! : )

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EMMACORY 4/9/2014 11:36AM

    Glad you had this opportunity! Thanks for sharing you experience. Keep up the good work. Blessings! emoticon

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I was shocked I tell ya. Shocked.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

I got up early on a Saturday after 3 months of being accountable.

After 3 months of trying to eat better, drink tons of water, and workout nearly every day of the week.

I was prepared to hear the results, I felt they would not be good enough to win.

I had resolved myself to be content with the knowledge that I had lost some weight, some inches, and had improved my BMI a little.

I knew I felt stronger and had more energy. And that was good enough for me.

So I got on the scale. 14.8 pounds lost (over 3 months). I was disappointed that I couldn't have pulled out that .2 and had an even -15lbs. I was disappointed that I hadn't pushed myself hard enough to lose 2 pounds per week.

She did my measurements. Woa! (2.25 inches off my upper arms!!! 4.25 off my waist! etc. All total, 7.25) Plus another inch off my neck (I tracked that, it wasn't part of the contest).

Biggest Loser. Prizes for most pounds lost, highest percentage lost, and most inches lost.

I went to work. Waited for the facebook posting.

OMG! I won for most pounds lost and was .1% away from the top percentage lost! I kicked some group hiney! Shocked I was indeed!

I signed up for the next session. I love the accountability. I love competition. But most of all I love feeling stronger and having more energy.

I did not have perfect weeks. Sometimes I gained. One week I only exercised for 2 days because I felt so bad. But I never quit. And I learned some new exercises, recipes, and made some new friends.

June 21 is the next goal date. I'm looking forward to it.

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MICHELELYNN777 3/31/2014 9:25AM

    emoticon What a great accomplishment! Your motivation is contagious! Keep going strong!
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ALIHIKES 3/30/2014 1:11PM

    WOO HOO! Congratulations on your achivements!

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EVIE4NOW 3/30/2014 9:25AM

  Awesome! The best sentence is "But I never quit". You CAN do it!

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How do you keep from over-eating?

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

I do not want to beat myself up. But I do want to have a stern talk with myself.

I'm moving my body more. I am challenging myself with every workout. I am sweating!

The exercise component is coming along quite well. I even , dare I admit, look forward to working out.


Now that is a different story.

I'm beginning to think that I am one of those people who need to have every little morsel portioned out for them every single day.

That sounds like big time work! And it sounds like I won't be able to give into cravings.


What, exactly, is wrong with that???

Ummm, I like flexibility and choice from moment to moment.

Self, you can not handle flexibility and choice right now. Remember that frisco melt, fries and cherry coke you ate yesterday???

Or, how about all the other days you went over on your intake???

At first I was eating too little. Now it's too much.

Must. Find. A. Workable. Solution.

When do I do better???

1. When I have one or two crockpot meals cooked and portioned out in the fridge.

2. When I plan ahead when I am eating out and exactly what I am going to eat.

3. When I remind myself why I am doing all this thinking about food in the first place.

4. When I have tons of prepped veggies, ready to grab, at the front of the fridge.

Ok. This sounds like a plan. Get food for crockpot. Make that meal. Portion it out. Also get veggies and portion out.

Self, you will feel better. You will move better. You will look better.

DO NOT TRY! JUST DO!!!!!!!!!

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MICHELELYNN777 3/19/2014 1:22PM

    Great self-talk! I have had this same conversation with myself, too. I always do so much better when my meals are made ahead and I can grab something quickly when the hunger sets in. You have a good plan and you can do it!

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RAINBOWFALLS 3/19/2014 8:17AM

    That sounds like a great plan!

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shin splints and complaining

Thursday, March 13, 2014

I have shin splints.

I am NOT complaining.

I got advice and I am walking this week instead of running.

I will get back to running.

I'm a huge complainer! I got into this very bad habit at work. everyone complains at my work...

But I decided to give it up for lent.

But the devil is strong and all I found myself doing more was complaining.

I sent out a prayer request to my most spectacular praying friends.

And guess what?

Today was great! I had many obstacles, but I did not complain. Instead, I found ways to make an obstacle an opening to something new.

I ended up eating lunch with an old friend; Subbing at a school site that I had never been to and earning some extra cash; getting praised for an excellent idea I came up with at my job (after having a very awful day on Monday--this is a huge victory); And I found myself thinking more positive thoughts.

This day was not perfect. I got into fights with my daughter and boyfriend. But I found places of forgiveness and new insights to each relationship.

Yes! Today was good.

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ALIHIKES 3/14/2014 12:00PM

    Best wishes in recovering from shin splints. And I love your idea of giving up complaining for Lent

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STEVEN_D 3/13/2014 8:49PM

    Ouch, shin splints, I've heard those hurt! Hope you recover soon!!

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Overkill, what is the right balance

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

I am that "all or nothing" personality.

I know it. I acknowledge it. I try to fight it.

But it is hard to find the right balance between doing nothing or doing everything.

Nothing ever feels like it is enough.

I am sore today. I did my forth run/walk interval yesterday. (and my strength training) Today needs to be a cross train day. But I am unsure what to do. I do not want to overkill my workouts. But I don't want to under kill either.

I want so badly to lose my belly fat. And I know it comes off last. Last. Last. Grr. That's a long journey.

I know I need to be physically active everyday. (I do take a rest day once a week, but that doesn't mean I lay around eating bon bons).

I've just not found the right balance yet.

But then I think about the Biggest Loser contest form the tv. Those people workout hard! And it seems they do so ALL THE TIME.

What does this mean for me? Am I pushing too much or not enough?

Is 30 min of elliptical good? Is also taking yoga too much? Would just taking yoga be good enough?


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COLLEGEGURL47 2/26/2014 9:19AM

    Hi! Thankks for your comment on my blog. Firstly, I am similar to you in the 'all or nothing' attitude.

Second, remember that the Biggest loser is just good TV. They show you what they want you to see. Yes, it is 'reality' but you dont know how many times the contestants quit, or left the gym, or didnt push themselves.

You are doing great! Yes you have to find the perfect balance and that is a hard and never ending process. So if you are feeling sore, then give yourself a rest. Or do a shorter worker one day a week.

I did not know about the belly fat! I am waiting for my stomach to disappear and it is not happening. Sigh. Keep pushing.

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ALIHIKES 2/25/2014 2:16PM

    For most of us small consistent changes are MUCH more doable than going all out. Biggest loser is an inspiring show, but remember -- the participants are separated from normal life (family and work), they are supported by coaches and dietitians and constantly monitored, -- which most of us can't do or sustain (at home, while working, while being with family)

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JAROL7 2/25/2014 8:26AM

    DECIDING is 90% of the process. Then come up with a good plan and follow it. My plan is 1200-1500 calories a day, 300 per meal, 100 per snack. It works for me. Good luck on your plan.

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