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.
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.
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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