Monday, February 20, 2012
In case you were wondering...
My new trainer is pretty awesome! She gave me lots of praise and no insults. In fact, there was a part that I could tell I wasn't doing it quite right. When she gave me feedback and I was able to do it better, she smiled. Which, in turn, made me feel good about me.
My last trainer was in favor of 20 reps. When I lift, I tend to stick to 3 set of 12. My new trainer had me do sets of 12.
I even have achievable homework assignment.
I really like the feedback she gave me about my posture. My back has been hurting lastly and not sure why. Kinda suspected posture issues but it's not like I can walk next to a mirror and figure it out myself.
I have a good feeling about this.. sometimes you just know that this is just way better.
..so now you know about my new trainer.
Saturday, February 18, 2012
Motivation is key. Without it our workouts don't get done. With it, we reach our goals with grace. So how do we get motivated and stay motivated. Everyone is a little different.
Take me for example. In the beginning, my motivation to work is see that number on the scale go down. Now, I don't care so much about that but rather how I feel after I consistently work out. I feel less stressed and have less depression episodes.
Putting that aside, the gym motivates me which is crazy because I need motivation to get to the gym. Right?
Well, I work at a local Y. Members really motivate and inspire me. They come in everyday after work before going home to their families. They give it their all after a hard day of work. Sometimes it is close to 2 hours.
Wait, did I say inspire? What exactly does inspire mean anyhow? People constantly tell me this. Or people say, "If you can do it, maybe I can, too."
But, what does the word inspire actually mean?
According to dictionary.com:
1. to fill with an animating, quickening, or exalting influence: His courage inspired his followers.
2. to produce or arouse (a feeling, thought, etc.): to inspire confidence in others.
3. to fill or affect with a specified feeling, thought, etc.: to inspire a person with distrust.
4. to influence or impel: Competition inspired her to greater efforts.
5. to animate, as an influence, feeling, thought, or the like, does: They were inspired by a belief in a better future.
So, basically I motivate others to work out and change their healthy lifestyle? Awesome!
Even friends that do not need to change their lifestyle, apparently I inspire them as well. I wonder to do what... to reach for the stars?
What does inspire or motivate mean to you?
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
I know some people do not believe in God. But, I believe in God. Sometimes He helps us in life but we don't give thanks to him. But, why not?
Anyhow, onto my simple story.
In the last week, I have been struggling with overtraining symptoms. I really want to train for my first full marathon but I was running into obstacles. Literally. When I finally had it all figured out, it gets changed.
That happened today.
I am supposed to co-lead step aerobics. Today, I got pulled out of my step aerobics lab to help assess the freshmen's fitness levels. Granted, not my passion.
But, it solves the issue of training. I can do take some time to rest and than train hard core for my half and full marathons.
In addition to this, I want to say: Happy Valentine's Day.
Before you groan, yes, YOU! I want you to take this special day and do something nice for YOU. How often do you do that? This may mean taking 10 minutes. Or getting a massage. Or getting yourself your flowers.
In fact, that is what I did. I don't need a guy to buy ME flowers. I am special and know it. I will celebrate it with myself. A guy does not deem my value. I do.
Because V-day sometimes brings us down, I decided to buy roses for a couple friends. If no other Valentine's Day tomorrow they will know they ARE special! Today I gave them the flowers and were able to make their day happy. It was a gift for me in itself.
So, in summary, I am back to training and do something nice for YOU! You are special!
Sunday, February 12, 2012
I really do have some of the best Y members at my work. Let me tell you about one of them.
He is mid-50s and has a girl friend in Ohio. In fact, he is all sad that they haven't been able to Skype. Honestly, it's kinda cute. Especially since he's like 'I don't care.' Yeah, right. That is why you are grumpy about it, lol. Anyhow, nearly every time he comes in we talk about his girlfriend, and running. In fact, last spring when I was training for my first half marathon he gave me advice nearly every week. It was nice to talk out my anxieties.
Well, I have a half marathon coming up. It is on March 17th, St. Patrick's Day. That is about a month. I am nervous. Last week, my longest run was 6 miles. And, than I had to take a week due to overtraining. So, I have enough time to train for it.
Anyhow, I didn't notice I was nervous and anxious about it until this member asked about it. He calmed me with reminding me that I could always walk. Yes, yes, I could.
I am trying to remember my last half marathon. I walked more than I wanted to and my time was 3:05. I can do this. Also, during my training last time, I had to have a break about this time so maybe my body needs a mid-point break.
Also, I am back up to 161.8 from 160.4 yesterday. This morning I told my scale "You lie." I literally said it out loud and put away. Considering about putting it away for my training. That means no scale until June 16th. Not sure if I can do that!
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Finally! These legs are feeling better. Yesterday, I stood for my 6-hour shift without my knees or calves hurting. My quads are a bit tinge sore this morning. With some extra sleep this weekend and resting from exercise, I should be able to go back to training with two days of required rest during the week.
With the recent weight gain, I decided one of my goals this month would be to get under 160 again. Today I weighed in at 160.4. Yes, I know it isn't under 160 but it's close. From talking to my friend, I realized my maintenance range is 150-160. That is what I want to consistently weigh. When I am over 160, for me, that is when I need to get down to business again.
Like I said earlier, I worked yesterday. During my shift, one of the personal trainers was cold to me. He usually is real chatty. Part of me knew this would happen but it stings that I am right. Basically, my ex-trainer/friend told me that he talked to me to other personal trainers. Apparently, besides the breach of confidentiality he didn't think how this would effect me. I work at the same place as these trainers. It really hurts to receive this level of disrespect for me as a friend and client. Putting my emotions aside, as part of my job members ask me if I would recommend him. How can I recommend him after this?
Because of this, I learned that training is more than just knowing exercises or even results. It's keep confidentiality. It's being a listener. It's someone they can trust. I'm learning I could be a great personal trainer.
Today, I am focusing on legs feeling better, getting my weight back on track, working on internships, and going to work this afternoon. They always cheer me up! In fact, a couple members I have on Facebook asked me when I will be at the Y next. I'm missed! Aww!
P.S. I wish I was better at titles.
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