Friday, April 23, 2010
Dee and I had our first program workout yesterday. I'm no stranger to the gym. I've been lifting weights off and on (more off than on) for the last 25 years. So why am I overweight? As I told the program person one reason is, "I'm not consistent." I was prompted to tell her that when she saw that I had my weightlifting gloves with me. I told her that lifting is not my favorite thing. I'll do it, and I can bulk up fairly easily, but I'd rather walk on the treadmill or do the elliptical trainer. I even like a more muscular look for myself. I envy Michelle Obama's arms! We spent time on both cardio machines and weights yesterday. The trainer suggested that I might try circuit training, which I've never done, but have wanted to. So, maybe we'll go down that path.
I noticed the woman on the elliptical next to me. She is not overweight, but wants to decrease her blood pressure and get off her meds. For a relatively thin person, she was gassed. She said she never works out aerobically. You see, you never can tell. Fitness and health are more than being "thin." You can be skinny as a rail and unhealthy. I believe you can be larger and still be "healthy." So, the woman next to me-I just gave her a little encouragement. "One more minute," I said, "We can do it!"
Dee told me this morning that she hasn't been in a gym in 5 years-since she injured her foot and had to do rehab. She told me yesterday that she's sorry she's such a bad partner, but I told her that she'll be doing great on the machines in no time!
So, I know my way around the gym. My mother is a dietician, so I was raised to eat healthy. I know what needs to be done. The big gaping hole is DOING IT! Thus, the program. I could do this myself, but can't. Hopefully being in a group setting will bring me more success.