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even the trainer is noticing!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

On January 8th, I had an "intro" session with a trainer at my gym.

I cried. A lot.

I had joined a new gym because, upon evaluating my finances, I realized I wasn't getting anywhere near my money's worth out of the very pricey gym where I'd had a membership. I considered forgoing a membership altogether and ultimately decided to simply switch to a cheaper facility. With one caveat: I had to start using it.

So there I was, sitting at the trainer's desk. Depressed. No food routine. No exercise routine. No goals. All the knowledge I needed to make myself successful but no motivation. No expectation that I could stick with it. No self esteem to make me believe I was worth the effort.

I told her this. Told her I knew what I would need to do to lose weight: exercise almost every day, record, weigh and measure my foods. I said "I am not willing to commit to that right now. I am not willing to commit to strength training yet. I can commit to cardio 3-4 days per week for at least 40 minutes. That's it."

She was compassionate, but encouraged me to push myself further.

I ignored her. I went to the gym and did cardio 3-4 times per week. Then, I started coming more often. I started a beginner running program. I started strength training. Finally, last of all, I reactivated my spark and started weighing, measuring, and recording what I was eating.

I started calling myself an athlete. I set goals for my running. I began pushing myself on my strength training.

Who knows? Pretty soon I may just up and admit that I do care about weight loss and set some scale related goals.

And today? That same trainer stopped me as I was starting my strength training to comment on my weight loss and how good I look.

12 weeks they say. 12 weeks for other people to notice. I think this week, I have arrived.
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GURNXTDOOR04 4/20/2012 10:00AM

    Awesome!!!! emoticon emoticon

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TORIAMAE 4/19/2012 5:27PM

    Thanks so much for your nice comments! I definitely am feeling proud of myself and definitely am not slowing down or giving up. Not one bit!

As I reflect on this what stands our for me is that I did have to do it at my own pace. If I'd tried to do everything at once, I don't know that I would have been successful. But I added one thing at a time and it felt very manageable. By the time I started tracking my food, it really wasn't that big of a deal, even though it seemed insurmountable back in January.

Things have changed very quickly and I couldn't be happier!

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CHERRYTOMATO 4/19/2012 1:40PM

    Nice work!!! It is amazing how mood and life outlook adjust so quickly... the scale and inches take a bit longer... but both are so wonderful to see!

Such a pat on the back when others notice the hard work!

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DRAGONCHILDE 4/19/2012 12:17PM

    Well done. :) That's a good, good feeling. I had the guy that signed me up for my gym membership notice not long ago... and it's like, dude, that's AWESOME. No one knows better than the person who does your initial evaluation just how far you've come! emoticon

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BLUE42DOWN 4/19/2012 12:02PM

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You may have ended up pretty close to where the trainer told you that you'd need to be, but you did it at the pace that worked for you - and that's big. Fabulous job!

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THINKSHRINK 4/19/2012 11:25AM

    Congratulations! It sounds like you've reached a milestone - keep going through the motions and you'll see even more success!

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SWIMMING_CAT 4/19/2012 8:57AM

    You must be so proud! You HAVE to be proud!

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NYMORNINGGLORY 4/19/2012 8:52AM

    Way to go! Great that the push came from inside of you - you're hungry for it and your results and commitment show! Yay!

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SQUEAKYTRISH 4/19/2012 4:32AM

    Oh this is such an inspiring blog!!! you are like a phoenix rising from the flames! well done!

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JENNNY135 4/19/2012 12:00AM

    I'm so happy for you.

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TREE_HUGGER_87 4/18/2012 11:29PM

    Congrats! That is awesome :D

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MANILUS 4/18/2012 11:29PM

    Keep up the great work!

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ADVENTURESEEKER 4/18/2012 10:55PM

    KaBOOM right there! Fabulous feeling I'm sure emoticon emoticon

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WUBBY82 4/18/2012 10:53PM

    I got chills reading this, girl!! I'm so proud of you!!

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