Friday, October 12, 2012
As of today, I have finally become serious about becoming healthier. I joined a gym about a 2 weeks ago and have gone 4 times since I joined. One night, for some reason, I was unable to sleep. I felt anxious. I had so many things running through my mind (work, my sister's pregnancy, a job that I applied for, and just random things). I suddenly got the urge to go swimming. I'm a Pisces and so I love water. Mind you, I haven't swam laps in years. So, in the morning at 6am, I drove to Walmart and bought a swim cap and goggles. (Crazy right?!) I then drove to a gym when I knew they had a pool and purchased a day pass. I swam for a good hour, taking breaks here and there. I wanted to join the gym then but it was so early in the morning that the recruitment team wasn't there yet and didn't want to wait around so I left after my swim. Probably about 5 days later, I made an appointment with the gym to join. I was then scheduled for orientation a week later. Well, today was my orientation and it was great. I learned a lot! Now in high school, I was very active. Basketball, track, and tennis were my sports. My junior year in high school, I stopped everything. Since then, I gained 50lbs! When I woke up that morning, I didn't have weight loss in my mind. I just had the urge to swim...I felt like my body needed it. Now, fast-forward to today...during the orientation, I learned that weight lifting is crucial in reaching weight loss goals. I always thought that cardio was the most important. Anyway, when I walked in, I had in my mind that the orientation consisted of a walk through of the gym and some equipment. I was DEAD WRONG. The trainer assessed probably everything about me. He asked what my fitness goals were and I said, "just to swim." He said, "what else?" I said, "I don't know." He then told me that people who join a gym and don't have a plan or fitness goals usually cancel their membership in a matter of months. He then went through some health risks associated with weight gain. Ex: Diabetes, Cancer, Stroke, & Heart Disease. My family has a history with all of these and that's when it hit me, I NEED TO GET MY BUTT INTO SHAPE! From that moment on, my attitude about my fitness changed. I ended up hiring a trainer to meet with once a week at my gym. My first appt. is next Tuesday. I can't wait but I'm also a little nervous! I just have to keep my motivation and say to myself, "LET'S DO THIS!" Also during my orientation, the trainer had me do 10 minutes of cardio on a stair stepper and then about 15 minutes of weights. Boy am I sore tonight! BUT it does feel good to have this sore feeling back after not having it for years. My main goals for this week are: 1. Work out at least 30 minutes 4 times a week. (Today will be Day 1). 2. Buy protein powder as recommended by the trainer today. 3. Drink at least 8 oz. of water a day. 4. Write a blog everyday about my new journey. Well, that's it for now. Time to hit the sack. Stay posted for Day 2. Wish me luck everyone! Let's do this!