I started getting serious about my weight loss 13 weeks ago when I first saw my trainer at Workout Club. I signed up for half hour sessions every other week. I'm not saying that I couldn't "afford" to go, but honestly, it was a bit more than I thought I should spend. If you read my blog from this morning "How Did I Get so Big?" You can see the progression through the years how I kept getting bigger and bigger.
Let me go back a little.... Every fall I try a new diet. I've tried them all just about. Last year was no exception, but I finally thought in my head that maybe I should join a gym and workout. I mean really work out and try to get the extra weight off. I joined Planet Fitness and did the free meeting with the club trainer. What that consisted of was watching this 20 something guy sit in each of the machines and watch while he demonstrated them. The first time I sat in each machine, I felt lost as to what to do. Each machine had instructions on the side which I was able to follow. I began slowly. A fellow bus driver belonged to the same gym and she didn't have a car. In order for me to commit to the gym, I offered to drive her to the gym and home afterwards. She had no other way to get home if her regular ride left without her.
A Few weeks after going faithfully, I tore my rotator cuff at work pulling 125 weights in a canvas bag for 30 feet as part of a dexterity test. After that, I couldn't use any of the machines from the excruciating pain in my shoulder. I couldn't even use the lower body machines because it required movement of my shoulder. I continued with the cardio machines. By the spring I had lost a total of 4 pounds. WOW! There were the holidays thrown in there somewhere and I was also hospitalized for two days with pneumonia right before Christmas.
I discovered SparkPeople in February and was thrilled. I had never lost much on Weight Watchers, but really liked what I found on the website. I lost 4 pounds by the end of March. I stayed there until my shoulder surgery at the end of May. After my surgery, I slowly started going back up. July vacation did me in. I waited a few days after returning from Long Lake in Maine before venturing on the scale. I tipped it over 200, again. I was very upset, but started back at the gym doing light cardio machines. In June and July, I was seeing a physical therapist for my shoulder. By the end of July, I was getting better. The therapist told me to meet with the trainer at the gym to work on specific exercises to strengthen my back and shoulder. Early August as I was working out on the ARC machine I saw the same laxidasical trainer sitting on a machine as on overweight middle aged woman stood by watching him.
That was my "AHH HA" moment as Oprah would say. I knew that I would not get anywhere at Planet Fitness. The Workout Club is right next to Hannafords. So a few days later I went to check them out. When I say I asked a gazillion questions, I mean I asked a gazillion questions. They had a deal where I could "Make the Switch" and pay the same monthly fee with no sign up fees. I was signing the paperwork in no time. Planet Fitness was cancelled within the week!
The next step for me was to have a fitness evaluation. This lasted almost an hour before I sat down with the intake girl and the regional manager for the fitness program. Of course they try to sell you the biggest package. I was down near the bottom of the page before I saw a number that was even remotely possible. I felt that every other week would be the right pace for me. It would give me the opportunity to workout on my own the exercises the trainer was going to teach me. They both promised me that I would be at my goal weight by April if I do what the trainer tells me to do.
My first appointment was August 22nd. When I say it is the best thing that I've done for myself, that would be an understatement. My mind is in a completely different place than it ever ever ever has been before. As I am writing this, I am down 20 pounds from this summer and 32 pounds down from my heaviest. I've decided to blog here because this is a community where we are all on the same boat. We are all on individual journeys.
My husband and my family have all discovered the difference in me. I feel it. I live it. I breath it. Everything is coming together for me at this time. The weight and size I am right now will never be seen by me again. I just know it because something has clicked in my brain. I will not go back to my old weighs. (haha. play on words!)
November 6, 2012