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Everybody has one... and I thought that I had an excuse Part 1

Saturday, February 16, 2013

I make excuses. I do not want to be seen as I am. I do very little exercise but I am willing to do physical labor where I can see what I accomplish. I enjoyed gardening and construction projects. I feel the burn and sense of accomplishment that comes as reward at the end of each evening as a result of my labor.

A fat man at a health club is a strange place for me. Less than seven years ago I signed up at W.....'s Gym and wanted to take a yoga class. The instructor told the class that we are better than the people out there pumping iron or doing cardio because we have to be more fit to succeed in her class. emoticon emoticon emoticon

It was difficult in the core training and yoga class. Since I had a difficult time I asked the instructor what I could do to help myself in her class. Lose weight and cardio was not the answer I was looking for at that time.

I paid for a family membership and the trainers/sells people kept canceling appointments to help show how to use the equipment. I spoke to a trainer (30 minutes for free) and he used his calculator and informed me that I would need to drink two ounces of water a day for each of the pounds I need to loose. 38 cups a day is a lot and unrealistic. A person would die drinking three hundred ounces of water a day.... See I make excuses.

Within five minutes he showed me where the on and off buttons were on the tread mill and said that all the machines had instructional material printed on them.

He suggested that I come in 5 days a week and after loosing 30 pounds he would meet with me again for his normal coaching fee sold in 5 hour increments. What a deal!

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    one of my experiences with a trainer


    In spite of the fact that I had made some small gains he only wanted to sell me his services.
    1850 days ago
  • RKJONES1953
    I appreciate everybody's comments and support.

    To Lady_Spark you drink 13 cups of water a day. I found a hydration calculator and it suggested 26 cups for a person of my size. I have been drinking the following the last seven days. Adding 12 oz coffee and 36 oz of hot green tea and four 32 oz of very weak ice tea (no sugar and only 2 to 3 oz of green tea per jar for coloring.) I average about 22 to 26 cups a day.

    I've been looking through the videos and found many that I am interested in doing. I am the same size in my picture and walk 5 days a week with my trusty pedometer. I walk briskly for 30 minutes at 3 miles per hour.

    The hardest part in any activity is bending over with this added weight on my diaphragm and because of this I get dizzy sometimes when I stand up.

    I also found something fun and that is rebuilding my raised bed vegetable garden and DIY projects around my father-in-law's home and my home.

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    1860 days ago
    I agree completely with Ken. He is spot on. I got lucky and got in a very good gym with very knowledgeable people and between them and spark have learned a ton. 38 cups of water is insane as is the yoga instructors comments.
    1860 days ago
    I have absolutely no medical training but I've got a lot of health issues, so one picks things up.

    Firstly: yes, drink water. I'm a much smaller person than you -- mostly because I'm short and a girl. I drink 3 litres of water a day. If you drink less than that, I challenge you to it.

    If my little bladder and kidneys can handle it, I bet yours can get used to it! :)

    Next, you don't HAVE to lose weight to do a lot of things, including yoga. I see your photo and if you're still that size, you can do A LOT. Sure, it takes doing a little bit at a time!

    Have you looked into the CHAIR exercise videos on SparkPeople? I know a few people who can only do chair exercises (sometime due to illness and sometimes because they're a lot bigger than your photo).

    It's something you can do at home AND doing one of those short videos (as much as you can, nobody said you have to do all 10 or 15 minutes, why not start at 5?) on SP will BOOST your abilities when you go to the gym. It's all good stuff.

    One of my friends always says to focus on adding little good things cos they edge out the not-as-good :)
    1860 days ago
  • RKJONES1953
    Good comment King_Slayer.

    Beginners should always start with the easiest classes and work up to the real challenging ones.

    If we were friends prior to this I would have saved a lot of money. Who knows I might have even shared it with you. LOL..
    1861 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/18/2013 10:10:45 PM
    That's the problem with most gyms, it is ALL about the money.

    That yoga instructor should have answered your question by telling you about a beginners yoga class where you would learn about yoga and go through a series of easier poses. Every gym that I know of has several different levels of almost all of the group classes. Beginners should always start with the easiest classes and work up to the real challenging ones.

    I rarely trust trainers at any gym I have been a member of. Some of them get their certificates after reading some course material and taking a simple test. The idea that you need to drink 38 cups of water is ridiculous! Shoot for at least 8 and try to get 12-15 if you can. Keep in mind that fat is excreted through sweat, urine and the moisture in your breath, so making sure that you're well hydrated at all times is important. I would not pay that trainer a dime, but I'm sure you already figured that out :)

    1861 days ago
    Sounds like a plan. It is nice to have a professional on one's side!
    1862 days ago
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