Friday, April 04, 2014
After years of being sedentary and creeping weight gain, I finally had enough! Last month I made the commitment that 2014 is the year I get back into shape. I had tried everything I could think of and nothing seemed to work for me. I just did not have the energy or motivation to do this by myself. I needed some serious help.
So early in the year I started seeing a counselor who helped me realize that I need to take care of myself (no one else is) and invest in my needs, my goals, and my dreams. He encouraged me every step of the way. Eventually, I got the idea that I needed a personal fitness trainer to work with me 1-on-1 and jump start my diet and exercise plan. I had been planning my exercise comeback for months and now it was time to take action!!
I took my time at first, researching numerous local trainers until I narrowed it down to two who seemed promising. After interviewing both, I decided to go with the male trainer who has excellent educational credentials and years of experience training clients. His specialty is working with clients who have serious challenges such as recovering from injury, physical disabilities, or need to lose a lot of weight (that's me!). Plus, I know myself well enough to know that I need someone who can push me to constantly improve without actually pushing me away. Dan seems like the perfect fit for me. He is smart, funny, patient, knowledgeable, and knows how to cut through a client's BS and take away ALL their excuses while smiling at you the whole time. Damn he's good!! :)
My first session was a consultation that included a weigh-in, measurements, and fitness evaluation. Ugh! But at least now we have a baseline and I'll only improve from here.
Today was my second session and my first full 1-hour workout. This session included things like treadmill warm-up, leg & chest presses, planking, yoga poses for core & balance, squats, seated rows, triceps pull downs, and more squats! It sounds like a lot, I know, but Dan kept the workout fun and engaging with great conversation, funny stories, and lots of laughter, and all the while teaching me proper form and pushing me to do "just 5 more reps." Ha Ha Ha. But you know what? I was actually having so much fun that before I knew it I had been moving constantly for over 50 minutes. Wow! He's REALLY good!!! :D
My reward for the hard work was 10 minutes of full-body passive stretching. Dan stretched all my muscles and worked on increasing joint flexibility as well. It was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G and I felt so incredibly good afterwards. No soreness, stiffness, joint pain, or back pain either. I just felt loose and energized. So THIS is what working out is supposed to be like. I like it. I can't wait until next week's session. For the first time in years, I am excited about exercising. Stay tuned and share in my progress and help me celebrate my successes. Thanks.