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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

We signed up for a gym on Friday. Good timing, right? Right after Thanksgiving, I'll try to get back on track. One of the "Black Friday" benefits of the deal was a free once-a-month meeting with a personal trainer. Last night we had our first meeting, and now I'm mad at myself. I'm 1/3 fat! I knew I was weak, but 32.2% body fat is a little bit ridiculous for me. Even when I was at my heaviest (195 lbs), my body fat percentage wasn't that high. I think I've hit a new "low," and it makes me angry. Angry at myself for letting it get so bad.

That having been said, at least I know where I am and where I need to go. At 175 lbs and 32.2% body fat, I have 119 lbs of lean body mass (32.2% x 175 = 56 lbs). If I want 16% body fat to be healthy, that means I'll need 19 lbs of fat (or so), leaving me at 138 lbs. My target weight is 155, so that means I need to put on 17 lbs of muscle.

The personal trainer said that if he couldn't get me there in three months of weekly meetings he'd train me for free. Weekly meetings are $25 each, so it's $100 per month, and both my husband and I would get training. We just bought a house, so money is a little tight, but an investment of $300 to be at my goal weight (which I've been at before) with lean muscle mass (which I've always wanted but not known how to get) is very, very tempting. I have hated how weak I've been while moving in--I can't lift anything, and I get tired very easily. I haven't gained a lot of "size" but I've lost most of my muscle, and I want it back. I only need to lose 20 pounds...

So what are your thoughts? $300 and three months is a lot cheaper than lipo (which for the record I'm not actually considering) and if I can do it, the results would last. Has anyone had any success with a personal trainer? Has anyone thought it was a waste of money?
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