Today, I had my first fitness eval with my new personal trainer, Chuck and I did my first actual Chuck-designed workout. He will create new ones for me each month, First, we did the weight and measurement thing, and it was slightly disheartening to get on the scale fully clothed, shoes and all, after breakfast, and see the scale at 253.5, which was 5# heavier than in my bathroom this morning. I'm sure I'm not the only one who strips every possible fraction of an ounce off normally to weigh myself! But I don't think it would have been appropriate to do that in the middle of the club!
It was also disappointing to see the Body Fat analyzer increase my body fat % from the last time I did it about a week ago. I am sure this is not so. It was a different time of day that I did it, and I know those things can be widely variant based on your hydration status and other factors, and I feel as if I have added some muscle, so I won't worry too much about that. I'll just take the new number as my baseline. I have been using the US Military calculation up til now, but after doing some reading, I learned that it is not very accurate either, so I will switch to the electrical impedance method since that what the trainer uses. Having said this, the US Military formula, based on measurements and weight, shows my body fat % decreased by 2.7% in 3 weeks! Also, the body impedance method shows a 3% decrease over the same period, so the changes they reflect are in the same ballpark.
We set goals for my next fitness eval on July 29th. Body Fat % decreased by 2% and weight loss of 7# in the next 5 weeks. I plan to smash those goals!
When looking at my Chuck-designed work-out, I panicked to see the words, "Body Weight Plank." Oh wow! I can't do that, I thought! I am going to banish the word "can't" from my vocabulary. I CAN! -a lbeit for a short time :) I made 30 seconds x three reps and I am happy with that. The last rep was rough and I almost gave up after 15 seconds, but the words, "Build My House!" came to me. Thanks , Lord! I am taking a spiritual approach as well as a physical and mental approach to my fitness and weight loss, and the idea that my body is the temple of the Holy Spirit is very motivating to me. "Build My House" is a reference to the Old Testament when God chastised the people who should have been building the temple but were slacking. Repeating, "Build. My. House!" 5 times got me through the final plank of my workout!
I was also a little concerned about all the fit and muscular people next to whom I would be working out. Would I be intimidated by them? I realized I would have to make some peace with them being there. I first thought, "Well, I can consider them to be eye candy," but that didn't feel right and sure did not work well for me. Then I told myself, "I bet they were weak and fat like you when they started! Look at them now!" I know this is likely not true, but it sure helps me to think that when I need to decrease the weight on the seated low row machine from 150# to 30# after a muscular man finished his reps like they were nothing. These fit muscle-bound folks are inspiration for me now!
So, I came home and had a Whey-Cool protein smoothie with coconut milk and flaked coconut, home-made almond butter, chia seeds, five ice cubes and sweetened with some truvia . It tasted sinfully good!
I've got this! Yes, I do!