NOTHING can ever prepare you for a session with a personal trainer. NOTHING. My arms feel dead and useless. When I got home and took a shower they’d tremble as I washed my upper body. I’m getting my trainer to do a meal plan for me to help me to be more disciplined, so I have to do a food journal for a week so she sees how I eat as well as a list of what I don’t eat. I’m going to do a list of what I actually eat as it’s easier than what I don’t eat – I’m a very picky eater. The good thing about the gym though is I drink way more water throughout the day when I’m going regularly than usual. *yay*
I think I’ll head there tomorrow just to hop on the elliptical for half an hour and then we have another session Saturday morning, the one that proceeds go to a charity. I was excited that I’ll be getting back in shape but I am in no way excited about the workouts that I will be doing. My husband will be training with me (*happy dance*) and this morning we really got it going. The friendly competition definitely adds a little fun to it.
Since I don’t use my mp3 player when I’m with a trainer I’m going to use it when I’m working out on my own. It’s good to have music that gets you going. When we were warming up on the treadmills this morning, we heard Take Over Control and it was very hard not to try to dance while walking/running when the beat was just coursing through us lol. I wasn’t about to fall though so I kept some slight head movements going so I didn’t lose balance :D.
Well that is just a little update. I’m praying we don’t do legs on Saturday as I can’t afford to have jelly legs all weekend. Will let you know how the event goes :).
Today I had my final session with my personal trainer.. it was bittersweet and I gave it my all. I am a bit weary of doing my own workout now but with the changes that I’ve seen, I have confidence in myself that I can do it. I don’t think i’ll be totally alone though. My husband may be joining my gym and after joining me in my last session, I think we’ll become workout partners and we have good gym chemistry lol.
Now to the part to help you! One point my trainer made is the necessity to change up the workout to keep all of the muscles active and also to not get bored!! There are two ways to approach this – the free way and the not so free way :D. If you like buying magazines, SELF magazine offers workout cards that you can tear out and keep with you and TAKE to the gym if you do not exercise at home. You will benefit from the magazine on the whole if you paid for a subscription but the workouts are also available online. The have an app too! I would suggest getting the subscription if anything because this is an excellent magazine – the name alone tells you you’ll be doing a favor to yourSELF *hehe*. The link to Self’s fitness page is: http://www.self.com/fitness.
Another magazine/website is Shape (http://www.shape.com/). They offer a virtual trainer on their website (I haven’t tried this so I can’t say if it’s good or not but i’ll imagine it is) if you like the stay-at-home exercise routine — I personally HATE to exercise at home. I have NO motivation whatsoever and as much as I say I’ll do something, I’ll find other things to do to get out of it. That’s why there are gyms :D.
Personal trainers aren’t the cheapest but they’re worth it. I made a personal effort not to track my weight over the 5 weeks but to take note of how my body was changing; sometimes that’s more important as the scale could be quite
depressing misleading. It’s better to pay attention to how your clothes are now fitting and if your body is changing in a way that YOU want it to. So what I’ve done (as advised by my personal trainer) is glue the cards from the magazine to index cards, then I’ll shuffle and choose 5 exercises to do when I go to the gym. Hopefully with my “new” personal trainer I can keep up what’s been started and continue to look the way I want and feel great about myself.
A year doesn’t have to start from January 1st, your year for change can start the day you decide you want it to happen.