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Last week I finally turned the corner in my bronchial virus, and I really started to feel better as the week went on.  I went to the gym twice (Friday afternoon and Sunday am) and enjoyed it so much both times.  I also realized that I always make going to the gym into this big ordeal in my mind, when really, there’s nothing to it.  Once I’m there I always enjoy myself, or at the very least feel better about myself walking out than I did when I walked in.  What’s not to like about that?

So, I think in much the same way that I avoided the gym all summer and chose to take my workouts outside (however few of them there were this summer), I’m going to start hitting the gym 4 times a week.  Here’s what I’m thinking:

Sunday – belly dancing

Tuesday – training

Wednesday – aqua aerobics

Friday – training + elliptical/other cardio

I’ll supplement this with my walks with Lulu, the Wii, or housecleaning on the other days, so I’ll be moving my body each and every day, but doing more intense workouts 4/7 days of the week.  A good start!

Speaking of good starts, let’s do an Autumn Goals check…

Autumn Goals Check-In #3

  1. Track every bite in LoseIt, whether I’m proud of the choice I made or not. Track all exercise in LoseIt, as well. 7/7 days. :)
  2. Stay within 1200-1400 calories on weekdays; 1600-1800 on weekends, if needed. Most days this past week that I averaged 1400-1500 calories each day, but I ate all healthy, whole foods, so I’m not too worried.
  3. Cook dinner for myself 5 nights a week, at least. Done!
  4. Prepare breakfast and lunches the night before. Done!
  5. Pack a bag of workout clothes and keep it in my car, so I can go to the gym right after school, no excuses. I’ve realized that this one isn’t a priority for me.  I much prefer getting my workout bag together at night before dinner or right before bed.  This is the last time I’m going to have this one on the list.
  6. Take a class/workout at the gym 3 days a week. I was sick for most of the week, but I did make it to the gym on Friday for 20 minutes on the elliptical and back again on Sunday for SharQui, the belly dancing class!
  7. Walk Lulu every day, with 2 walks/day on the weekends. We took a walk every day, but I don’t know if that 2nd walk is really realistic.  I usually take her to the dog park (plus the walk) on the weekends, and that seems to be enough exercise for her.
  8. Supplement “gym days” with Wii workouts. Sick, not completed.
  9. Keep the fridge/pantry/freezer/snack drawer stocked with healthy choices. Done!
  10. Drink at least 64oz of water a day! Done! The medication I’m taking makes me thirsty, so I’m doing really well on my water intake this week.

I would say that I’m 95% better, and only really cough if I’m over-exerting myself, so the workouts are going to continue, beginning with belly dancing on Sunday and continuing with my first official training session with Robbie this afternoon at 4pm!

This week is going to be another great one!

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I’ve been looking forward to writing this post all weekend, but finally have the time to sit down and do it now.  (On a side note – this has been one of the best weekends in recent memory, and I’ve spent most of it alone with Lulu, at home.  Sometimes I think we all need quiet weekends.  I definitely needed the “recharging” time).

I had been looking forward to meeting my new trainer all week, and I went into it with the mentality that the trainer was going through and interview with me.  I wanted to make sure that these training sessions (I have 17 of them) were used doing exactly what I wanted to be doing.  (As much as I loved training with Jimmy, there was a lot about our sessions that I realized I didn’t really like – all those football drills weren’t resistance training, which is what I sorely needed).

Robbie was friendly, confident, and shared many of the same philosophies that I did regarding training.  He agreed that our time together would be much better spent using weight machines, doing core work, and using bands for resistance training rather than doing cardio or those drills that I used to do with Jimmy.  I’m really glad that he said that from the get-go.  As soon as I told him that my doctor had outlined a nutrition plan for me to follow, I was surprised and encouraged to hear that he wasn’t going to try to get me to follow a certain prescribed diet plan.  Also, once I told him that I’m taking 12 different vitamins (again, as prescribed by my doctor), he completely backed off the whole “you should buy these protein supplements” spiel. Robbie took my weight and measurements (neck, chest, waist, hips, biceps, calves, thighs) so I’m looking forward to seeing my progress in a month’s time.

What I didn’t share with him was that I was going to get LapBand surgery.  I’m not exactly sure why – I’m committed to the surgery, and I know it’s the right choice for me, but I really didn’t want to hear him say that I wouldn’t need it to lose the weight as long as we “stuck to a rigorous training schedule.”  Because I tried that a year ago and it didn’t work.  (As we know, food is 60-75% of the equation, and that’s the part I have the most trouble with).  I told him that my doctor wants me to lose 30 pounds by Jan, and he said that he thinks that’s totally do-able.  (I’m actually hoping that I lost the required weight by the end of December, and I think that’s fairly reasonable, considering that there are 10 weeks until December 31st).

Robbie asked me what kind of a trainer I liked and I told him that I try to live up to or exceed the expectations placed in front of me.  That I’ll give it my all for as long as I can.  I don’t want or like having a “Jillian Michaels” type of trainer who yells at me, because I don’t find that motivating.  I told him that I love to learn, so I want him to teach me.  He said that his approach, after the initial two weeks where he’s going to observe and see how far he can push me, was to educate as he trained me.  He said that he wants to see me 2-3 times a week, and I told him that I could commit to 2 for sure, but 3 might be pushing it, depending on the week.

The thing is, now that I’ve moved to my new place, I really can’t afford personal training sessions right now.  They’re basically $50, which would mean $400/month if we meet twice a week.  I don’t have that much extra cash at all.  So, I’ll use these 17 sessions, which will take me to the end of the year, and then I should’ve learned enough to continue the weight training on my own for a while.  Because at the beginning of next year I should be undergoing the surgery and recovering for 2 weeks, and then I can continue weight training on my own.  At the end of May when I get my bonus check, I’ll revisit the idea of buying more training sessions and see if I feel like I need them.

I’m excited to get back to the gym on a regular basis, and I think Robbie will be a good trainer.  I don’t think he and I will have as much of a flirty rapport as Jimmy and I had, but I don’t think that’s a negative thing.  I think we’ll be able to keep it at a professional client/trainer level, which is perfectly fine with me. We’ve set up next week’s training for Tuesday/Friday, and I’m looking forward to it.

Proud Moment: After my training session (which lasted an hour, rather than 30 minutes like I thought), I was a bit worried about getting home to Lulu, but I decided to hit the elliptical machine first.  It felt great to be back on it, and I was doing great until about 10 minutes into it, when I had  a bit of a coughing fit.  I recovered and kept going, but decided that 20 minutes was going to have to be enough, because I really couldn’t push myself past that.  Still, I burned 415 calories, and felt amazing afterward. I really liked going on Friday afternoon, because I felt like I had already started the weekend off on the right foot before it even truly began.  I’m going to make it a habit to go to the gym on Fridays from now on.

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As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I am so thankful that finally, FINALLY my mind, body, and spirit are all on the same side in this weight loss battle.  For so long I’ve felt like I have been spinning my wheels, through no one’s fault but my own.  But now I’m on a roll and making it happen.  Not that everything is 100% perfect, but I’m feeling so good about my efforts and I know that success is mine, and perfection is not the goal.

I absolutely cannot wait for this cough to get out of my system!  My breathing is so labored, and the medicine I’m taking is causing headaches, so I’m still feeling fairly miserable.  Soon I should be back on my feet and ready to hit the gym full force.  For now, I’m focusing on what I can control, which is my food choices/portions, tracking, and water intake.  I’m happy to say that I’m doing really well on all of those fronts.

I’ve been feeling lighter lately.  Not just physically lighter, but mentally lighter too, armed with the knowledge that I’m doing everything in my power to promote weight loss.  I don’t have that sinking feeling that comes when I know I’ve overeaten, make a poor choice, or ignored my goals.  It’s so nice to feel so positive about my efforts.  And now it’s time for that scale shot.

Which means I lost 1.7 lbs this week, for a total weight loss of 1.2 overall. Plus, I am really happy that I’m continuing to lose weight, even without being able to workout out at all for the past couple of weeks.  I know my progress will be even more exciting once I am finally able to give it my all in the gym (or in whatever exercise I’m doing).

Speaking of which, I am looking forward to my training appointment on Friday.  I’m excited and also a bit anxious, because I’m meeting a new trainer.  Jimmy, my old trainer, moved to a gym that’s over 30 minutes away from my house, making it really inconvenient to travel there for a training session.  The manager at the club recommended this new trainer, and I’m hoping that he and I mesh well together.  I’m definitely going to let him know what I’m looking for out of my training sessions, and I’m hoping he can deliver the instruction (and motivation) I want.

Daily Goals Update

Yesterday I had a killer headache that lasted from 10am until I went to sleep.  So while I didn’t go to the aqua aerobics class, I did do the Wii again for 30 minutes.  I didn’t keep track of the calories  burned, nor did I track them in LoseIt, but I will from now on.

Today I had originally planned on doing the aqua aerobics again, but since my cough is really breaking up today (and my lung capacity is very compromised), I’m going to do the Wii (in addition to my walk with Lulu).

 

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Let’s start with the bad news…

Housing

Today (it’s almost 1am, so technically this is yesterday) I went to look at the duplex that was available and I was so disappointed in what I saw.  Yes, the layout was exactly the same as the one I had lived in years ago, but it was absolutely disgusting inside.  Apparently the previous tenants had been evicted, and it showed.  The carpet and floors were filthy, and the property manager said they “might need to be replaced.”  Uh, if you want to rent it to me, they NEED to be replaced.  Oh, and while you’re at it, why not update those ugly cabinets that look as if they haven’t been painted in years?  The entire place just looked so run down and awful, and the yard was completely overgrown with weeds.  So not worth the monthly rental fee.

The property manager was so unprofessional, and not only did she show up 10 minutes late for our appointment, but she just seemed like a total airhead.  When I looked the company up on Yelp, they had some really poor reviews from current tenants.  Not a good sign.  Which means that all 10 of the duplexes that are on that street are off the table, because the same man owns all of them, and the same property managers run them.  If she couldn’t even show up on time to show me the place, I can only imagine how unresponsive they are when things need to be repaired.

So it’s back to the drawing board.  I’m not giving up, but I may not move out as soon as I thought (or had hoped).  My quick searches on Craigslist hasn’t shown anything I’m interested in so far.  I definitely want to get a duplex or a little house.  Once you “graduate” from apartment living, you definitely don’t want to go back.  I have decided to sign a month-to-month lease at my current location so that I have the freedom to leave whenever I want to.  This buys me the time to find some place that I feel comfortable with.  Because as crazy as the neighbors on both sides of me are (and for as poor as the neighborhood is), my place itself is nice and I only want to move up.  I definitely don’t want to settle.

And now the good…

Lulu

I’m happy to report that Lulu is completely potty trained already!  It’s only been a month, so I think that shows exactly how smart she is.  She’s still a great puppy who adds so much to my life, but she has started moving into that “adolescent” stage of puppyhood.  She’s started barking quite a bit, and while I know that’s normal, I don’t like it when she barks at ME.  Most of the time she barks becasue she wants to play, which is fine, but the last two days she’s started barking whenever I’m not paying her enough attention – when I’m eating a meal (new weight loss tool?? ;), when I’m cleaning up, or when I’m watching t.v or on the computer.  I’m trying different techniques to curb her barking at me, including giving her timeouts in her crate.  I’m going to inquire at the puppy training to see if they have any other suggestions.

Speaking of the training, she’s doing really well with “sit” and “lay down.”  I’m looking forward to going this evening (Wednesday evening) and seeing what new tricks we learn.  The main thing I’m looking forward to learning with her is recall/name recognition and loose leash walking.

Which leads me to the fact that I think I need to start taking Lulu on longer walks to tire her out a bit more.  Right now we go around the block 5-6 times a day and usually 1 good (1/2 mile) walk, but I think now that she’s gotten older and seems to be able to control her bladder better, I can cut down the walks to 2-3 longer ones a day.  My neighborhood isn’t the best to walk in, so I think I’m going to start driving her to the better streets that are a 5-minute car ride away.  I know that seems silly, but I’d much rather do that than walk on the streets around here where who knows what she’ll find.  There’s a ton of garbage on the sidewalks near my house (I saw a Hennessey bottle strewn on the sidewalk just this morning), so I’m forced to be ridiculously vigilant in making sure she’s not getting into things.  Since the nicely maintained streets aren’t very far away, it makes sense to just drive her to them.  Of course I’ll still take her outside for the quick potty breaks a few times a day, but I think doing these new routes will be good for both of us.  (It might also help with barking).

New Stuff

I just bought Just Dance for the Wii, and I can’t wait to try it this morning (look for a review once I have).  I’ve heard great things about it from you guys and from the reviews on Amazon, so I think it will be a fun thing to add to my exercise routine.  I pre-ordered the Just Dance 2, as well, and I have a feeling I’ll like that one, too.  It has all new songs to groove to, so it will help keep things interesting.

Despite the reported reception/antenna problems with the iPhone 4, I’m going to order one today.  I have a iPhone 3G, which is 2 models behind, and I’m ready to upgrade.  I can’t wait for the double viewer camera, because it will make taking self-portraits so much easier.  I can’t tell you the number of times my sister (or friends) and I have wanted to snap a picture of ourselves, only to take a photo of our chins, or our foreheads, etc.  The other really cool feature is the video chatting Facetime that you can do with other iPhone 4 users.  There are lots of other cool things about the new iPhone.  Plus, I told my sister that I’d give her my old phone, and since she’s been going through some difficult and stressful personal (relationship) issues, I want to do whatever I can to make her life better.  She never gets anything for herself because money is tight and whatever extra she has goes to my nieces, so I’m more than happy to give her the old iPhone so that she can have a nicer phone.

Goals For the Week

I wanted to set a few exercise/activity goals for myself this week (Wed-Fri), and I’ll check in on Saturday to see how well I did:

  1. Do the Just Dance each morning
  2. Take Lulu on 2 long walks a day
  3. Wear my Body Bugg each day and log my calories burned online
  4. Go swimming 1 day
  5. Go to the gym 1 day
  6. Take a bike ride 1 day
  7. Make an appointment to meet with a new personal trainer

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If you’re a long-time reader, you already know most of the info contained within this video, but you might be interested in watching it because Lulu makes a cameo appearance.  :)

BTW – The quality isn’t what I expected it to be, but I think that’s because I had to edit it in iMovie and then compress the file, so it didn’t come out as clearly as it otherwise would have. At least I hope that’s what it is, otherwise, I spent a lot of money for nothing.  (Although it is nice to have a video camera).

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Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket Happy Tuesday, everyone!

I am so excited!  Yesterday I was reading some tweets and I saw one from Jillian Michaels about her  Ultimate Wellness Cruise that she’s put together from October 21-25. You guys know how much I love Biggest Loser and Jillian.  The cruise combines a nice vacation, fitness, and workouts with one of the best trainers in the business.

Since the cruise is departing around a weekend, I should be able to get the time off of work. (We get some “don’t tell” days each year where we can take the day off without having to say why.  It’s pretty cool, actually). I went to the site and saw that the pricing is reasonable at around $800 for a 4-day cruise from Miami to Great Stirrup Cay and Nassau, Bahamas aboard the Norwegian Star. (The pricing starts at $649, but that’s for an interior room, and I know that I’d feel claustrophobic unless I had a porthole of some sort).

I have some money saved because  I was originally planning a trip to Boston to see CTLB this summer, but we couldn’t seem to coordinate our schedules, so we had to cancel.  I was thinking about going to see my uncle in Michigan, but I’d much rather spend money on this cruise.  Wouldn’t you?

Speaking of which, I don’t have a “buddy” to go with yet and all of the rooms are priced as doubles/triples/quads, so…. who wants to go with me?  I’m serious.  Are there any of you who would like to book the trip and room together?  If you think you might, email me so we can start figuring out some details.

I’m really hoping that this works out because I think a vacation with a bit of boot camp led by Jillian Michaels would be a great motivation next fall moving into the winter blahs season.

Ok, I’m off to search airfare… ;)

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(Yes, I know that it’s Saturday, making this post one day late, but since I’m on Spring Break, I figure I’m allowed a little leeway, right?)

J/K....No, this isn't how I spent my spring break. :P

Saturday, April 10 – Off.  I wasn’t feeling very well today, so I spent most of the day resting.  I had a bad headache, and I think the stress of the previous week finally hit me.

Sunday, April 11light housecleaning.  Today I didn’t do too much other than laundry, a few pots & pans, and picking up the bathroom, but hey, I still earned 4 APs.

Monday, April 12
Today I was determined to get in some great activity.  Since it was pouring rain outside, I really didn’t want to even get in the car and go to the gym.  The rain seriously makes me want to stay in and read a book or watch a movie, but I told myself that I could do that later, after I got in some serious exercise.  This spring break week off is supposed to be all about working out, after all, so I wanted to get right to it.

I read BitchCakes’ blog all the time, and I am always impressed in the workouts she does.  She’s been talking about the Punk Rope classes that she takes all the time.  It looks like so much fun because it incorporates all the fun parts of recess, but for adults.  Plus, jumping rope is such good exercise.  I checked out the site to see if there were any classes offered in my area, but unfortunately, it hasn’t made it to the Bay Area yet. If it ever does, you better believe I’m going to join in on one of the classes.  So, I decided to buy the DVD and a jump rope for myself at home.  I hit the purchase button before I realized that they had a starter kit available that was cheaper and included everything, plus a cool CD of music. I figured it was my bad that I hadn’t been a bit more careful before hitting “purchase,” but then to my surprise, Tim Haft, president of Punk Rope, emailed me to tell me he was refunding me the difference and sending me a starter kit anyway!  How cool is that?  I hadn’t had time to try it out up to this point, but today I had nothing but time.  Ok, guys, I think I’m going to have a few scars on my legs from my uncoordinated attempts to jump rope.  LOL.  I kept whipping myself with the jump rope.  Finally I just decided to try the DVD without the rope, but still jumping and moving my arms as if I was.  (I’m sure I’ll get the jump rope thing down in time, but right now I’m just not there yet).  I could only last for about 10 minutes before I was just gasping for breath.  What a workout!  Still, I earned 2 APs for those 10 minutes, which is awesome.

Since the Punk Rope workout only lasted a few minutes, I decided to do some Wii FitPlus today, as well.  Today I did a more intense workout on the FitPlus.  I did the 3 minute short run, 3-4 times trying the obstacle course, a few balance games, and then I did 10 minutes of free step.  The free step is supposed to allow you to watch t.v. while you do the step for 10 minutes.  The FitPlus said the goal was to do 800 steps in 10 min., but knowing how competitive I am, you know I had to break that to smithereens, right?  Of course I did.  In 10 minutes, I did 1199 steps!  I was pissed that I didn’t get to 1200, but I’ll save that for another day.  Altogether I did 38 minutes on the FitPlus and earned 4 APs.

Monday’s total: 48 minutes and 6APs.

Tuesday, April 13 – Off.  The lazies got the better of me today.  I spent most of the day watching t.v., reading, and hanging around the house.  The weather wasn’t helping at all.  I get so uninspired when it’s raining.

Wednesday, April 14 - I was completely stunned and happy with my weight loss on the scale, and it definitely inspired me to hit the gym and do 33 minutes on the elliptical.  LOL.  I know that 33 minutes sounds ridiculous, but I do this weight loss program on the machine and it just so happens to be 33 minutes, including the cool down.  It’s a great interval training mode with 2 minutes of Level 4 at an incline of 1, 2 minutes of Level 7 at an incline of 10, repeated for 28 minutes.  My heart beats out of my chest the entire time (in a good way), and I really break a sweat.  I love it.  The cool down is always the best, because I drink a whole 32-oz of water while I’m listening to some mellow grooves.  5 APs earned.

Thursday, April 15 – Today I had plans to meet Ish for coffee at a Starbucks not far from my house, and since the weather was finally beautiful and sunny, I decided to ride my bike there, rather than driving.  It’s 1.1 miles from my house, according to my map App on the iPhone, and let me tell you, I was definitely out of breath by the time I got there in just about 10 minutes.  It felt good to take the beach cruiser out for a spin, and even better to have a destination.  I like aimlessly riding my bike, but that’s usually more fun with a friend, so when I’m by myself, I like to have a destination.  After our gab session, I rode for another 20 minutes, because I wanted to get in at least 30 minutes total.  It was awesome feeling my thighs work while I rode.  I earned 3 APs.

Friday, April 16 – I had a ton of fun planting gorgeous flowers in my windowbox, while earning 3 APs.

All in all, I had a fantastic week off.  I didn’t do too much in terms of sightseeing, but I sure did a lot in terms of stacking up those Activity Points!  I earned a total of 21 APs throughout the week, which is great.  The better thing is that I put a lot of variety into my workouts which made them that much more enjoyable.  I know many of you love the gym, and I do like going, but for me, I like being out and about and enjoying the scenery a lot more than I like being inside the gym walls.  Mixing it up helps me stay inspired to keep up with my workouts.

Stay tuned for next week, when I’m going to try a new class at the gym.

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So far my spring break has been good, albeit a bit quiet.  No huge plans for the week means I’m free to do anything I’d like to, which is great, but also leaves me feeling like I need to get out and about a bit.  The weather is not cooperating, though, as we’ve had rainstorms and cloudy skies for the last few days.  I’d love the sun to sneak out at some point, so I could go outside for a walk or bike ride in the middle of the day.  That would make me feel like I’m truly on vacation and being active.

The funny thing about being a teacher is that most of my friends aren’t, so I spend lots of time to myself during my vacations.  I’m not one of those people who has to surround herself with others all of the time, but living alone, and now spending the days alone too, I do find myself wishing that I had a few more people to hang around with.  I tend to stay in a lot, and so part of my goal for this summer (because there’s not enough time for it during this week off) is to get out and meet more people.  Male people would be nice, too.  ;)

So far I’ve spent the first day of my break sleeping in, eating well, and getting in some good activity.  I really can’t ask for more.  Today’s agenda is much of the same, although I think I’m going to take my workout to the gym, because I’d like to do some time on the elliptical machine, and I want to make some appointments for personal training.  Which reminds me, I don’t think I mentioned that Jimmy (my former trainer) has switched gyms, which makes me sad.  He’s still working at 24 Hour, but the one he’s based at now is about 25 minutes from my house.  Which would mean almost an hour of driving there and back and then an hour of the workout.  Too much of a time commitment for me, especially when it’s hard enough to get my ass to the gym after work sometimes.  So I’ve made the decision to start training with someone new at the gym closer to my house.  Even though Jimmy was great, I know myself too well, and going to the closer gym is more important than keeping him as a trainer.  There are lots of other awesome trainers at this gym, and I’m actually kind of excited to see whom I’ll start training with.  I’m hoping to find someone who might be able to do a 7am appointment, that way on my late days, I can head to the gym, workout with the trainer, and then go straight to school.  As long as I’m organized and have my work clothes with me to change into, it will work out well.  Plus, I think starting the day with a training session would be a fantastic way to start the day.

Other than that, I’m looking forward to enjoying the rest of this very stress-free week.  Tonight is such a big night for TV – Biggest Loser, Lost, Glee (yay!!), and Parenthood.  I can’t wait!!  Tomorrow will be my first weigh in since my do-over, and I’m looking forward to seeing what the scale shows. Have a good day!

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This week’s recap can be summed up in one word – FAIL!

Yes, that’s right, I didn’t do any of the trainings this week.  And no, not because the fear of jogging for 3 full minutes took over.  :P  It was because I got a nasty cold that stayed with me all week. I knew I couldn’t workout at all this past weekend, because I was feeling so lousy.  I don’t need to get into all the gory details, but let’s just say, I could barely make it standing on my feet, let alone moving them.

I did attempt to do the training on Tuesday, but I was still just too congested.  I did end up walking for 30 minutes, though, so I got some exercise in, at least.

Ok, so where do I go from here?  Well, I just go on to the repeat week that’s coming up and keep on with the training schedule.  I’m not too disappointed in myself because I definitely had the desire to train, but the cold just knocked me on my ass.  It happens.  Getting sick is just one of those things in life we can’t control.

I’m looking forward to starting the repeat week today after work.  I am going to try to do 4 days of the training (adding one day), just so I can feel like I’m making up for some lost time.

Make sure to check out Scale Warfare’s blog, because I guarantee you she had a much more successful week than I did.

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In other news, I’ve made a difficult decision that is somewhat related to RLR.  Lately I’ve been feeling very overwhelmed with all of the workouts.  I feel like I never have any time to myself during the week, because every evening has something going on.  I’ve been feeling this way since January, when I started back with personal training.  My heart just hasn’t been in the training.

As much as I have loved seeing what I can push myself to do with Jimmy’s help, I really feel like I need a break from the personal training right now.  I texted him (our main form of communication) and it almost felt like I was telling him I needed a break in a relationship:

I think I have too much going on in my life right now to keep focused on personal  training.  I need to get some breathing space so I can get my drive back.  Can we put my sessions on hold ’till the summer when I’ll have more time and I can focus?  I really hate to disappoint you, but I feel like I’m being pulled in all directions right now.  Working with you has been so amazing, and I want to feel positive about training again, but I can’t put my whole heart in it right now with everything else.  I hope you know how special you are to me as a personal trainer and that you’ll let me train with you again in June when life gets less hectic.

Phew!  I really poured my heart out in the texts, but it felt like the right thing to do.  I’d been giving it a lot of thought these last few weeks, because as I said to him, I really felt like I was just going through the motions and my heart wasn’t in it.  Jimmy asked when we could talk about this, and I told him he could call any time, but he hasn’t contacted me yet.

Part of me wonders if I’m just giving up, but then most of me knows that I made the right decision.  I want to give my effort to the RLR training right now, and I feel like all of it is just too much.  I want to get back into using my Wii games – the Wii Fit Plus, EA Sports Active, Biggest Loser Challenge.  Not to mention the DVDs I have – the BL Boot Camp, BL Yoga, and Jillian’s 30 Day Shred.  I want to go to the gym and just get on the elliptical or take a group exercise class.  I guess I just don’t want the incredible intensity right now.

Maybe it’s just this lousy winter weather – maybe I would just rather be home and working out with DVDs/Wii instead of battling the rain and wind and cold (granted, it’s California cold, but sometimes cold is just cold no matter where you live) at 6pm or 7pm on a weeknight.

Plus, I just feel like I lose more weight the weeks when I don’t do the personal training, for some reason.  Yes, I’ve lost inches, but I haven’t really lost weight.  It’s discouraging.  I don’t want to seem lazy, but when I start feeling like this, I know that I get overwhelmed and then I just shut down and don’t do anything.  And I definitely don’t want that to happen.  I just want to enjoy working out, without any pressure.  I think putting the personal training on hold until the summer when I have more time is the best decision for me.

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Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket Happy Tuesday, everyone.  I can’t believe it’s already Tuesday.  Love having Monday off.  I also get Friday off this week (for semester break), so I’m in the middle of enjoying 2 3-day weekends back-to-back.  Since this is Finals Week, it means that while the students are sweating, I’m playing it cool.  I made it easy on myself and decided to do a Scantron final, so grading will be super easy!

Here’s a shot of my week from the perspective of my WW Online Plan Manager:

(You can click on it to enlarge it).

I ate well, had a few high-Points days, but still have 7 flex points remaining.  I haven’t tracked yet for today (this post is being written really early, before breakfast), and I don’t plan to use them tonight.  If you look at the activity, you can see that I’ve been on target since Saturday, which makes me feel great.

This week, especially the second half, has been going really well!  I’ve been eating right, getting back on track with RLR, and back to personal training.  I am feeling fantastic! Let’s get to those non-scale accomplishments:

  • I tracked my food/Points for each and every meal this week
  • I sent Scale Warfare my food journal each evening (I really recommend doing this with a buddy, because it’s a great sense of support and accountability).
  • I got at least 30 minutes of activity 3/7 days this week*
  • I’ve eaten dinner at home 7 days this week
  • I tried a new recipe this week – look for that post on Thursday.
  • I got all my water in this week.

*My goal is to get some sort of activity every day, so I didn’t make this goal, but have been on-track with it since Saturday.

I feel like I’m really on a roll, and I’m so proud of all that I’ve done this week, especially beginning this weekend.  I’m looking forward to seeing what the scale has to tell me tomorrow, but no matter what, I’m having one of those great THIN days! Nothing can stop me now.  :)

I hope everyone has a great week – I’m planning to!!!

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