It really helps when you know others are going through what you are going through. Ginny teaches Yoga. Marci is dieting. Deb works out in her living room. I'm especially proud of Marci who had the courge to talk about her weight. Let's just say that I would be happy to get down to 170. My goal is 140. I have 50 lbs of fat to get rid of. Ugh. And one of the things that I also have to deal with is that I put on muscle fairly quickly so I am apt to acually gain weight from muscle before I lose any. That is why I am not going to focus on weight but rather on clothing size and how I feel.
Today my butt hurts and my abs are ouchy. But it isn't terrible, and my knee and foot are better. Later todayI will only work out with Meghan the Mean, my trainer, for a half hour and will do another half hour to an on my own. I've scheduled with her for next week on Monday and Wednesday, ouch, ouch ouch. But it will be good. I just have to get back in the exercise groove and I will be okay. Having a trainer helps me push myself in ways I would not without her encouragement and prodding.
I was actually pleased when Meghan the Mean told me that I am strong and tough. I like that. I do give it my all, and I don't whine… too much. I push through even when the muscles start shaking and sweat is dripping off of me. I hope she doesn't say that to every client. I don't think most people push themselves the way I am willing to in the gym.
I've worked with several trainers over the last many years and I really like the ones who are obcessively on me about form. That way I learn how to stay safe and not hurt myself. I also like it when a trainer pays attention to what I say. When I say I have a cramp, or something hurts, or doesn't feel right, I expect them to take me at my word. Female personal trainers seem to be much better at this than male trainers. Imagine that.
What I would like to find is an online program where I can put in what I am doing for a routine and then have a similar but varied program of exercise and weights printed out for me for my next work out. I used a system like this at a gym in the Ballston Commons Mall in Arlington, Virginia for a year and I loved it. I wonder if there is something like that that I can purchase outside of a gym. It would be much cheaper than personal training, and once I am back in the groove and attuned, it would serve the same function as a trainer. If you know of something like this, or actually use a program like this, please let me know!