Archive | February 2012

4 Days In

Only four, let me repeat that FOUR days of stretching and light core exercises and I feel tremendously better.  My posture is better, my core strength is better, my FLEXIBILITY is BETTER! I don’t follow Drew Manning’s nutritional meals, mainly because this isn’t just a diet or a fad for me, it’s a lifestyle change and therefore it has to have sustainability for ME.  I love food and I love flavor, I don’t mind sacrificing fat and carbs (some carbs) but I do mind sacrificing flavor, so along with journey in weight loss and strength, it’s a journey into cooking healthier as well.   My husband loves it, I’ve rarely cooked or enjoyed cooking in the 5 years we’ve been married, and suddenly he gets a home cooked meals without high fat or having to pay 35.00 for a dinner for two.  I love his program and food diary but I’m just not into spinach shakes.

Are there mornings that I don’t want to do the exercises? Yes. Even at this early stage, there are moments I think, f*** I don’t feel like this.  Even during the exercises I feel like f*** I hate this one. But I push through it, we push through it and just get them done.  It doesn’t take a lot of time, it’s not like we’re working out for hours a day. It’s trivial compared to the rest of the day.  It’s perfect. It’s sustainable.

As the hubby and I are laying there stretching and doing core exercises, I realize, we’re bonding more, not that we don’t bond throughout the day, but  I find us starting to chat about random things, things that we may have let slide to the sidelines if we weren’t taking time to work out together.  Another reason why I love my awesomemest of awesome husband.

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Day 1

My husband jumped on board with the program, which is nice.  It’s fun to have someone to do this with.  This morning we did our stretches and the exercises.  We’re both wobbly and it’s very clear that our core is weak.

I did find a super sexy recipe for Kale Salad with coconut and sesame oil. http://www.shutterbean.com/kale-salad-toasted-coconut-sesame-oil/#more-9914

Our biggest problem is making food interesting.  I was reading in the Fit 2 Fat 2 Fit site that healing your liver is part of the process of increasing your metabolism, it was stated somewhere in there that you need to remove sugar substitutes from your diet.  I’m huge on splenda and I don’t quite know how I’m going to do that, but we’ll see.  It’s one day at a time and I’m not going to let that overwhelm the process.

…and the journey begins

On my 39th birthday I decided that I wanted to be fitt”er” by 40, that summer my husband and I started working out with a trainer.  My trainer was an assigned one from 24hr fitness named Alberto. Alberto was a magnificent trainer for a variety of reasons.  Mostly, Alberto cared, he cared about his job, he cared about educating people about being healthy, he cared about explaining what the exercises he was teaching and how they affected your body, he cared about me, and that’s what made him great.  Whether I paid him for his advice or not, if he saw me in the gym his tips and advice came without a price tag.  Our arrangement was pretty simple, I would get with him once a month and he would give me a routine, show me the exercises, assign the reps and I would do all the work.  This was working really great. I felt a difference, a tremendous difference.  It worked for about 4 months, then a spiraling descent back into the same old habits occurred.  It was no one’s fault but my own.  Eating and reverting to bad habits was a creature comfort for me in dealing with stress and I welcomed that comfort with open arms and an open mouth.

 

Fast forward to last week…

 

At this point my husband and I transitioned to a new city for a new job.  In our apartment community we have a Trophy gym.  Trophy offers a one time personal training session and I decided to take advantage of it.  I manage to stave off the millions of excuses as to why I should just cancel my 7:00am appointment and I show up to meet with a very perky and personal trainer.  She took me through a slew of assessment exercises and had me do a circuit run twice.  She was very thorough and she explained that she could absolutely help me achieve my goal.  For the record, my goal is to lose 30 pounds of fat and gain at least 10 pounds of muscle by October.

 

I had no doubt that she had value and that should could bring value to my workouts.

 

However, what she wanted was for her clients to meet with her twice a week, she felt it wouldn’t be beneficial to meet less than that.  I left it at that, I didn’t ask her if she could do any other arrangement because in our session it became abundantly clear that this was her business and she needed to make sure she was going to get paid for her information and I understand that completely.  I get being paid for your value.  I understand that she’s put far more into what she does than I can even imagine, but, I couldn’t afford her.  That left me feeling a bit depressed about my goal to lose fat and gain muscle.  The more I thought about it, the more I wasn’t going to let that stop me.  I have a good education from Alberto.  He left me with a plethora of knowledge about what I needed to do to get there.  I just have to figure out how to develop a routine that’s right for me.  So I took action.  I know that I’m not the first person that couldn’t afford to pay a trainer but wanted to get in shape, so how did those people do it?  I jumped online and onto old faithful (Google).  I typed in “How to go from fat to fit”.  Someone has to have some tips…

 

Drew Manning

 

is what I found.  If you don’t know who Drew Manning is, he’s a personal trainer that has been fit his entire life, that decided to go from fit to fat to fit again.  While he is an inspiration, what’s more valuable to me is that he is documenting it all. From workouts for men and women, to menus and recipes.  It’s a plethora of information for FREE.  It’s meant to help people, just like me, that have the initiative and the drive and just need the information.  I just have to do the work and I have to ensure I’m doing the exercises correctly to not injure myself.

I’m ready.

Tomorrow morning begins the first day of his workout routines and I’m so ridiculously stoked!