Day 3 – Come On Baby, Make It Hurt So Good

November 3, 2010 at 10:00 pm Leave a comment

Today was Personal Trainer day.  I have bolded and italicized these words, because this was a big day for me.  This is my third shot at working with a trainer in the past 3 years. It’s also the third time in 3 years that I’ve signed up with a fitness club.

I have had success with a fitness club before.  18 years ago, when my daughter was three, I joined a women’s only club.  It worked really well for me.  I loved all of the classes, went regularly, and saw great results.  I had always been in pretty good shape, but at 31 I was in the best shape I’d ever been in.  Looking back, I realize that the gym was an escape for me.  My marriage wasn’t doing so well at that time and I probably went to the gym every night after my daughter went to bed, just so I didn’t have to spend time with my now ex-spouse.   One year later, I had my son, and because of working out prior to getting pregnant, was able to bounce back really quickly, and I stayed at my post pregnancy weight until I turned 40.

Three years ago, I signed up with the first of the next 3 fitness clubs, paid the membership, paid for 12 personal trainer sessions and as a bonus they gave me a free t-shirt.  I went for a few months, and then quit going.   I came up with loads of excuses for doing this –  it was awkward to fit in around my work schedule, as a single parent, I was taking time away from my kids to go work out, there wasn’t enough of a variety of aerobics classes available when I could go, you name it, I came up with it.

The second time I signed up with a club, I got a free gym bag.  Very nice.  Paid the year’s membership, paid for 6 personal trainer sessions, went a few months, and then quit going.  Pretty much came up with the same excuses as before.

All in all, I spent way too much money for a t-shirt and gym bag, don’t you think?

This all brings me to today.  I’ve signed up for a year gym membership, and made an appointment with a personal trainer.

This time the cycle breaks. I gave some reflection to this, and realized that despite being the heaviest I’ve ever been, I’m in a really great place in my life.  I have two great kids, wonderful supportive friends, and I’m truly happy with who I am.  Losing the extra weight, and getting fit again isn’t going to change any of this – it will add to my life, and help me enjoy it so much more.

Still feeling my sore muscles from Monday’s class, I made my way to the club to meet Deb, my personal trainer.   I had planned to take the Zumba class prior to having my one hour training session, however, after giving myself a slap upside the head, I realized that I need to pace myself.  I don’t want to injure myself overdoing it, and stop the momentum I have going.

Deb and I discussed my goals, I explained about some of my past sports injuries, and we started the session.  It was the best hour I’ve spent sweating in quite a while.   I have arranged with Deb to have a training session every other week to go over my progress and make adjustments and additions to my weight training program.  Instead of dreading my next session with a trainer, I’m looking forward to working with Deb.  Based on the last two trainers I worked with, I always used to think that personal trainers had to take a course in sado-masochism.  I know that Deb will push me to my limits to maximize my results, but I don’t feel as though she is the type of trainer I’ve had before.

Cue the John Mellancamp song – Come on Baby, make it hurt so good…..

Confession for today Leaving the Halloween Candy out in full view, as a perverse motivation tool for me?  Not so good. Today I ate two small tootsie rolls.  But stopping at two is a victory for me.  Before I started this journey, I would have had WAY more than that.  I hid the wrappers way down at the bottom of the garbage, so unless my son reads this, he won’t know.  I’m not going to beat myself up over this though.  My weight loss and fitness journey is not a sprint, and I’m not a saint. I’m going to treat myself once in a while.  By the way, I did tell my son I ate the candy, and asked him to get rid of it for me.

Food diary for Day 3

This week has been a bit of a haphazard balancing of proteins, carbs and fruits and vegetables.  I will be starting to follow my nutrition programme on Sunday, and will share some of the recipes with you as I go along.  I will also list the calories, protein, carbs, etc., in each one.

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Breakfast –  1 cup of Special K with red berries (yum!) and 1/2 cup 1% milk

Snack – banana

Lunch – egg white omelete with light cheese and fat free ham, 8 oz of salad – cucumber, grape tomatoes and red peppers, 1 cup raspberries

Snack – banana

Dinner – 3 oz baked chicken, with 1 tsp teriyaki sauce, 8 oz vegetables

Snack – fat free jello

Workout diary for Day 3

1 hour personal trainer – weight training

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