Yesterday my body was tired. I guess that is to be expected when you go from nearly no activity what-so-ever to multiple days of 45-60 minutes of cardio, and a weight session thrown in for good measure. The day had to be spent on my couch. I was able to keep my eating in check - even going so far as to cut my baked potato in half (shout out to FC....good memories!)!!! I knew today was going to be a challenge, so I tried not to feel too guilty for being a slacker.
Today I had my second "Fit U" appointment with YC (Young Craig). I have discovered that working with someone so young does have it's advantages. He hasn't worked with a lot of severely overweight people, so I don't think he has any preconceived notions of what we can and can't do. He has been an athlete his entire life, and up until 2 months ago was doing strength and conditioning with the football players at his old college. In a nutshell: he isn't going to taper the workouts down to fit what he thinks might be the right amount for a fatty to do. He made that evident today when he had me doing lunges with a ball over my head. Dude! I have enough resistance just trying to get this body up and down! Now you want me to hold an 8# ball above my head (P.S. I have NO upper body strength...which makes this even more of a challenge) and lunge!?!? You must be out of your mind! But I did it, and I could do it! Granted, I probably won't be able to walk tomorrow, but I'll worry about that later.
So here is the thing about forgetfulness - I forget how great it feels to finish a hard workout. I forget how amazing that slightly fatigued feeling is. I forget how proud you can be of yourself for finishing something you weren't sure you could when you started. Why is it that these same selective memory skills cannot be used where pizza is concerned? I have never forgotten how much I love pizza - how good it tastes, how much I love cheese, the deliciousness that is thinly sliced cured meats. What is that really about?!?! I can so easily forget these feelings of accomplishment and being strong, but cannot get the memory of pizza out of my mind! I can actually taste it if I think about it for a minute! My brain, which protects me in so many ways, is really putting the screws to me on this one!
In order to help combat my tendency to forget, I have decided to purchase YC's services for the next few months. My current gym offers 1/2 hour sessions for only $20/session (even less when you buy them in packages). I will be signing up to work with YC every 2 weeks (I will have to do the weights on my own in between our sessions) for the next few months, and see where it goes from there. We had to have a small talk today about our working relationship, and guidelines. I had to ask him if he was sure he was ready to deal with me. I told him I am going to do whatever he tells me to do, to the best of my ability, with a minimum of complaining (we both hate whining). He is in charge of making sure I don't hurt myself, and can't be afraid to correct me when I am messing up. I told him eventually there will be a bit of babysitting involved (right now I am able to self-motivate, but know the day is coming when I won't want to do it). I don't need or want a cheerleader (one "you can do it!!" would probably earn him a dumb bell to the head!), and he doesn't appear to be the type. He has agreed to not yell at me until I cry, and then want to talk about feelings (similar to the Jillian Michaels approach from the Biggest Loser). All in all, I think we are set for success! YC and I are going to be unstoppable!(hopefully =))
What are your personal trainer guidelines? Or what would they be if you had a personal trainer?