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Personal training saga continues...

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Well, one of these days I am going to get to see a personal trainer! I already took the first step and left my number for someone to call me. That was HUGE for me. I kept having all of these stupid messages run through my mind like: "they are going to roll their eyes at the fat girl asking for help" "nobody is going to want to work with the fat girl". Keep in mind I am seeking personal training on a military base where it is FREE (praise GOD) and they mostly see young, fit and trim airmen (at least I think that's what they do- I am probably wrong about that too). But I did it and it felt like a huge relief!

They called this afternoon and I got a chance to talk with them for a bit. I go in tomorrow and fill out a questionaire and then a personal trainer will create a strength training program for me. Then I make an appointment for the personal trainer to go over it with me. I guess I will also be working with a personal trainer -in training-... someone who is studying to be a certified personal trainer. The "real" personal trainer will be training the "wannabe" personal trainer.

I asked the question if I was able to state that there were certain exercises I could not do due to joint issues. She said that yes, there was a spot on the form for that, but I would have to get a Dr's note in order to begin the actual workout sessions. The earliest I can be seen is Nov. 13th. Shooooot. I was hoping to start earlier but at least I got the ball rolling on this.

My hesitation with doing this whole personal training thing is that I will be held accountable by other people. In the past this has been a huge downfall of mine. I don't know what it is??? The pressure leads to emotional eating??? I have been a part of SOOOOO many weightloss support groups in the past 13 yrs and I do best when I have no one to answer to but myself. Maybe I can tell them that the only service I want is an initial "plan" and when I feel like I want to advance or change it up I will contact them. I hope they don't want to track my weight and inches and stuff... We'll see how it goes!!!
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    Congratulations! When I started my personal training, I too thought that I wanted to start out with an initial plan, and then be sent on my way to do my plan on my own. Now I think of how much I would have missed out on! Most of my personal training is focused not just on becoming stronger, but retraining my brain to use my muscles correctly. So much of my motion was using my muscles wrong, I'm re-learning how to move efficiently by strengthening muscles I never knew I had. You're so fortunate to have free training! I'm about to go broke paying for mine, but it's an investment in my health, so it's worth it.

    I was really self-conscious about being the fat girl in the weight room before I started. From my first day, I realized I was so focused on doing the exercises that I couldn't even pay attention to whether there was anyone looking at me. I also was really self concious about my trainer feeling my muscles to make sure the right ones are engaged (mostly because my muscles are covered by a generous layer of fat), but again, I've gotten over that because I'm working so hard on the exercises that I have no energy left for being self conscious.

    Anyhow, sorry for the long rambling, I just wanted to let you know I relate to your anxiety but am really enjoying my training sessions now. Good luck and I hope that you find personal training to be as helpful as I do!
    4253 days ago
    good luck
    4253 days ago
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