I did something Monday I did not think I would do a month ago. When I started this journey I thought I could manage to walk and eventually do any strength training at home. We have equipment so it’s possible.
I bought the Jillian Michaels Shred video and tried it. I set goals for 2x a week of strength training.
But it wasn’t working. I wasn’t getting it done.
Then I upped my running a little last Thursday. Not much from the previous time, just a couple minutes.
And then it happened. My knees hurt for several days. I was concerned and started doing some research.
I need to incorporate weight training so I can strengthen my legs. It is the only way the running thing is going to happen. For now I am backing off the running for a few weeks and focusing on strengthening my lower body.
Over the weekend we got a flyer for a new gym that opened a couple of miles from the house and thought it might be something to look at.
I mentioned to Mike at breakfast Monday morning that I was thinking about hiring a trainer for a month or so to help me get a program together. I also mentioned the flyer for the gym wondering if they had personal trainers. Since we were eating at the restaurant in the same shopping center we decided to pop in and check it out.
We already belong to a gym that Mike goes to and we have a family membership. I have been once. I didn’t really love it there. And they do not have trainers, so I would need to go somewhere else.
We visited YouFit, and there was something that felt right immediately about the place. It’s bright and cute (eve though there is a lot of barney purple). It’s very simple without a lot of fancy extras. Right now for me that is okay. I signed up ($10 down/$10 month) and asked to talk to a personal trainer.
I explained what I was looking for in personal trainer and signed up for 2x a week for 6 weeks.
I have done personal training twice in my life. The first was a really good experience with a trainer that is still my friend, Michelle.
The second experience was miserable and made me swear I would never again work with a trainer and made me hate the gym. If you would have told me I would be considering this a month ago, I would have laughed like a crazy person.
Here is the difference though, in the past I didn’t really go into training with any real goals besides losing weight.
This time I am going in with specific goals in mind that don’t have a lot to do with weight loss. I know the weight loss will take care of itself with all the other things I am doing. This is about achieving my goals of running and gaining strength.
Tuesday was with my first session with my trainer and it went great. I could still move the next day. I was glad I could do almost everything she threw at me only having trouble with one exercise. I go back tonight for my 2nd workout. I have a feeling she will be tougher on me tonight.