On my last trip to the doctor’s office both my blood pressure and weight were up. I was appalled. Not only had I gained back the weight I’d lost last summer, I’d added to it. Even worse, on my visit summary I read “the patient [me] is mildly obese.” I couldn’t believe it.
I knew I’d gained weight in Spain. The thing was, it didn’t come off when we got home– despite running, walking and biking on a regular basis. My daughter said, “You need to move some weight, too, Mom.” My husband said, “You need to eat less.” You can imagine the side eye that was sent Rick’s way, hahaha.
About that time a sponsored post for a local gym with a good reputation popped up on Facebook. They offered a reduced rate plus a nutrition and fitness evaluation. Years ago, I had a bad experience with a personal trainer but despite my misgivings I decided to sign up. Here’s why:
The weight loss wasn’t happening. I’d increased my activity level, and while I didn’t expect the weight to roll off of me like it would have 15 – 20 years ago, I did expect some weight loss. The trainer gave me a nutrition plan that encompassed twice as much protein and a lot less fat, carbs and at least 400 calories less than I had been eating. Rick’s not around so I’ll confess that I’m guessing about the calories because I didn’t start tracking my intake until two weeks later.
The shoulder discomfort I’d been trying to ignore was getting worse. I was limited in the amount of weight I could lift without pain and had lost some range of motion, which made things like push ups and some yoga moves difficult. This was of concern to me for reasons listed in this post. Thanks to the trainer’s expertise, we’re able to work the surrounding muscles without adding stress to the shoulder joint.
I was able to make some strength gains on my own, but I wanted to do more. I found out the very first session that I was nowhere near as strong as I’d thought. It took all I had to shower and change my clothes afterwards. I could barely lift my arms to drive home! The first week was very humbling, but the trainer assured me I was doing well and he appreciated how hard I was working. I felt a little guilty about the side eyes that had been sent his way…
A neutral party was needed. Don’t get me wrong, my husband is no couch potato but he has his own way of doing things that works for him and he doesn’t have the certification or expertise to help with my shoulder. While my daughter does have the certification and could train me, she isn’t available during the day and prefers to work with athletes. It’s better to have a third party tell me things I don’t want to hear about my diet or call me “Buttercup” in order to “encourage” me through a tough set.
A friend’s unknowing endorsement. You know how Facebook will show when a friend likes a page? A woman I used to babysit was one of the friends listed. I don’t see her often, and didn’t know she was working out, but the last time I ran into her she looked fabulous!
These are the reasons why I decided to hire a personal trainer and I don’t regret it. I have three sessions a week with him and I do my regular walking, jogging and biking in between. I wish I could say the weight is just dropping off me, but it’s not. It wasn’t until I committed to eating as recommended that I started to see a regular drop in weight; about a pound a week. I am losing inches and gaining a lot of strength, though. I’ve found I really enjoy the challenge and seeing an improvement every week.
Have you used a personal trainer before? How did it work out? Would you do it again?