Hey, Dragons! Happy New Year! Last night, my husband and I had our first session with our new personal trainer. Not only was it exciting because we’re taking the first steps in changing our fitness levels, but he made the whole experience fun for us. He focuses on suspension training, which uses TRX bands and body weight to do the exercise movements. It is exactly the kind of workout I was hoping for, and I’m already looking forward to our next session.
The first session was mostly an assessment to see what our fitness level was and to check for any weaknesses in joints or other body parts that may be an issue. He also spent some time talking to us about what things we would need to do to not just “get fit” but to work towards a fitness lifestyle. He talked about not trying to change everything at once. He talked about building in accountability. He talked about making good choices so that when we do have cheat days, we don’t go crazy. One of the things he was trying to create with his studio is an environment where people feel excited about working out and looked forward to the chance to get fit. So, basically, he talked about gradual changes, accountability, moderation, and enthusiasm. Does that sound familiar?
The techniques are nothing new, but the accountability I’ve been working with has not been enough. First of all, my husband and I are now on a similar path. It’s always easier when both members of a couple are watching for the same things and supporting each other. But now, I’m paying someone to keep me on track. I don’t want to waste that opportunity, so the accountability is at a higher level. It’s going to be harder for me to find the loopholes that allow me to fall off the wagon.
One of the tools our trainer is asking us to use is an app called MyFitnessPal. It’s a calorie counter app that he wants us to use to keep track of what we eat. This means I’m not going to really be accountable for my dietary choices. It’s a terrifying idea, but it’s exciting, too. He stresses that it’s not about food shaming or, as he joked, “only eating lettuce and air.” He wants us to understand what we’re eating and what our decisions mean to our overall calorie consumption.
One of the things I’ve started doing since of our initial meeting with him is trying to eat breakfast before I leave in the morning instead of once I get to school (which can be as much as 2 hours later). He wants us to get our metabolism going at the beginning of the day. My problem is, I’ve already added 10 minutes to my routine by using the Headspace App to meditate each morning. Adding another 15 minutes of food prep and consumption (it’s not advisable to eat yogurt while you drive) usually adds another 30 minutes to my commute. So, I’m looking for ways to give myself easy grab-and-go meals in the morning so I can eat (or more accurately, drink) my breakfast as I drive in.
One resource I found was the Fit Couple Cooks YouTube channel. I’ve only watched a few of their videos, but one of the things I love about them is that they talk about nutritional guides on food, and a lot of their videos seem to talk about what you should, and shouldn’t be looking for when you shop. They also do a lot of meal prep videos and considering food prep is one of the biggest obstacles to eating healthy for me, I’m excited to dive deep into their channel for some great food prep tips.
With the new year starting, I’m trying to develop new habits and new mindsets. Our trainer didn’t tell us anything we didn’t already know, but he’s providing an additional layer of accountability and guiding us towards tools that add even more layers. I’m excited about the new path we’re taking, and I’m looking forward to sharing any new tricks and tips I get along the way.
What are your goals for this week? Let me know! If you want to follow me on a more regular basis, if you need someone to be accountable to, or if you want to share your own journey, you can reply to this post or you can follow me on twitter @EpicGrays. Until next time, remember to #WorkOutNerdOut!