Friday, August 8, 2008

Just call me Jane

My body started to betray me about a year ago.

I started having a harder time controlling the mid-life mid-section.


I have had my ups and downs with weight and flabby sections, but nothing too extreme. I have always worked out, but inconsistent at best.

Participating in The Weight-Loss Warriors Challenge over the last year really helped. Unfortunately, the rest of my life challenges took their toll, and I am back to square one. I keep a pretty decent diet, but no real working out. I do take the stairs at the hospital twice a week and swim a bit with the kids, but other than that...zilch. Staying up late is part of the problem too, but it is a tough habit to break.

In July, I enjoyed chatting with my son's swim teacher. She is about 10 years younger than me, has two kids similar ages to mine, teaches high school AP sciences nearby, and is a personal trainer.

Did I mention she was cute and buff? Thank goodness she is super down-to-earth or I would develop a terrible case of self-conscienceness quickly!

This morning we met for a session. Our kids played great in the playroom and I got an hour of her time for $30!! She said my diet was not too far off and made some easy-to-implement suggestions. Stuff I know, but it is good to be reminded! She took me through some cardio and an upper body workout. We are doing lower body next week. I love her philosophy on working out because, like me, she is a mom of two young kids and totally understands that I need efficient w/o's. She was really helpful about showing me exercises that address multiple areas at once.

I hope I can lift my arms tomorrow!

We will probably meet once a week for a short while so she can show me ways to address all areas. After that, I am good on my own. I have never tried a personal trainer before because they are usually at least twice what she is charging me.

I think we are a good match. Who knows, maybe we can even develop a friendship. They moved here 2 years ago and she relates to having a hard time getting connected and all that goes with it.

So everyone, suck in your tummies, and let's get started together!



Jennifer H. said...

Umm . . . I am jealous. What an awesome price. Keep us posted!!

Jennifer said...

I can so relate. I am sick about my weight. And as much as I know I need to get serious, I can't quit eating the junk food nor manage to exercise like I need to. I was doing ok with one of the online challenges last year, but I didn't stick with it then either. I really NEED to get serious before it gets even harder. Maybe I need a personal trainer!
Hope all goes well, you get what you desire from the exercise, and you end up with a great friend as a bonus!

Jennifer said...

good for you! I can't wait to hear about your changes!

Jenna said...

I have given up trying this summer. My life is so crazy right now. It will have to wait until school starts. I am so ready to start. I despise my body right now.

Lani ~ The Wooden Porch said...

I need that so badly! That is so awesome! I've fallen off the eating healthy wagon and it seems like all I want to eat (and do) is major junk food. Does Diet Coke and Peanut M&M's count as a balanced meal?