Friday, August 31, 2012

More trainer talk

Had a great workout today!

I love working with this trainer that I found.  This was my second (and probably final) workout with him.  The "gym" (I say it loosely because they aren't a full gym where you can go workout anytime; they only do personal training) had a special where you could buy two trial sessions for a low price.

Anyway, this guy is fantastic!  He really knows what he's doing. He really pushes me just outside my comfort zone but not so much that I want to give up.  He only has you do each exercise, rather than doing 3 sets of an exercise, you just do that exercise once and you are done. But don't go thinking that it's still easy. Oh no!  Even though you only do one set of squats, he still makes you work those quads in other ways!  My legs felt like jell-o and I swear my arms were going to fall off, but it was GREAT!

The sad part though is the cost. It's like paying another mortgage! I'm a stay-at-home-mom so there is very little wiggle room in the budget!  As it is we're probably going to have to give up our much-anticipated Disney trip at Thanksgiving because the budget just isn't going to allow for it. It's a real bummer because Hubs has four weeks of vacation during the year and he's yet to take any of it because work has been too stressful with a project deadline.  Things should start to settle down for him a bit though, which is great but now that he'll have the time to take, we probably won't have the funds.

D (the trainer) told me today that he would hate for me to leave the gym with my head down thinking that this is all well and great, but I can't afford it (which I can't). He said that they would try to work with me on a lower cost...they are more concerned about having a happy ending than the money.  We'll see about that!  I do have 2 more sessions scheduled for next week. I told him I would really go over the budget again with a fine-toothed comb and see what I can tweak (truth be told, I've already been doing that -hoping to surprise Hubs with the Disney trip - don't tell him. And Honey, forget you read that!).

Now, what about trainer #2 that I had waiting in the wings?  You know, the one that is having surgery?  Well, I haven't heard from him in the last day or so to make our appointment to meet. I'm hoping he'll write me in the next day or so so we can get something on the calendar.

No matter what happens though, I am committed!  I'm going to do this...I hate that I've gained back 1/2 of what I lost, but I'm letting it go and starting fresh. I'm not going to gain any more and I will get back into healthy eating and being more active!

Thursday, August 30, 2012


Have you played the "with friends" games on your phone, ipad, and/or Facebook?

Do you know what those games do for me? 

Absolutely nothing. 

Well, that's not entirely true. They do something...they make me laugh and put my confidence level right into the toilet!  Seriously. Most of the time I can't win. I have one friend that I play with who kicks. my. you-know-what. every time we play! Sure, I've beaten him once or twice...I swear it was a pity loss on his part!  And the one time I had a good lead on him - he came back and skunked me! When I play with this person, I swear the game knows I suck so it just gives me all vowels or all consonants just to rub it in some more. No joke. 

I have another person I play with who we're on par with each other's abilities but she always wins. OK. Not always, but most of the time. 

Then I play with my mother. Sure, it felt great to kick her butt at first (sorry Ma!) but now that she's become a seasoned player, I'm back to losing. 

I also play the other game there that scrambles the letters and you have to find as many words as you can. Yup. Same deal there. I usually just laugh because it's just too funny how horrible I am with those games but I still play anyway. The day Mom started playing though, I was happy...I beat her...big time. Then I taught her a few tricks and I'm back in the losers seat. What can I say?  I'm just not good at playing these games. I play anyway because I like games and it makes me laugh at how horrible I am. 

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Hump day

Happy Hump Day!

So, I'm a little late with writing's still Wednesday!

I'm feeling a little more relieved about getting a trainer. I had a few more email conversations with the one trainer I mentioned yesterday - seems he may pan out just fine. We are working out a meet time.  Probably won't be until next week, but that's just fine.  I still have my one workout left with the other trainer...that should be on Friday so over the weekend I will be in pain, thus will be reminded not to eat! HA!

That's all I have for right now. I'm not thinking about much other than getting the school year started (our schools start after Labor Day)....once school is in, it's all about ME! Until then though, I am going to continue making better choices all while enjoying the last bit of summer with my kidlets.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Where does the time go?

What a month!  I've been busy with birthday parties, mini-vacation and being a den escort for my son's Cub Scout Camp. I'm just coming back to reality and realizing that I've been neglecting myself and my little blog. What else is new, right?

Anyway, the search for a trainer continues. I did meet with the trainer as I said in my last post. He was terrific!  I hurt for days - just as it should be!  Loved it!  I have one more meeting with him this week but sadly that will be all. Unfortunately it's like having another mortgage payment!  The price is something like 1700$ for 20 sessions. It would take me nearly 6 weeks to get through 20 sessions!  I can't keep that kind of funds up!

I called another place in town and have been back-and-forth on the email with the trainer there. She is a bit cheaper, but there is just no way I can sustain life with spending huge amounts of money on training.

Fear not though!  I have a third (potential) option!  My neighbor has been working with a man who runs a local boot camp. She said he does do some personal training so I contacted him to see what he has to offer. He finally got back to me saying he is a bit nervous about taking me on only because he's having surgery in six weeks and doesn't know how long he's going to be "down" for. Anyway, we are trying to work something out on that end so hopefully I will have a trainer soon!

I'm also looking for a gym. I don't want to spend a ton of money (clearly) and I don't want to feel like a whale in a meat market. I know that's harsh on myself, but it's how I feel. I did the whole being made fun of thing in one gym and just don't want to have that happen again!  So, the search continues. I was told about a little gym that I completely forgot about today; I'll give them a call tomorrow.

I'm working on it. I'm going to get right back onto plan and am setting my goal at 45 pounds gone by Christmas. The only way that will happen though is if I get my butt back into the gym!  My plan for that is my little guy is starting preschool soon so I'll have 3 hours of ME time...that will be time spent in the gym!  OK, maybe not the whole 3 hours, but I will certainly work back up to my 90 minute sessions! If I can do that  and have training a few days a week, I'll be right back to where I was (and less) by Christmas!

Friday, August 10, 2012

A quickie

Thought I would pop in for a quick update.

I saw the Doctor at Dana Farber on Wednesday and received some really good news!  I am "graduating" to a 6 month check up rather than every 3 months. Everything has been stable and so long as it stays that way over the next 3-4 years, he'll consider moving me to a yearly check up. I couldn't have been happier! (and here are some posts relating to what I am referring to incase you missed them)

Part one
Part two
What it all means

The sad news is that I can't fit into my jeans. So, I hired a personal trainer!  I am going "balls to the wall". Enough is enough. I want my health!

Will be back late next week after my mini vacation with an update about the personal training.