Friday, April 08, 2011

I Have a Personal Trainer - Chapter Four

Chapter One
Chapter Two
Chapter Three

In between me having the stomach bug, then Trainer Sarah getting sick, then me coming down with a sore throat (but not strep! thankfully), my personal training sessions have been a bit sporadic lately.

But today was the big day.  Weigh-in and measurements.

Let me just put it this way:  (in Alison Sweeney's voice) I am sorry to tell you that I am NOT the Biggest Loser.

The Bad:

In 7 weeks, I only lost 4 pounds.
(Trainer Sarah said it could have/should have been like 15!)

The Good(ish):

I lost 1 inch from my abs.
I lost 1 inch from my hips.
I lost 3/4 inches from my waist.
My body fat went down 3.7%.  (But I still need to get it down another 3%.)


I'm not that surprised.  Disappointed in myself, yes.  But how could I expect anything different when I certainly didn't give it my all?

I do, however, feel like I finally have the exercise where I want it.  My workout schedule, if executed perfectly, is:

Monday - train with Sarah 5-6am
Tuesday - stationary bike in morning for 30 minutes (or Jillian's Shred); Pilates class 7-8pm
Wednesday - morning run with Kristy (usually 4 miles)
Thursday - morning run with Kristy (4 miles); Butts & Guts class 7-8pm
Friday - train with Sarah 5-6am
Sat/Sun - at least one long run (meaning 6 miles or more)

For me, the issue is (and always has been) DIET. I.Am.Not.Consistent.


Trainer Sarah has challenged me.  We are doing another weigh-in with measurements in 2 weeks.  And then again 1 week after that.  In the meantime, I am to keep a STRICT food journal.  Writing down every.single.thing that I shove into my gob.  (Not for nothing, Trainer Sarah has been insisting I do this allllll along.  Have I been?  Ummm....see my weight loss above.)

Instead of joining Hubby and the boyz for dinner tonight at Five Guys, I am going to go grocery shopping.  Instead of making lasagna for Sunday dinner, we will probably have chicken on the grill.

Hubby could tell I was discouraged and bummed out.  It meant more than anything when he looked me in the eyes this morning and stated, "You. Can. Do. This."

I can.  And I will.

Stay tuned for my April 23rd results.


Beth said...

I started keeping a food journal at a few weeks ago. It has helped, partly because I'm too lazy to want to log anything so I just don't eat as much!

Jennifer said...

I use They have an app for the iPhone and the Blackberry (and I'm sure the Droid). It is easy to use and I've never seen a more comprehensive database of foods. Plus, it's free.

Blog Antagonist said...

I am not an expert, but I have been on this journey (I know, overused word) for a while now, and I've learned a lot about weight loss and nutrition. I think your trainer's expectations might be somewhat unrealistic. When I hit my -50lb mark, my losses became incremental, which frustrated me, since I was used to losing 3-4lbs consistently (but remember, I was significantly overweight). So I spoke with (read: whined to) my doctor about it. He had no sympathy for me, and said that he advocates losing no more than 3lbs per MONTH for optimal health and long term success.

Also, if you are working out and dieting, you are adding lean muscle, which is offsetting some of the weight loss you might see otherwise. You have to remember that when people experience big losses, they are losing not only fat, but muscle and bone mass as well.

The inches tell the real story, as does the change in your BMI. You ARE affecting positive change in your body, and doing your heart, lungs and brain a world of good as well. So be proud!! And keep up the good work.

When it comes to weight loss, slow and steady wins the race. I have been doing this for 18 months now, and hoped to be done long ago (I have 9lbs left to get to goal)but I've learned a lot about what is realistic and about setting goals that are attainable so I don't dissapoint and sabotage myself.

You can do this. :?)

The Sisters' Hood said...

Since I gained 5 lbs in the last 6 weeks (and am not pregnant) I am in awe of your loss. So you are supposed to lose a lb a week max, you didn't do too badly ... slow keeps it off so may you never evah see those 4 evah again ... feel better now?

Unknown said...

I must agree that you can do this! I do have to say that the food journal works! I am tracking everything and I have been losing, it makes you aware of what you are actually eating and gives you more control. Good luck, I know you can do it!

Melanie said...

I'm using myfitnesspal app as well. Along with she has great recipes that your 4 boys will probably eat and she includes all the important nutritional info as well. I've made at least a dozen things and they've all been delicious. I'm down 12 pounds since March 1 (but I'm 16 weeks post baby, so I've got PLENTY to lose right now). Good luck!

Rhiana said...

It's HARD to lose weight, that's so great that you have so much support though. Sounds like you're at least on the right track.

Good Luck!
(Stopping by from SITS)

Maureen said...

This may be the pregnancy hormones, mine, not yours, but what your husband said made me cry.

He's 100% right.

You can do it. That workout schedule is crazy. Crazy. Imagine your results!

Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.

Fairly Odd Mother said...

Your workout schedule is amazing! I am so very impressed at that!


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