Weight Loss, Food and the Personal Trainer

So, I’ve discovered something about myself.


No, it’s not that I dislike working with a personal trainer. I am sticking with Maddie and though I’m not seeing or feeling results, I know I will simply because now that I’m moving my body there will be results. And, I wasn’t silly enough to think that I would see results in days. I probably won’t see results for quite a few weeks – it’s how my body works and is built.

No, what I’ve learned about myself is that I love food.

I watch the Food Network and Cooking channel regularly.

No wonder I’m overweight!


Not only do I snack, a lot, I watch shows about food and cooking – which in turn make me think I’m hungry so I snack more.

Therefore, resolved today: I will exchange the watching of Food Network and Cooking channel to ESPN or Fitness channels.


Because it makes sense that if I’m watching people being active I will tend to be more active.


In the meantime, I’ve considered taking up bowling again. It’s a sport I’m good at and I used to enjoy.

So today I’m heading to the local bowling alley to see how well I do. I’m also going to inquire about joining a league.

Working with A Personal Trainer

And our first day was today. Early this morning. 6 am. Not early enough for me, but she just wouldn’t add a 5 am session to her schedule.

I’ve worked out at the YMCA for about 2 years – off and on. And that’s the problem. It’s an off and on relationship based on workout buddies that pooped out on me after a month, two months, one time after a week. I’m good on my own for about 2 weeks and then I find an excuse to stop. Why? The workout buddy kept me interested with conversation. And I could encourage her while she encouraged me. Left to my own devices I got bored. Hey, I can walk forever but if there’s nothing to see in terms of landscape, people, architecture or farm animals than the walk is pointless to me.

Then I hired a personal trainer at the Y. She was good. I asked for a workout to help me lose weight and to get strong (no upper body strength in this woman). We worked with Cybex equipment and the treadmill. I didn’t see a change in my body weight, but I felt a bit stronger after two months. Then I couldn’t afford the trainer and my workout buddy stopped coming to the Y.

This time is different.

I stopped my YMCA membership.

I joined Anytime Fitness.

I hired a personal trainer for 12 sessions of 30 minutes each.

We worked with free weights and resistance.

I could feel the workout in my body as I did the sets.

We’ll be meeting Monday and Friday morning.

I’m to come 30 minutes early (suits my schedule anyway) and do cardio – treadmill is fine for now, can easily go to stationery bike. Then she’ll come get me and we’ll do our 30 minutes.

On Tuesday morning I joined a group of women in spin class. I survived. Actually, I more than survived. I’m ready to go back.

On Wednesday morning I’m to do cardio workout – 30 to 40 minutes.

On Thursday morning I can take a break or do cardio workout.

On Saturday and Sunday morning I’m to do cardio workout in preparation of Monday with the trainer.

After a few weeks I can do the free weights on my own – I’m not to try them on my own until she says I’m ready.

I can say, in all honesty, that this time is different and I’m looking forward to seeing the changes in my body after 6 weeks.