Adventures in Exercising

Life has been kind of crazy and I haven’t written any posts in awhile.  As usual, Heidi has kept the blog going strong in the meantime.

I thought for this post, I would catch everyone up on my pursuits to be a regular exerciser.  First, I finally ended my sessions with my trainer.  I have been seeing him since last fall.  It was a VERY expensive experiment.  He is a good trainer, as far as they go, but I would give this experiment mixed reviews.  The good: he definitely pushed me physically further than I thought I could go.  I think in terms of helping me understand that I really am capable of more than I thought, the training was useful.  Having said that, the negative is that training is really only a piece of the puzzle.  You still have to eat right and exercise on your own.  I could not afford to have more than 1 or 2 sessions a week.  So, it was more to check in then to actually work me out regularly.  I had weeks when I was not eating as well as I should, and the training sessions felt like a complete waste of money because I wasn’t doing my part outside of training.

I finally decided that it was too expensive to pay for something that really was not getting at the core of my areas of improvement.  So, I quit.

I am feeling good about it so far.  The key is that exercise has to be a habit and you really can’t buy this, it has to come from within.

Now, the focus is to find enjoyable ways to exercise.  I try to shoot hoops (when it isn’t too hot), swim, ride my bike (I’ll post about this later.  Yes, I bought a very basic cruiser), play Xbox (yep, bought that too recently – maybe all this spending is why I can’t afford my trainer?), and basically find ways to get exercise that doesn’t feel like exercise.

So, that’s it for now.  More to come later…

Life has been kind of crazy and I haven't written any posts in awhile.  As usual, Heidi has kept the blog going strong in the meantime. I thought for this post, I would catch everyone up on my pursuits to be a regular exerciser.  First, I finally ended my sessions with my trainer.  I have … Continue reading Adventures in Exercising

The Colony Shoreline Trail

For those of you in the Frisco or The Colony area, I have discovered a cool walking trail. It’s called The Colony Shoreline Trail and extends 3.5 miles. It’s a primarily dirt trail with mile markers and benches along the way. I went this morning and it was just gorgeous – birds flying overhead, sun shining, breeze blowing. If you need a break from your normal exercise routine or just need some time in nature, find your way to The Colony. Just drive to the west end of North Colony Road.


   

For those of you in the Frisco or The Colony area, I have discovered a cool walking trail. It's called The Colony Shoreline Trail and extends 3.5 miles. It's a primarily dirt trail with mile markers and benches along the way. I went this morning and it was just gorgeous - birds flying overhead, sun shining, … Continue reading The Colony Shoreline Trail

MyFitnessPal Can Be Your Fitness Pal

I wanted to share my great experience with MyFitnessPal.com.  If you haven’t used it before, it is a great place to keep track of your food every day.  Also, there are fantastic forums where people are very active in posting and supporting each other.  There is a great discussion forum for success stories where every day, people are posting new stories and pictures of their weight loss success.

In fact, the discussion forums are one of the greatest aspects of this site.  First, there are tons of topics in the forums, so whatever helps you identify with others, you can probably find people like you on the site.  Second, people are very supportive of each other.  You can easily make friends with people you’ve never met before and support each other on your journey to health.

I also am glad that all of the food that I’ve wanted to track is in the database.  Sometimes on other sites when I want to add something that is not very common (like Whole Foods’white bean and kale soup), it won’t exist on a site, but since this database lets members add foods and then make them public, I’ve been able to find pretty much everything I eat.

And, it is all free.

I’ve heard it has a great app for your droid, too, but I haven’t tried that (still working the Blackberry).

So, check it out!

 

I wanted to share my great experience with MyFitnessPal.com.  If you haven't used it before, it is a great place to keep track of your food every day.  Also, there are fantastic forums where people are very active in posting and supporting each other.  There is a great discussion forum for success stories where every … Continue reading MyFitnessPal Can Be Your Fitness Pal

Need Advice – Is A Trainer A Must-Have For Weight-Loss?

So, I hired a trainer for 24 sessions about 10 weeks ago.  We’ve been meeting twice per week and my pre-paid sessions are almost up.  I’ve gone through some definite physical changes since working with him.  First, I’ve never in my life felt so much muscular pain – and not just once, but time and time again.  He takes me to a level that I don’t think I can possibly reach, and then he pushes me to go farther.  I’ve definitely learned a lot about myself physically and what I am capable of.  Also, I am absolutely stronger and more nimble than I used to be.  Muscles that have never been pushed (and barely used for that matter) have been woken up and overall I know I’m stronger than I used to be.

However, what is interesting is the training didn’t exactly cause me to lose weight, which was the goal.  I found that weeks where I push myself at the gym (and get in the requisite cardio sessions on my own that my trainer assigns me as homework), that my weight doesn’t change at all if I am not eating well.  Yet, if I am eating according to my whole foods, zero processed, healthy eating plan, the scale will move, even if my work-outs have not been great.

This leads me to believe that food is 80% of the battle, and exercise is the icing on top.  I’m curious what others think.  Either way, my sessions are almost completed and my trainer of course wants me to continue.  I’m thinking about the cost and weighing that against the fact that I don’t think the training is actually getting me a ton of results on the scale.  Any advice?

So, I hired a trainer for 24 sessions about 10 weeks ago.  We've been meeting twice per week and my pre-paid sessions are almost up.  I've gone through some definite physical changes since working with him.  First, I've never in my life felt so much muscular pain - and not just once, but time and … Continue reading Need Advice – Is A Trainer A Must-Have For Weight-Loss?

Exercise – My Four Letter Word

Ah, exercise. It is on almost every to-do list that I make and every New Year’s resolution (NYR) to exercise more. I am finally having a little success in that department and thought I’d share what I’ve been learning.

This year, I decided I needed to start my NYRs a little early so I began in December. I did all the things they tell you to do – I carved out specific parts of my day, blocked it off, and made specific goals (e.g., walk 1 hour, swim laps 45 min, etc.). Now, I have done all of these things before but after a few weeks, something seems to happen, whether it is a family emergency, crazy work week, or getting sick, that seems to stall my progress. This time was no different. About three weeks into my regime, several events collided and killed my workout week. I went from working out 4 times a week to once that week. I was so disappointed. I felt like it was the same old, same old and my streak was over.

This time I did something a little bit differently, however. This time, when my new week rolled around, I started again. Now to those of you who are good at follow through, this seems like an obvious statement. And in other areas of my life, I have learned to start again when I get off track but I am rarely good at doing that with exercise. But I started again and because the week before’s craziness was still bleeding into my new week, I only got to the gym 2x that week – but that was 2x more than I would have. And now I am back on track. My goal is to work out 5x times this week and with this morning’s workout under my belt, I am 2/5ths the way there.

Another lesson I have learned is that I need to find ways to make working out fun so I vary my workouts (walking, weights, swimming, outdoor walking, etc.), downloaded good music, workout in my favorite part of my gym, and discovered Nike Boom. If you haven’t checked it out, you need to. According to itunes, Nike BOOM syncs your music to your dynamic training workouts, with the world’s most elite athletes and coaches motivating you along the way. Choose your type of workout, length of training, best workout music and favorite Nike athletes—then get to work.” It’s awesome to have athletes with accents cheering me along. 😉 Don’t worry, it’s also an android app and is free!

These things seem to be helping. Last night, I read in my FranklinCovey planner a quote that said something to the effect of if you don’t think of yourself as what you want to be, you’ll never do what is necessary to become it. I really liked that idea so I wrote myself a mantra about being a strong athlete. I may not be there now but I am more on my way than I was in November. 



I’ll check back in a few weeks and let you know how it’s going…right now, it’s going great!


Oh, and today I rewarded myself with a yummy smoothie for breakfast. Win Win Win!

 
(My reward this morning – smoothie with strawberries, blueberries, blackberries,
 pineapple, banana, orange, and a little water. Delish!)

Ah, exercise. It is on almost every to-do list that I make and every New Year's resolution (NYR) to exercise more. I am finally having a little success in that department and thought I'd share what I've been learning. This year, I decided I needed to start my NYRs a little early so I began … Continue reading Exercise – My Four Letter Word