Thursday, July 11, 2013

Working Out

Let's talk about working out a bit.  I've been a swimmer my whole life.  Granted, I have taken breaks here and there but swimming for me is like taking a walk.  It just comes as second nature.  I can hop in a pool and swim and swim and swim and swim.  Swimming is great for me too.  It works on my cardio and slims me down.  However swimming does not tone me up.  I wanted to make sure that I got some muscle work this time.

I started with some cardio lift classes and really enjoyed incorporating some weights into the mix.  I knew though that I wanted to step it up even more.  So, I introduced a personal trainer to the mix.

I'm now three weeks in.  I just see Mike once a week for 30 minutes, but at times it feels like HOURS.  The first time I worked out with him I thought I was going to pass out after.  I realized that at the time, eating 100% raw, I would have to find a way to give my body something before and after the workout so I would not crash.  Water with some chia seeds was the perfect solution!  I don't like working out with food in my stomach so I wanted to save eating for after the workout.  The second time I worked out with him I felt good.  I felt strong and just kept pushing myself.

Last night was the complete opposite.  I felt like I couldn't do it.  There were moments my body would just stop doing whatever it was I was trying to do.  Something as simple as laying on a bench and holding my legs up became so difficult.  I would mind over matter it as hard as I could but there were many times my legs would just fall or my plank wouldn't hold.  I can't even begin to explain how frustrated I was.  I wasn't pissed at Mike for making me do these things...I was pissed at myself that I couldn't do them.  I think that's good though.  It's really giving me the drive that I need and pushing me to want to do more next time.  I'm also realizing how much I love working out with a trainer.  I could go in by myself but wouldn't push myself like he does.  When someone is watching over you and motivating you it really does kick you into overdrive.

I signed up for 8 sessions, and know that when the 5 I have left are over I will sign up for more.  I also cannot wait to see what a difference it makes at the end of the 5.  That is about when I have to take my official after picture for the Summer Challenge I am participating in.  I highly suggest that if you are considering a trainer workout, go for it!  I know I love it and it is exactly what I need.

Putting on shorts this morning and seeing these legs reminded me why I am doing this.  I can't wait to see them transform even more!  It's crazy to think that I haven't worn shorts in over ten years.  TEN YEARS!!!! I think my legs are happy to finally see the light of day!

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