Sunday, March 23, 2008

An investment...in me

A pair of $600 Manolo Blahniks.

A $1,200 bag from Yves Saint Laurent.

Had you asked me earlier this week what I wanted for my 30th birthday (which looms in July), that's what I would have answered.

Don't get me wrong--I don't expect anyone in my life to get those for me. Nor can I afford them. BUT, I wanted them. So I've been saving, diligently, for a while. They were going to be my treats to myself on a very big birthday.

But I can't explain how or why I woke up mid-week and said, "That's not good enough. I want more. I want better. I want a better ME!"

Okay, maybe I can explain it...after my new scale--which I am beginning to detest--showed yet another gain, I went bananas. It annoyed me, but it didn't make me sad.

Despite the fact I really believe the thing is broken (Weights very crazily from one moment to the next) the number pushed me right back into the gym and in the haze of my monotonous workout, I saw a poster out the corner of my eye.

"Five Personal Training Sessions for $199! Sign up now!"

So after my torturous treadmill session ended, I asked to meet with a personal trainer, a woman I'd seen kicking various shaped rear ends all over the gym. She wasn't there, but I left a message. When she called back, she let me know she had an opening the very next morning at 9 a.m....and asked if I was interested.

"That was quick," I thought to myself. But I booked the appointment. And in 20 minutes, that trainer had me sweating like I never sweat in my hour-long, boring workouts. It was brutal, intense and I realized hours later--painful. But it felt good.

So when we sat in her office, I asked what other options there were....I know five sessions ain't gonna cut it with me. She showed me the 16-session package. And said we could add the five sessions at the bonus price...pretty much giving me 21 sessions for the price of 16.

My head spun looking at the numbers. The training wouldn't be cheap. Mr. CCC would murder me for spending that kind of money.

Then it hit me. I had plenty of money in my birthday saving fund. It would cover the training. I'd have to give up the shoes and the bag, but what I would get in return would be far more valuable.

So I signed on the dotted line. 21 sessions with my trainer. I start Tuesday. And I couldn't be more excited.

Because if this doesn't work, I don't know what will.

And let's face it...if I'm giving up the money for those shoes and that bag, I'm making sure those pennies aren't wasted.

How's that for finding my mojo again?

6 comments:

Kate said...

That's great! If I had that much disposable income I'd love to do something like that. LOL right now I'm scrounging pennies to save for new tires on my car. Mind if I live vicariously through you for the next few weeks? ;)

Lora said...

Gosh I wish I could afford a personal trainer! Consider yourself blessed and go for it!

Heather said...

fabulous!! you are so right...what you are doing is worth more than any cute bags and shoes. good luck with it!

Once Upon A Dieter said...

That was a very wise decision. I got strong (didn't lose weight, lost fat) when I personal trained back in 2003 for 6 months. EXPENSIVE!

I wanted to do it again this year, but the economic situation is iffy in my household right now, so, boohoo.

But make sure you make up a "ongoing" type of plan during those sessions so that you can continue on your own after the 21 sessions. Then you can just do "tweak" sessions with her when you need to add new exercises and refine. Sit down and have her give you an idea of what increments and make a plan you can do on days and weeks when you can't do a paid session. As a back-up.

It does hurt, doesn't it? I remember.

The Princess

Cammy said...

It's expensive, yes, but it's the best money I've ever spent. Well, okay, it's tied with the money I paid for someone else to come strip all the wallpaper in my house, but you get my point. It was a great investment in myself and my future. As I said in another forum, better to spend it on training than in the ICU a few years from now. :)

Teale said...

This is SUCH a fantastic post! I haven't really been reading too much from my friend's blogs, and I've really been slacking with my WW plan. I think coming back and reading is exactly what I need to get my mojo back too! And this is so inspiring! Keep up the FANTASTIC work!