Tuesday, March 25, 2008

So that's what a workout feels like...

Silly me.

I've been working out regularly for a while. Pilates once a week, cardio at least 3 times a week, weights twice a week...

It sounded good to me (though I confess--I knew I should be doing more.) But still--I was exercising. I was being active.

Yet today, I learned everything I thought I knew about exercise was wrong. Why?

Cause I had my first full session with my trainer and wow...just wow. She put my body through hell. But that good kind of hell. The kind of hell where you feel like you're accomplishing something. The kind of hell where your legs are jelly but you are proud of yourself.

Squats. Lunges. Dips. Weights. Walking. Doesn't sound like much, but it was 40 minute of agony. On more than one occasion, I thought for sure I'd be losing my breakfast. On those moments where my muscles burned, my stomach flip-flopped and I just felt like I couldn't do it, Ms. A (My affectionate nickname for my trainer) was right there--telling me to push through, making me believe I could do it. She was right.

Since hiring Ms. A, I've had a few people ask me if I really believed the investment was worth it. Today, I learned for sure that it most definitely is. Why?

Because I know myself. And when that workout got tough, had I been on my own, I would have slacked. I would have quit. I would have tried something else.

Ms. A won't let me do that. She knows what I can do. She challenges me to follow through. And that, more than her knowledge of exercise itself, is what has already made me--after one session--feel confident that I did the right thing.

I may, however, learn to dislike Tuesdays and Thursdays pretty quickly, ha ha!


Marshmallow said...

Yaaaaay, it's awesome to realise what you're capable of, since often trainers can see past all of the mental and emotional stuff and look at your body, and from there, determine its capabilities. I know my trainer has put me through my paces and I'm so grateful that I continue to pay for sessions since without that faith, I doubt I would've ever realised my true potential. Ms. A will do the same for you, and you'll feel awesome! :-D

Grumpy Chair said...

I think it was a smart investment to get a trainer. Sounds like you are getting your money's worth.

Lora said...

It's pushing yourself that really does the trick - look at those people on Biggest Loser - they work out like crazy - but the payoff is awesome!

Jessica's Journey To Being One Hot Mom! said...

Woohoo on hiring a trainer!

Thanks for visiting my blog. Yes, it does sound like we have things in common.

My Dh and I hope to start the "planning" stages of children this time next year.

Great to meet you. I added you to my blog favs so I can keep up with you and your journey!

Heather said...

ooo you are gonna be sore! but in a good way, in the way that means your hard work is going to pay off. I bet you see amazing results and a brand new body!

Cammy said...

Excellent workout! You never knew you could do so much, did you?

You'll see results sooner than you expect, and it might show up first in inches rather than pounds. (You've got muscles to build!)

I see the difference in your self-esteem already and may I say, it looks mah-velous on you! :)

Keep it up!

Lola said...

hiring my mr R (i am gonna imitate you lol) was my first step to REALLY lose weight, cause before hiring him i was just TRYING.

i became skinner, bur poorer.
no poverty, no loss.


Healthy Pear said...

Wow! Good for you for sticking to it and pulling through your workout session! Just think of how good it feels to be fit. You can do this! :)