My insurance this year will only pay $150 for the gym. They used to pay the full amount, $300. They now pay $150 for a class or trainer. And, so, my husband and I decided to hire a trainer to help get our 58 year old *&^s in shape.
The biggest challenge for me has been changing my habits. I survived a crazy childhood by being smart. I like to know I can do things on my own. So, trying to get in shape I used to spin like a fiend on the run 3 times a week, eat healthy food (whole wheat bread, whole wheat pasta) most of the time, and I became certified in teaching yoga and meditation. I even taught yoga to kids. Alas, the muffin top resting over my capri jeans, maintains.
And, so, I thought I'd see what the trainer might offer. The hardest thing to get used has been that my thinking was wrong. What works is 6 small meals with a carb and protein, lots of veggies and fruit. What works is weight lifting 3x a week. Too much spinning isn't good, burns muscle. Bread, even whole wheat is discouraged. I am still in the change-up phase. I try to eat multiple meals and a big, big breakfast. I am still trying to stop snacking on nuts and raisins before bed. I try to drink 32 ounces of water each day. That's not so hard as I just fill up my green bottle twice. And, I try to get 3 weight lifting workouts in. I think I need to be more scheduled about the aerobics as walking with the dog just doesn't seem like enough. I think my new thing will be 30 minutes of aerobics following weight lifting and 3 other days of the week.
I wonder if I would ever look like my trainer with toned arms and a flat belly. She tells me it's unlikely as she has been working out with weights and eating the mini meals for 20 years. And, what size is she, 0? I am trying to just see where this little venture takes me. Hopefully I won't look like #7, Miss Hard Fitness, above. Spose there is no fear of that ;p