Adventures in Strength Training

I met for the second time with Trainer early this a.m. Took some measurements, fat percentage, photos — all that fun, favorite stuff that slaps you in the face and says, “What have you done to yourself!?” But, having all the information lets you approach the battle fully armed (and dangerous).

We had already talked about some nutrition info during our first meeting. Trainer pointed out that I need to increase my protein intake. And I totally agree. I fully admit that this is my weak area. My fat intake is right on target, but it’s those blasted carbs that keep throwing me off just a bit. The last couple of days I’ve been a bit more aware of the food I’m making and ensuring I’m preparing (or eating) some good, healthy lean proteins with every meal and adding in some nuts or healthy oils to my snacks. It’ll take some time to make it a true part of my routine, but I’m getting there. Small steps make this journey much more doable.

I feel great about the head start Weight Watchers has given me. It has given me some great information and helped me change a lot of my views of food. WW has also given me an easy way to track my intake — and output, actually. It’s a great tool that has helped me shed 56-plus pounds and allowed me (encouraged me) to get my butt up and move. I’ve only missed a few days of cardio the past six months, and now it’s time to take the next step: strength training. Enter Trainer. We worked quickly on proper form for squats and lunges today (ouch) and talked about some of Trainer’s basics. Next Monday we’ll jump into the actual training sessions with our first one bright and early at 5:30 a.m. (I say “bright and early,” but here in the north it’s still awfully dark at that time.)

I’m very excited to see the new ways I can push myself and the ways my body will change while I do that. Admittedly, I’m a bit nervous because I’ve never done any “real” strength training before, and I have no idea what I’m doing (and I hate admitting I don’t know what I’m doing). But with the help of Trainer, I’m sure this Adventure in Strength Training will teach me things about myself that I don’t yet know.

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