Okay, I’ve been thinking about this personal trainer thing all week. How it seems to be working for me. And how the accountability of it seems to be a big part of it for me. Like when I’ve run out of calories at the end of the night, and I want a little more popcorn, and I think, no, I’m gonna see Vickie in a few days. That’s just one little example. Another part of the control on what I am eating is that when I am working harder at working out, I will think, I don’t want this work to go to waste, so control your eating. But mostly, I think that for me, the accountability of a real live person is very important for me. I’m not sure why the w.w. accountability stopped working for me, but maybe this is one step up–there is no one to hide behind, no crowd to get lost in.
But here’s what I’ve been thinking about this week, especially in regards to the large financial investment I was contemplating (hiring a P.T. for an extended period of time.) Am I ALWAYS going to need to be accountable to someone? Is that the only way I will be able to maintain my weight loss forever? When I started W.W. I thought to myself, well it is like being an alcoholic. Some alcoholics have to go to A.A. meetings every week for their whole lives to stay sober. So be it, I thought to myself. If I have to go to W.W. meetings for the rest of my life to keep on track, it is worth it.
I guess I don’t have any answer for this since I am not there yet. In questioning Vicky, she didn’t have a pat answer, but she did say something that appealed to me. She said that some people check in with her once a month or so, or check back in if they have a 5 pound gain. That appeals to me, and sounds reasonable.
So, Da-da-da-dahhhh! (I don’t know how to spell out that trumpet blast)—I signed up for SIX MONTHS of Personal Training. That is a bigger investment than the new TV I am refusing to buy! But I am so excited about the prospects of everything it will do for me. She works on your nutrition right along with the exercises, which I really like. And she explains how and why certain exercises affect your muscles in different ways, which is really important to me. And she definitely challenges me. That is the part about pride that I was pondering today. I mean, what makes me try one more pushup when my arms and legs are shaking, when she is right there? It has to be pride. I mean, when I was at home, I was pushing myself pretty hard on the pushups, but I don’t remember trying THAT hard. Whatever it is, I feel well-worked out today!
Oh yeah, AND I lost 0.6 pounds this week. To some of you that may not seem like much, but it is two weeks in a row with a loss, and that is a big deal to me!
So I’m off to my healthy dinner of salmon and brussel sprouts, and saved enough calories to have a little piece of the dark chocolate Green & Black’s chocolate that I got to try, along with my strawberries and greek yogurt for dessert! Have I mentioned lately how much I love food?