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Another month long break.  I really need to get my blogging together!  Without any further delay here’s Tip #2:

Get moving!  No amount of dieting is gonna get you to your goals in a healthy way.  Exercise is the best way to get those extra pounds off.  No sugar-coating it.  Believe me, I know how hard it is to get your butt to the gym, but it’s now become my “me” time where I can listen to my favourite songs on my iPod and tune the world out.  If you’re feeling totally unmotivated halfway through or even at the start of your workout, just drop in on a fitness class.  Being in a group will totally get you through your workout.  Even if it’s not the same intensity (sometimes it’s even higher!) it’s better than giving up and going home.

If you’re stuck on where to start, I recommend getting a personal trainer.  That’s what I did, and he really helped me out with motivation and tailoring a workout just for me.  And when you’re bored with your workout you can count on them to switch it up!  Remember, you don’t have to stay with them forever if you don’t want to, but I totally would if I had the cash!  In case you’re interested here’s the link to my personal trainer.

I came to Canada as a skinny little girl at age 4.  Then, I became a chubby kid at some point.  I remember being teased somewhat but not too much.  They called me “sea elephant” for a while in grade 6, but you gotta put an accent Francais to it.  Kinda like sea el-e-phant.  I was never really very active ’cause I just never felt I was good at any sport.  I’m more into arts and crafts and writing (see?)  but I do enjoy solo sports like swimming, skiing, skating, and now yoga.  I think the weight got out of control during university, so I’m just one of those Freshman 15 statistics, but mine was more like Freshman 50.

This is the story of my weight loss.  I thought I’d write about it, to not only document it for myself, but to maybe give someone out there the motivation they need to begin their story.

I thought I was fine until I went to a yoga class.  That is, I thought I was fine weight and size wise, but apparently that wasn’t the case.  Now that I think back on it, I think I saw myself differently in the mirror than what I actually looked like in person.  Yoga teaches you an awareness of your body, how your body moves and works, and how flexible you are.  I personally think it also teaches you how to respect your body because that’s what I find myself thinking about during meditation.  Yoga brought to my attention the fact that shitty food makes me feel crappy.  So, with that, and the grueling fact that I could only fit into stuff from Addition-Elle and Reitman’s Plus sizes, I somehow decided to make a change, and I quickly learned my first lesson to success:  No one but YOU can motivate YOU.  It’s the truth.  So many people tried to get me to do something, and the more they probed, the more I resisted it seemed.  People don’t really like to be told what to do.  At least I don’t.

So I went to go see my esthetician’s son, who happens to be a personal trainer.  She’d been telling me about him for like a year, but I kept putting it off.  You know how it is.  Anyway, he did an assessment with me back in July 2008 I believe, and I was soooo unfit.  So, to put it simply without all the details, I began to train twice a week with him, and watching what I ate.  After the first hard core session I couldn’t move.  I remember going to Wonderland the day, or even 2 days after, and everything hurt.  I couldn’t even walk up the little grass hill without feeling all the muscles in my legs.  I discovered muscles I never knew I had!  It was a good kind of pain though.  A pain of starting something, doing something, and feeling better about me.

Little by little, but not to forget, consistently, the pounds kept coming off.  And that was motivation in itself.  You know, along with all the compliments.  Especially from people like my dentist who obviously see more of a change because they don’t see you as often as everyone else.  I think I started off at a weight of 222lbs at a height of 5’8.  That is a lot of extra pounds, even though it hides well on a tall person!

Of course there were and continue to be many obstacles and even road blocks along the way; plateaus were reached, cravings were had, but I kept on trudging through.  You’ve gotta leave room for error, otherwise you will never succeed.  Having one bad meal does not mean giving the plan up completely and going back to your old ways.  Remember that.

I went to Cuba in December of 2008 and felt fantastic, already 30 lbs lighter.  I don’t think I’d ever go to the tropics at the starting weight I was at, care about buying nice clothes, or even think about getting married, and not because I don’t have someone who loves me, which I do, but because I felt awful about myself, and felt disgusting. When I look back at photos of myself when I was heavier, it was like being in a prison of my own making.  The bigger you are, the smaller you feel, because you get embarrassed that you let yourself get that way.

For some reason it seems to me that some people are comfortable at that weight, learn to live with it because they feel they can’t do anything about it, or learn to hide it well.

I am not one of them.

I still am not at my goal weight, but I’m on a mission to be healthy.  I am a food lover and there’s almost nothing that I don’t try and like, but I’m also addicted to the gym now.  I know I’m hooked because I feel shitty when I don’t go.  Like now, during the holidays, I got lazy for 10 days and it really took a toll.  All the junk food and the overeating took a toll not only on my waistline (up and down 2lbs), but also on my skin, and worst of all, made me feel sluggish.  So it’s moments like these that I realize that being active is like taking your medicine when you’re sick.  You wouldn’t skip your medicine to feel better would you?  It’s just a part of what I do now.  It’s about losing the extra pounds, but more importantly it’s about health and strength!

Starting tomorrow I will begin to post a series of tips & things I’ve learned from experience for the next little while.  Be sure to come back!

In the meantime, I put this together to show myself just how much of a difference I’ve made in my life.  The fact that I have sweets in both photos is just a coincidence 🙂  The After photo is me with my latest B-Day cake.  Happy 25th B-Day to me indeed.

Welcome back me.  Wow, has it really been that long?  My last entry was in August, and this was supposed to be a more routine thing.

A lot has happened in the past 2 months, but I’ll try to keep it as short as possible.

Let’s begin with how my personal trainer and lifestyle changes are going.  This past weekend was the ultimate test for anyone that’s trying to watch what they eat and stay on course with an exercise program but somehow (gasp!)  I managed to make it through the weekend, not sacrifice too much, and still somehow lose a pound!  What are the odds of that happening?  My last session with my personal trainer was last Wednesday, but then on Friday I went swimming with Tom at the gym, and Saturday we went to see Cascada perform at LUXY NightClub, and danced the night away.  So, yay for exercise!  I managed to try everything at the Thanksgiving dinner table on Sunday.  The only thing I didn’t eat were the potatoes ‘cause they’re boring anyway.  I even had cake, but I limited myself to one piece and more fruit.  I’m comparing this to how I ate before, which is that I would have one of every kind of cake on the table.  On Sunday we had Chinese food for Tom’s mom’s B-Day and I stuck to mostly veggies and not all the fried stuff so that went ok as well.  I’m proud to say that at 192lbs I’m 2 pounds away from halfway to my goal weight.  It gets tough sometimes to stick to the program, but the more you lose the better you feel and you just keep going.  The people that don’t see you as often (ie. dentist, hairdresser, etc) notice it the most and it feels really good when they tell you, “You look great!”

Another thing I feel great about is my job.  I’m at JAM Direct as a junior writer, and actually getting paid!  So far I’ve worked on BELL and HBC briefs.  We do direct mail and customer relations mail.  Today, I felt like it was my B-Day.  I got a new Macbook, monitor, wireless keyboard and mouse, my own desk, company logo waterbottle, and an eco-friendly bag!

Life in general is pretty sweet currently.  There have been a few ups and downs, such as Tom’s dad being hospitalized and a couple overseas deaths in the family, but we got through it together.  And the thing that impacted me the most was the death of my beloved dog, Jerry, who passed away this past Labour Day Weekend.  Jerry was around even before Kuba (my lil’ bro) was born and he was an important and loved member of our family.  He will be dearly missed.

So that’s about it for the recap, and just to end things off, here are a few cool websites and products I’ve been into recently:

http://www.hungry-girl.com/ (Awesome website for real life eating, includes what the best choices are at your favourite fast food joints, as well as great recipes!)

http://meandgoji.com/ (Make your own cereal, and name it too!)

http://www.goshcosmetics.com/ (I love the extreme art eye liner!!! It stays put all night long when you’re out clubbing!)

www.eyeslipsface.com (Great makeup for a great price!)