Journal of My Road to Success
December 28, 2017: I had just finished watching the movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them when I noticed I had two voice mail messages. I sat and listened to the first message from Zak and started to cry. I couldn’t believe that I had won the sweepstakes. I had assumed that I would be starting the New Year trying to figure out what combination of things to try to get into shape. Nicole and I planned to start working out after school and I quit WW online because I wasn’t using it and decided to go join weekly sessions instead. I texted friends and called family because I was so excited. Hopefully I will begin a journey from “fluffy” to FIT.
December 29, 2017: I ran out to Target and bought a few active wear tops and bras because I didn’t know exactly what to wear. I hurried over to Focused Results and met Dan who then measured me, took my picture, checked my BMI, etc. He also checked my walking gait and had me do squats. I wasn’t sure what to expect. I am still not sure what to expect. We set up consistent meetings for T/TH at 5pm and still need to add one more day during the week. I will sometime soon have nutritional coaching. Excited and hopeful right now.
January 7, 2017: Third day of working out. I AM SORE, but not crying. I met Dan and had no idea what to expect on the first day. Pleasantly surprised that he didn’t kill me the first day but he did two great things. One he made me sweat and feel like I was truly working out, and although I was very sore the next day, I was still able to climb stairs at work and function. Second, he made me feel like there was hope that I could get back in shape. I even looked forward to my second workout with him. Day two – weights with lunges ugh! So I said the weights were a little heavy and he handed me heavier ones. He constantly monitored my progress, encouraged me to keep going and challenged me to do even more. I was sweating and sore. The night before day three I ached and was trying to figure out how to complete my second night of homework. I was to work with my exercise ball and do squats against the wall, and to work my core I was to do that thing….the dreaded PLANK. I know most people have done a plank before, but I just learned how to do this and oh goodness do I shake and secretly or maybe not so secretly whine. I did the homework once but the second time I ached so badly I couldn’t do it. Instead I vacuumed, went up and down three sets of stairs a zillion times for laundry, dusted, and cleaned the bathrooms. Day three I met Drew. I didn’t sweat, but I did workout. He did things differently. I really needed that after my other two workouts. I know he was just seeing how I moved and setting up a plan in his mind for me for next week, but I was able to continue to improve my skills. He used some sort of “tube” to roll out my thighs and I could have cried with relief. It helped me immensely. I felt like I would be able to walk again. Drew had me do some different exercises, which worked other parts of my body, and I really like the combination of trainers. I hope I will get to work with all of them. The two so far have been amazingly patient and inspiring. Tomorrow, on my own, I will go swimming and see if that helps stretch out some of my muscles even more.
January 14, 2017– I think I have found my muscle elixir. The foam roller takes my muscles from barely functioning to completely workable. I know it sounds crazy but I am able to go up and down stairs without crying out in pain. Yes, I still feel the muscles but it doesn’t feel like I am dying. Dan offered a foam rolling class that I will take him up on next week. I will get a feel for using it myself and see how I like it. I am continuing to do my homework of planks and squats. Some days I can handle 30 seconds other days I fail miserably but keep trying. I am doing a lot of core moves, balance activities and started the treadmill. This curved shaped treadmill is kind of fun and I actually like using it. The rowing machine wasn’t too bad. It feels good to sweat again. I know while I am working out it is a struggle but once I finish I have that endorphin glow that feels great. It feels even better after a shower.
January 20, 2017 – I was so looking forward to the foam rolling class only to be disappointed in myself. I worked out for a half an hour, finished my session and rolled (sorry for the poor attempt at humor) into the next class. I wanted the class to be all relaxation and feel good. Instead it was a healthy dose of stretching and rolling. After my earlier session, I was trying to hold up my body and was sadly unable to hold it as long as the other patrons in the class. I was annoyed with myself for not really knowing what I was doing even though the instructions were clear. I felt unfamiliar and awkward the whole time and honestly it just didn’t feel as good as when a trainer rolls you out. To follow up with this hour long evening I went home and woke up in the middle of the night with horrific leg cramps. Mostly I think I was dehydrated and probably did too much. I decided that I needed to learn more about foam rolling before I took the class again. I started asking more questions to Dan and doing a little research. I am slowly learning more about it and he suggested I take another class to get more comfortable with it. I know once I feel more confident I will try it again. In the mean time I asked if we could work on strengthening my arms so I won’t be disappointed in myself again. I know I am being hard on myself after this class but I couldn’t help it.
January 26, 2017 – This is week four and we have started working more on cardio. The first 15 minutes I felt so out of shape doing cardio. Dan said if I wanted to swear at him in my journal I needed to change his name. Ha! After cardio stuff he had me do wall sitting and it was fairly easy. Do not tell him that. He will so have me doing weights and who knows what else. He did mention that I looked bored and that he would happily give me weights to hold. Ha, not a chance (at least not this time) it was the only thing that day that was actually easy and gave me a breather after the cardio part. I love the way they rotate what is being worked on. I went from a couple of weeks ago of barely being able to hold a plank to a whopping 47 seconds now. I know that may not sound like much but I was very proud of my accomplishments. Saturday I get to see how Drew did in his cage fight. Hoping he is now 6 – 0.
Favorite things: laughing while working out, sweating after a work out but feeling like I have accomplished something, seeing slight definition to my waist / hips again, feeling more positive about myself, other patrons with quirky personalities that help inspire me to keep moving (even if they are talking to themselves)
Unhappy things: planks, cardio days when you just want chocolate, side plank (new as of today)
Goals: Join Weight Watchers to make that next step happen. I am slowly toning, now I need to start losing more than just inches. Super secret goal: being able to wear a bikini without anyone looking and then thinking she should NOT be wearing that.
Things I have done to help and wonderings: Talked to LBMS nurse about Focused Results, talked to acupuncturist and she went and loved it. Mentioned it on Facebook to my friends. Talked with my friends at the high school. Wondered about offering reduced rates for LBMS, LBES, and LFHS teachers. I think they would be interested. Wondered about a program where you go outside running with runners and offered suggestions on their gate, inspired them, checked to make sure they were doing things correctly and then added strength classes for them.