9: I hate the StairMaster

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Hi,

As the title clearly states I HATE  the StairMaster. Well, hate is kind of a strong word, but I have great disdain for the StairMaster. This is in no way because it has wronged me nor have I fallen off of it. My disdain for the StairMaster is solely because it has and continues to overpower me.

In my first attempts at using this eternal stairway to hell, I could not last longer than 2 minutes. After these two minutes, I began losing all will to continue and was overpowered by the machine. In my most recent attempt I made it to 12 minutes where I would gradually increased the speed. I recognize that this is great progress, but am still somewhat defeated that I have yet to conquer this machine. (by conquer I mean last longer than 20 minutes at a 6)

Dear StairMaster,

I am coming for you! My progress may be slow, but I will surely make it.

Sincerely,

Laur

 

I’m going to keep at this and hopefully sometime in the near future I will be able to provide an update that I have conquered the StairMaster.

Until next time,

Laur

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8: Apps can help

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Hi,

So, I’ve been using a few apps to help me keep track of my journey and to also motivate me. I use them to keep track of what I’m eating, motivate me, and to give me work outs. I think that the use of apps have been instrumental in my weight loss journey.

Apps that I use:

  • My Fitness Pal
    • I track my meals on this. It also takes information from some of the other apps I used to make an informed guesstimate at the amount of calories that I should be consuming.
  • Google Fit
    • It came with my phone. I think it tracks my steps
  • 8 Fit
    • I use this for workouts and they also have meal plans, I use it more for the workouts
  • My 24
    • This is the app associated with my gym. I use it to track how often I’m getting in the gym and it sometimes has challenges that can be motivational
  • Polar Flow
    • I use the Polar watch  and heart rate monitor to track my workouts and calories burned.

I’m really liking this combination of apps. It seems to be working for. I particular like the fact that I can sync most of these apps with each other (8Fit is the only exception 😦 ). I will continue using them until they stop working for me or I find something that I like more.

Until later,

Laur (elLE)

7. I suck at this

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Hi,

So, I really suck at staying consistent with this thing. I would like to be, but life. So an update, I’m down 28.5 pounds. YAY!! This is really exciting and I’m glad that I have continued on this journey even though I have had several pitfalls.

When started this blog I weighed in at 224. After the holiday season, I weighed in at a whopping 231 pounds. This is the largest I have ever been in my life. I was embarrassed that I allowed myself to get this big, particularly when I had decided to go on this journey.

So over the last several months I have forced myself to be more consist with my workouts. Although I still don’t love working out, it has been great and good for me. I have tried to get into the gym at least 3 times a week, some weeks I make it in there 5 times and on a few occasions not at all. The biggest thing that I have learned from all of this is that even when I don’t get in there as often as I like, the next week is a new week and I can keep going.

On a positive note, I got a lot of positive affirmation that this journey is making a change. This past weekend, my friends and people who have known me for a while told me how good I look and encouraged me to keep it up. It felt good to have people acknowledge the work that I have put in. It was kind of motivating.

I’m going to keep going and hopefully soon get a bit closer to my goals.

Sincerely,

elLE

 

5: struggles in finding a personal trainer

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Hi,

So I mentioned in a previous blog that I was really willing to put my money where my mouth is in terms of this fitness journey. I was prepared to hire a personal trainer to help me through this process and also be there as a sort of guide and support system. While I may still want to look into a trainer in the near future, it does not seem to be in the plans for now.

A few months ago, I randomly overheard a man talking to the cashier at Trader Joes about his job as a personal trainer, I was immediately intrigued. We happened to walk out of the store at the same time and also be parked near one another, so I did the only rational thing, I approached him. We had a fairly quick conversation and I took down his information and promised to text. That same night I messaged him and got a bit more information about his style of training. He seemed to be a good fit and we started discussing our schedules and find an hour that could possibly work for both of us. At the end of this process, he tells me, “You know what I know a guy who might be a better and more consistent fit for your training needs.” I was at first a bit disheartened because I was already gungho  about working out with him, but I thought if this new person can help me, why not. He gave me the new guys contact information and I have never spoken to him again.

When I first began to converse with this new potential trainer, things seemed to be going well. He told me about his style of training, his qualifications, and also that he runs a business based on personal training so he was not really attached to any gyms. That was okay with me as I had a membership to a gym — that I had not been actively using. We set a start date and he sent me his contract. Due to some changes at work, I had to tell him that the hours we had previously set up would no longer work for me and that I would contact him when my schedule was a bit more regular.

Fast forward a month, I have signed the contract, am ready to meet with this guy, but something keeps telling that I should hold off on handing this stranger 1400 of my hard earned dollars (this is for a three month contract). A few hours before I am set to meet him, a friend and I decide to look up his company — something I should have done a long time ago. The way this man spoke, his company was very well established and he has a slew of clientele. In doing a google search for the company name we find the site and after some digging we found his instagram page.

I was expecting to see some before and after pictures of the people that he had worked with or some of his workouts, like most fitness instagram pages. His page was filled with motivational quotes and it took us going more than 80 weeks deep into his pictures to find a before and after picture. When I clicked on the person’s name, she credited her fitness journey to another trainer, his name was nowhere to be found on her page.

I decided to call him out on the fact that he did not have any results posted or any testimonials. For person who has been in this business for more the 20, pushing 30 years, I was expecting more. He quickly became defensive and was yelling at me – via text- about that not being the most important aspect of a personal trainer’s bio. While I agree, to some extent, as person who had previously been bragging about all of the people you have trained and all of the results that you have gotten and how this is something you have been doing for a living, I would think you would have a bit more to show for the work you’ve put in.

This is not to say that all trainers should have extensive lists of testimonials or an instagram page filled with before and afters. In this situation, the was this particular trainer presented himself, there should have been more available.

What I learned in this situation is that it is important check out the information that a trainer is giving you, especially if they are not affiliated with a gym.

Until next time,

elLE