I started at Planet Fitness April 1, 2015. April Fool’s Day was no joke this year. 🙂 I could walk a mile on the treadmill and my time wasn’t awful. I started out at 19 minutes, 21 seconds. Not bad for someone weighing 295. Slowly, and steady with time and workouts, I have improved that time. Yesterday I hit a personal best of 16 minutes, 22 seconds. It’s such an amazing thrill to break your record time. I almost wanted to shout out in the gym because inside I was cheering loud! I have a race coming up next Thursday evening and I’m hoping to break my record of 51 minutes for 3 miles. Right now I’m hitting close to 48 minutes with my practice speed. I would be happy with that as my change for the total. I’ve entered the speed walking portion so I’m hoping to do well in my age division. No matter what, I am so happy I am making improvements and I am losing weight.
I missed my time at Planet Fitness when I traveled but it just makes me appreciate it more. I have mentioned that I take advantage of the free training program. I’m lucky to have someone who is totally committed to helping me reach for my goals. Working with a trainer to me is very different then just going to the gym for a workout. It’s what I need right now to push and make myself work harder than I would just walking in and doing my own routine. I’ve learned lots of different exercises and actually enough that I can do a pretty good fitness program on my own but there is a big benefit to having a detailed program with someone working through it with you. I usually go in the early mornings around 6am, warm up on the treadmill and then do a leg or arm workout for 30 minutes before I have to get ready for work. I laugh because my trainer sees me at my worst but he also sees me at my best. Hair in a pony tail, no makeup, just waking up for the day…I’m not there to impress, I’m there to work and he knows it. I’m sore this morning from our leg workout yesterday, but it’s not this horrible thing. It lets me know I did good and I worked out well. I have worked up to leg pressing 190 pounds-that’s more than my son weighs! It’s hard to explain the feeling of accomplishing a higher goal than you hit before. Higher amounts of weights or something I couldn’t think of doing when I started like getting on the stair machine. The hardest part is when I fail at an attempt to do a particular exercise, but we move on to something else and come back to try it again a few weeks later. I couldn’t even lunge at ALL when we started and now I can make decent strides. I also have a weak knee from my dog pulling me down our hill last year. It’s been a real struggle to get it stronger but I’m finally feeling more comfortable with it and many times it’s truly mind over matter and just working through my fears to do the work. Communication is also key. I always give feedback about my comfort level and I’m never pushed to do something that is painful, but I DO push through something that is difficult and there is a big difference. Only good communication and trust between you and your trainer can help you keep improving. I sometimes hold back on the trust factor but I’m slowly doing better with that. I know that the last thing my trainer wants is for me to get injured or have to go backwards on my workouts and I have to trust that each exercise he chooses for me that day is to better my progress. Right now we are pushing harder with my next weigh in only 10 days away. It’s great to have that extra push and words of encouragement as you go through a workout. It makes all the difference for me. Leaving with a high five or a fist bump and knowing that I gave it my all for that day is the seeing me at my best part. My confidence has improved on many levels from me working out. I’m sure I would be making some progress on my own but not nearly the strides and distance I have come with my trainer.
Hitting the trail…
The past two weekends I’ve been able to walk one of our local trails with the kids. It’s made me feel like such a good mom to have some exercise and time with them away from the TV and electronics. Exploring nature is almost a lost art now it seems. I can remember spending many a day outdoors playing with my friends when I was growing up but we slowly have moved to a whole generation of teens who don’t get to experience nature or even want to be outside. My 19 year old daughter has been one of them, but through trying many things with me including the gym and my Zumba class we just weren’t finding her niche in getting some exercise and having fun with it. Then one day recently we were taking the dog for a walk and found a trail leading into the woods in our neighborhood. We decided to go back later that day and explore and had great fun just seeing what it might lead to. We haven’t found the end of the neighborhood trail yet, but decided to take some longer hikes on the Daphne Village Pointe Park trail. It’s about a mile and a half from the parking lot to the pier and back which is a nice walk especially this time of year! There are smaller trails that branch off made by the local boy scout chapters years ago and an old oak tree where Andrew Jackson gave a speech. Even a graveyard of a founding family of the Eastern Shore area that’s pretty interesting. We definitely will spend more time there before the weather gets too cold. Now we are looking into other trails in the area to explore and I’m just beyond excited to have found “the thing” that gets my daughter excited about exercising. So, you may not like the gym or a Zumba class but don’t give up looking for the thing that makes you happy. It might very well be walking a trail in the middle of nature that sets you on your path to being more healthy!