My Fitness Journey Part 2

Tuesday, June 9 2015 5:50 PM
By Katlyn Hartford

After a while, I decided that I can no longer make healthy choices on my own and I needed help!  I need to be told what to eat, how much to eat, when to eat, and nothing else.  If you let me have the freedom to choose what’s good for me and what’s not, that is a sure fire way for me to fail.  Also, I need to know what I can and can’t eat at social events.  With all this in mind, the first thing I wanted to do, after starting my new job, was to seek out help from professionals, which worked out great because they’re right down the hall!  I decided to train with one of the new trainers, Briana Brewer.  She has a lot in common with me. We are the same age, we both have had self-confidence issues in our life, and we were both dancers, and very passionate about it.  I felt like she could understand me and really help me.  

During our first training session together, the first five minutes with Briana was the hardest part.  It’s when you get measured.  Ugh, I got pinched and poked and I felt judged, no fun.  But I knew it was necessary, so I can see my progress throughout my journey.  I did, however, enjoy her workout.  I told her the day before, “Make me sweat.  If I don’t sweat it’s a waste of my time.”  She did just that, I was very pleased.  Briana had me start tracking my meals for the first week.  This way she can see what I like to eat and what I’m eating that I shouldn’t be.  She used my logged meals to help her make up a meal plan that worked best for me.  She also gave me some easy workouts to do by myself on the days I’m not working with her.  She really played to my busy schedule, giving me 20 minute cardio workouts, 30 seconds high intensity and 30 seconds low intensity.  Since I normally don’t workout unless there is a class going on, it was nice to be given direction.  The classes limit me a lot, and it’s easy to skip a day if there’s not a class I like taking at the time I’m able to participate in it.  I was able to work out five days that first week, one day I even worked out twice!  Whoa!  

The next week Briana measured me again, this time I was more used to it.  I wasn’t expecting much difference and was pleasantly surprised that I had already lost 4lbs of body fat in just one week!  Holy cow!  I contained my excitement in front of Briana though; I’ve been down this road before.  It’s hard to get excited about something that you know is very easy to lose.  I’ve lost weight before, and I’ve gained it back.  “Don’t get your hopes up” I kept telling myself.  I am so hard on myself though, I need to take this win and use it to motivate me to keep going.  I have to believe in myself.  That’s the only way I’ll be able to keep with it.

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