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06 December 2008 @ 04:03 pm
Last night I got a free personal training session at our gym. Most of it was spent talking to the trainer about my goals and him trying to sell me on buying a personal training package. But the part where we actually worked out, yeah. He kicked my ass. I thought I was working hard before. I initially walked in just wanting to talk to someone about designing a training program for me. I generally don't need someone to scream at me and tell me to push it. When I get to the gym, I'm ready to work, and I'm motivated. But I need someone to tell me what muscles to target, which specific exercises to do. But from what he told me, my body adjusts to a workout after 2 weeks and it becomes ineffective, so I need to do all sorts of different stuff to keep losing weight, and I need to target certain muscle groups together. There were just 2 things that I thought was weird:

1. He told me cardio is a waste of my time right now. He said it was good for my health, but not effective for building lean muscle, which will help me lose weight. He said if I have some certain amount of lean muscle, it will burn 500 calories from me just sitting on my ass doing nothing during the day. That sounds nice, but the cardio thing sounds sort of backwards from everything I've ever heard.
2. I told him my goal was to lose 30 pounds. He said it should be 40. Fuck you, buddy, you don't know my body. (Fortunately, he wouldn't be my trainer.) I know that there's all these stupid charts that say what I should weight, but when I was 50 lbs less, my head looked too big for my body. I didn't have washboard abs, but I was a girl's size 14. I don't want to be skinny; I want to be athletic and healthy.

He put me through a very hard program. I worked harder than I've worked in years, and he didn't even put me on a treadmill. So maybe the cardio thing is true, but I think it would still be a good idea to do it on days where I don't lift.

He tried to sell me on a $250 a month package. That was pretty much out of the question. Finally, he "found" a 3x a month package (with some free sessions during the first month) for $99 a month. I would meet with a trainer once a week (a few more times the first month, for free) and she would guide me through a program and show me how to vary it up. He said he really thought I could lose 30 lbs in 4 months. It's a lot more reasonablly priced, but damn I hate spending money on myself. I feel guilty clothes shopping! I think we can afford it, but I didn't want to give him a yes right there because it was a pretty high-pressure sales pitch, and those make me uncomfortable and tend to scare me away.

The question is, should I go for it? It's an investment in myself. If I lose weight, I know I will think it's worth it. But if I don't, I'm just going to feel pissed off and scammed. Have any of you had a personal trainer, and how did it go? Were you satisfied? Am I getting a good rate?

I don't think I can sign up for it this month. We're gone on vacation half the month anyway. Then I will have ski lessons in January and February, but I can just make sure that my leg workout days will be at a different point in the week. I hate starting after New Years because EVERYONE will be at the gym and wanting a personal trainer, but I guess I'll just have to live.
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25 May 2007 @ 10:42 am
So I have this fancy schmancy scale thingy that tells me all the nutrition of everything - but I don't know how to effectively use it. Does anyone have any suggestions? I definitely want to use it for making proper portions for quick meals, but this thing does all sorts of tricks, it seems a shame to waste the possibilities with my poor imagination.
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13 October 2006 @ 11:07 pm
Maybe this is TMI, but here goes. I don't know if any of the rest of y'all have, er, stomach problems...but I have IBS and I've about had it up to here. It was under control for several years, and then all of a sudden last fall it decided to stage a star-studded comeback, this time with an all-new set of symptoms. Whoopee! I'm so thrilled. Anyway, someone told me about The IBS Diet that some lady concocted, and I've finally decided to try it. Anything's better than feeling like I have a bunch of cotton stuffed up under my rib cage. The big bummer is that it involves giving up some of my favorite foods, like peanut butter, bran, and dairy. *sniff* I don't like to think about not eating those foods, but then I just think about how much I would love to feel better. I've felt yucky all week. The hardest part, besides replacing my beloved morning bowl of bran flakes with Rice Krispies or something, is that in alllllllll of my nutrition classes it has been drummed into me that white grains are BAD and whole grains are GOOD. I'm having trouble reconciling myself to the fact that I will be essentially cutting out brown/wheat everything and eating all white stuff, even though I know that my stomach just doesn't want to digest the healthy stuff. Even though I know for a fact that I always feel better after eating only white rice, white cereal, white pasta, etc. for a few days. This diet also does not allow a lot of fat, which is OK with me because I don't eat it anyway, but I so love my nonfat peach smoothies. :-( Maybe I can sneak a few in, and maybe a little smooth peanut butter (they say the crunchy stuff, which I like, is just too hard to digest), but it's going involve making some changes...I'm actually going to have to bring real food to work for lunch instead of slapping together a sandwich real quick. I'll let you all know how it goes, though.

On a more pleasant note, though, I have discovered the gym at my apartment complex and hardly anyone is ever in there, so I've been going. I'm going to try to go most days a week because it seems to have helped me stay less stressed.
Current Mood: coldcold
05 October 2006 @ 05:51 am
I read somewhere that putting things off causes way more anxiety than actually going ahead and doing them, so I've been trying that for the past few days.  Things like going to the grocery store when I have time instead of waiting until I'm absolutely out of everything, getting my car's oil changed, setting up appointments, tidying up, etc.  Nothing major, just stuff that really needs doing that I don't necessarily want to do.  I have a friend whom I love dearly but I can't stand talking to her on the phone because she talks f-o-r-e-v-e-r and it's almost impossible to get away, so a lot of times I find myself hitting the 'Ignore' button when she calls.  I know, I know, that's bad, and she's a good friends who doesn't deserve that so lately I've been answering the phone when I see her number flashing.  This afternoon I'm going to go get my sister a birthday present instead of waiting until Saturday morning and then freaking out because I don't have anything, because even though I hate dealing with afternoon traffic, it's still better than having to rush around at the last minute.  I am amazed at how much more "productive" I feel since I've been going ahead and just doing things, even though it's just been small stuff.  For anybody else who tends to procrastinate, try it!
16 September 2006 @ 09:02 pm

I promise I haven't disappeared--what with moving and my new job, I haven't been online as much as I used to.  Things are starting to calm down now, though, and I just wanted to check in and let you all know how I've been doing.  I think all the stuff going on has been a good thing, because I now have less time to obsess over food and calorie count until my face turns blue.  For some reason, I've also been feeling less anxious about food and I have noticed a difference in the past month or so.  I was able to let myself eat a piece of cake--albeit, a very very small piece, but a piece nonetheless--at my stepdad's birthday, and now whenever I go see my parents I don't insist on eating only carrots and soup.  I know they were getting sort of worried about me because I used to love joining them for meals when I came home, because as a college student it was really only the decent home-cooking I was able to get, and then when I stopped I know it had to have made them wonder.  The only fly in the ointment is that my IBS has been acting up and when that happens I can barely eat because after I take two bites I feel full, so that's a bummer.

Anyway, my new apartment complex has a gym, so I hope to get into a routine of going there regularly.  It's nothing fancy, but I want to get some aerobic activity often because exercise gives you energy, and I need energy when I'm getting up at 5:15 in the morning! 

So how have you all been? 


Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
14 August 2006 @ 04:06 pm

Are carbs really that evil?

My understanding has always been that it's calories that matter in weight gain/loss, regardless of where they come from (I'm speaking from the home-ec teacher point of view).  If you cut out the carbs, you'd have to eat more protein and fat, and too much of that can't be good, right?

I'm a big fan of carbs, but my parents swear that cutting back on them has helped them lose weight.  I keep trying to explain that by not eating as much bread they've probably been eating less calories, but they insist it's the lack of carbs. :-P

What do y'all think?

Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
19 July 2006 @ 09:36 pm
Do you all think that every food can be incorporated into a reasonably healthy diet, or are there some foods that we should just stay away from for health reasons?

I just finished Food Politics by Marion Nestle (you all should check it out--it's a bit of a heavy read, but interesting) and I got the impression that the author feels that the latter is true.  

Personally, I think if you start labeling foods as "good" and "bad," you're opening up a can of worms and possibly setting yourself up for issues with food.  But there are also foods that I avoid simply because I'm afraid I'd turn into a big giant radioactive rodent if I ate them, so...I don't know.
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Current Music: Jane Says--Jane's Addiction
18 July 2006 @ 02:33 pm

I just wanted to introduce myself since I'm not sure anyone but _auntisocial_ knows who I am...

My name's Dana, and I joined this community because I really want to make an effort to improve my health and my relationship with food. 

And here are my lists:

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Current Music: Enjoy The Silence--Depeche Mode
17 July 2006 @ 10:51 am
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As our community profile says "Welcome to the first day of the rest of your healthier life!"

First of all, this is not primarily a weight-loss community, although losing weight is certainly a bonus that will come from a healthier lifstyle. It's about being healthier, making better food and exercise choices, and being able to maintain those changes for the rest of your life. That's why we're not about fads, and weigh-ins, and measuring days.

If you're ready to start making some changes, click the link on the profile page and join in with friends!