My New Friend

I met my personal trainer yesterday (and today, actually), and he is really great!  His name is Don.  At first I was a little skeeved out by the fact that he is a boy, but I got over that quickly.  Today we did my fitness evaluation (to see where I am now, and where we need to start).

The fitness evaluation consisted of measuring my body (biceps, bust, waist – in two places, hips, thighs, neck, and calves), body fat, and calculating my BMI.  After that he had me hop on the elliptical machine to see how fast/steady my heart rate is during exertion.  We went straight onto the chest and leg presses from there.  I really felt as though I did well on both of the presses.  I was able to do 10 chest presses at 150 pounds, and 10 leg presses at 280 pounds (even with a brace on my right ankle).  Next was crunches, which I completed 50 in a minute.  Don said that was really good to start.  Last he measured flexibility.  The problem here was that my disc prevented me from doing the test accurately.  You are *supposed* to sit with your legs extended in front of you, feet about 12 inches apart, and reach forward.  I could not do it.  Honestly, I could barely put my left leg down flat on the floor.  So, instead I stood and bent over to touch the floor.  He said we can measure that way instead.  Progress will be charted as I can put more of my hand (not just my fingertips) on the floor standing up.  Who knows, though, maybe one day I will be able to do it the right way.

I am really excited to get this plan moving in the right direction.  I meet with Don again on Monday.  He said he will have a “food diary” for me, and some other nutritional information.  I cannot wait.  However, I will not be waiting to hit the gym again until Monday.  Nope.  I will be back there on Friday evening – for a hot date with that elliptical machine.  We are going to be best friends, I think.

On a less happy note…tomorrow is going to be rough.  One of my best friend’s mother passed away.  Her funeral is tomorrow.  This, of course, means food – and lots of it.  I am going there with the intention of not grazing throughout the entire event.  Here’s to hoping.

How is your week going?  Are you getting closer to reaching your goal(s)?

-Erica

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