Working with a personal trainer has been an adventure, honestly. Each week we do something different, and I like that. I enjoy knowing that every time I go I will learn a new set of exercises, and that I will be pushed in a new, challenging way.
That does not mean; however, that I do not occasionally wonder what in the world this lady is trying to do to me. I found myself saying, “I don’t think I can…” or even, “I can’t…” The problem with that is I am only limiting myself. Ebony (personal trainer now – Vanessa left to coach basketball) is not the one suffering from my negative thoughts – that’s only me.
So, let me say, though, that I was not trying to be a complete pain in the ass last night. My ankle makes me *very* nervous. I am still in a brace, and it still hurts every single day. I am certain I have mentioned previously that I injured the tendons in my right foot/ankle back in March. My peroneal tendons are still damaged, though.
Because of my ankle I refused (yes, refused) to do jumping jacks. I also hesitated to do lunges with arm curls. Maybe I should not have given Ebony a hard time, but I am so worried that I will damage my ankle worse than it already is. The potential of surgery is still on the table (depending on how my ankle does after another 5 or 6 weeks in this brace), and that makes me nervous.
My plan going forward; however, is to trust Ebony. She knows I have a brace on my ankle (obviously), and she knows it still hurts. So, I am going to trust that she would not ask me to do something that would hurt me. This is me relinquishing control and trusting another person (which is a challenge for me in itself, by the way).
My workout was great, though. I really felt my muscles working hard, and I am a teeny bit sore this morning in a few places (thighs and upper arms). She taught me four or five new exercises last night, all of which I enjoyed and will do at home on my non-gym days (Tuesday, Saturday, Sunday). The routine included four types of crunches that worked various groups of the abdominal muscles. I can honestly say they were crazy. Crunches usually do not bother me, but adding leg movement into the mix certainly kicked it up a notch (or two or three). I liked it.
Quick question for all you out there who do crunches. I have a problem with my neck muscles hurting when I do crunches. Ebony told me I am straining my neck. She also told me to support my neck with my hands, which I tried. However, my neck still gets sore. Any of you out there have any tips on how to avoid neck discomfort when crunching?
Weigh day is coming soon. I will be honest, excitement and a little apprehension are lingering around in this head of mine. I need to post some pictures of me to show my progress. Maybe I’ll do that on weigh day?