This heat is so draining! My last two workouts left me drenched in sweat and I was inside at the gym!! I think that even when the air is on my body is responding to the temperature outside. I don’t mind sweating when I’m working out though, so its ok. I’m trying really hard to keep up with enough water though! At least I like drinking water and I don’t tend to get sick of it even when I’m drinking a lot, so that is really helpful.
Yesterday I joined my friend Marissa at the gym for our regularly scheduled hour on the ellipticals. She typically gets there before me, because I’m waiting on the child center to reopen from their afternoon siesta so that Preston can go play. Yesterday she finished her workout about 13 minutes before I was done and so she went home. She had told me about a trainer who had sought her out last week and asked if she was interested in a trainer. She isn’t but he offered a free session and she took it. So we have been on the lookout for this guy all week. Well, sure enough about 5 minutes after she left he hopped on the elliptical next to me and started asking me about my workout goals. I hope he didn’t see me role my eyes the second he joined me. I told him about my success this far and also that I’ve lost weight before so I know what I’m doing – he still really wanted to give me a free training session. I decided to go for it. I mean whats the harm in having a free half hour with a personal trainer? I am 100% aware that his goal is to get me to sign up for a trainer that I meet with on a weekly basis and also join the Lose Big Win Big challenge, so I’ll just go into it with “no thank you” on the tip of my tongue
I trained with a few different trainers when I was living in Atlanta but my experience with them was that they were very disengaged from my process. Maybe its because I like to connect with people, but I’m not interested in being trained by someone who just fits me into some predetermined program and then works me out without feeling like there is some investment in me. Is that selfish? I guess I just expect from others what I would give. With my clients I invest in them. I celebrate their victories and sit with them when they’re down – granted being a therapist is different than a trainer, but I think when people are trying to improve any area of their life its nice to feel like the person helping you is really cheering for you, not just going through the motions. So aside from the overpriced cost of a trainer, I’m just not totally into inviting a trainer to give me workouts as unengaged as a workout video would. I have thought that when I get closer to my goal weight and I want to tone or shape my body in ways that I am unsure of that I might hire a trainer to do some of that work with me. But losing this weight is personal and I just haven’t found a trainer at a big gym like mine that feels really genuine.
So anyway, tomorrow I’m going to meet this guy and let him show me around (at least it forces me to go to the gym tomorrow) and maybe it will result in me using the weights more. I’ll keep you all posted on how it goes.
I’m aching to take my bike out for a ride, but it is just so hot that I don’t think I could ride until 10PM or later! I try really hard to get on my bike whenever Pres is with his dad, and the time in between is usually just long enough that I really miss it and am super excited when I get to ride. I might try and go tonight around 8PM and see how long I survive. I would also like to go tomorrow, but I’m just not sure if I’ll try to fit it in bright and early before it gets crazy hot, or wait until evening. Either way, my bike is calling my name and the worst that can happen is I take my bike to my normal riding spot, ride for half a mile and realize that I’m insane and turn around and go home. In the process I’ll probably sweat a lot and that will only help my weight for my weigh in on Sunday – since its been two weeks (and one of those eating somewhat poorly) I am anxious to hop back on the scale!!
Stay cool!! and hydrated!!