I didn’t gain the Freshman 15. My metabolism waited until I was about 25 to decide it wanted to start faltering on me. I didn’t play sports growing up but my figure, while never incredibly svelte, stayed in the normal range. And then this happened:
I know. I KNOW! Who is that woman? I didn’t feel great. My confidence waned. My pants didn’t fit. My normal jean size went from a 2-4 to a 6-8. Somewhere between quitting my waitressing job and moving into a desk job, I had gained 23 pounds. And when you stand at 5 feet 2 inches, there isn’t really anywhere for those pounds to go but to my very round pumpkin face.
I went to a friend’s wedding that summer and when the pictures came back…I was taken aback. I didn’t recognize the girl in the photos. Those images set me on course to learn how to take care of myself. Mentally and physically. Stepping into that gym the very first day was incredibly overwhelming. I had never touched a treadmill. I didn’t know what free weights were and how I was supposed to use them. I had no idea what I was doing…but I knew I needed to make a change. So I did.
I changed the way I ate. I changed the way I grocery-shopped. I started meal prepping and measuring out portions. I learned how to follow along with the 21 Day Fix DVD’s and used the gym in my building. I started seeing results and it kept me going. And by that time next year, I had dropped all that weight plus some. I didn’t worry about the scale and learned how to balance fun and fitness: progress was made.
So… why bring this up now? My regimen has worked for me and I’ve enjoyed being self-taught.But I’ve gone as far as I can on my own. The last 6 months or so, I’ve been feeling unmotivated and drained. My workouts aren’t fun and I am not feeling challenged. I started working from home and am finding it harder and harder to remotivate myself to stay the course. I am bored and need something to get me excited about fitness. I knew again, it was time for a change.
So tomorrow, I begin another leg of my fitness journey! I signed up with a personal trainer, Sasha of YourFIT, and begin my first session with her tomorrow. I decided on her “comprehensive” package for an all-encompassing experience. Sasha is providing personalized meal planning, one-on-one training, and the opportunity to be challenged again. I am looking forward to getting my mind in the right place and learning new skills.
And don’t worry, I won’t be turning this into a fitness blog 😉 I won’t be “checking-in” every time I enter the gym. But I figure this is just another form of accountability and I will be needing all the help I can get. Wish me luck!