There are 24 hours in a day.
The average person is awake for 17 hours.
The average time spent with a trainer is 2-3 hours per week.
That leaves 116-117 hours per week that a trainer has no control over what their client eats or workouts that are not completed.
The reality is that alot of times a trainer is hired based on unrealistic expectations. The client expects to lose weight just because they have hired a trainer. They believe that the trainer is the answer to their problems.. an instant, guaranteed solution.
But this is far from the truth.
A trainer will provide you with the necessary guidance and tools to help you change your lifestyle to that of a more healthier and active one. These changes will only help in reaching fat-loss goals IF you are willing to follow your trainer’s instructions. But more than half the time these instructions/guidance fall on deaf ears.
And what happens when you realize months have passed and you haven’t reached your goal?
You blame your trainer.
It’s your trainer’s fault that you miss your workouts, or that you have a cookie here.. a slice of pizza there. It’s your trainer’s fault that come the weekends your ‘healthy’ eating goes out the window.. because it’s so much easier to blame your trainer than to own up and blame yourself.
If your doctor were to tell you that you had a life threatening illness and unless you made drastic changes to your lifestyle, you would not survive.. would you think twice about it?
You probably wouldn’t even argue.
So why is it that most people are unwilling to make the necessary changes to their lifestyle in order to lose weight?
The average person will start to gain 1pd of fat per year after the age of 25 and lose 1/2pd of lean muscle after 25 years old.
What does this mean? By the time you have reached 55 years you will have gained anywhere between 25-30 pds of fat mass & lost about 10-12 pds of lean muscle tissue. (Lean muscle utilizes calories to work, repair, and refuel itself. Fat requires very few calories—it just kind of sits there)
You may not feel the effects of being overweight and inactive now.. but you most definitely will see how your lifestyle takes a toll on your body as early as your 40 ‘s. From coronary heart disease, to diabetes, to cancers.. these diseases can all be prevented with proper lifestyle changes. Why wait till then, when it’s too late? If you start the process early on, it will only be that much easier.
(See the effects of obesity here.)
So before you commit to hiring a trainer ask yourself these questions:
• Am I ready to give up certain foods/ habits?
• Am I willing to make time to exercise on a weekly basis?
• Am I willing to avoid situations that can throw me off-plan?
• Am I willing to put my health first and not ‘cheat’ myself for a moment of satisfaction?
If you can answer yes to all these then you are willing to commit to a new & healthier lifestyle. This is when a trainer can be your best investment. Because you will be focused on your goals, you will take accountability for your actions, you will be able to follow your trainer’s program and trust that the process will work.
And then the magic will happen!
MISERABLE!!! Best word to describe me 98% of the time.
So it’s been about a month. I thought I had it bad then..pffftttt, that was nothing.
I get ‘evening sickness’ almost every damn evening.. My diet has been reduced to mostly bland foods or sweet ones. My energy levels are so bad that I’m lucky if I get 2 workouts in a week 😫. ( I struggle to get a decent nights sleep!)
Needless to say I have been in the gym mostly to train my clients then I usually go home to rest for a bit.
The days where I find I have a bit of energy I drag myself to a cardio machine for a warmup which honestly feels more like a marathon to me. Then I’ll do some weights.
4 more weeks and I should be clear of the miseries of the first trimester. I pray that my energy levels are better than now.
I must say though.. Last Friday we had a team training session. All the trainers did a crossfit workout.. And I survived through it. No one at work knows about my bun in the oven (though my boss has his suspicions) so I had no ‘excuse’ to not do the workout.
I had to take a few extra breaks but I managed to do pretty good..
That was the highlight of my week! 😁
So the past couple weeks have literally been a rollercoaster. One moment I’m feeling great and full of energy and ready for a killer workout, so I put my game face on and step into the iron jungle… BRING IT!!!
Next moment I’m feeling like I’ve been run over and reversed onto by a dump truck 😫. Needless to say these past couple weeks I have struggled through, especially with my workouts. I’m lucky if I get 3 workouts in a week.
The joys of pregnancy hit me in the late afternoon/ early evening, where I find myself feeling extremely nauseous and at times a bit dizzy. I have been feeling more irritated lately and will admit at losing my cool at times ( I’m hoping those who are at the receiving end of it remember that is not really me!!)
I find myself WOOSAHH- ing to try and calm myself down.
With regards to my clients.. I struggle through the hour with them.. Alot of times holding my breath or even mouth-breathing so as not to catch a whiff of them ( super-human sense of smell= not fun when you deal with sweaty people for an hour :(). I really hope I don’t look disgusted.. I’ve been told many times I’m not subtle when it comes to my facial expressions.
Today I can barely move. I might have overdone it with my leg workout yesterday. Thank god today is a quit day for me.. Only 3 clients to deal with.
Yesterday’s Leg Workout:
Barbell squats, ass to grass 4 sets x10reps x70pds
Kettlebell single leg deadlift 4sets x10reps x45pds superset with
Lying leg curl 4sets x12reps x70pds
Dumbbell rear crossover lunge 4sets x10reps x60pds
Seated calf extension 4sets x15reps x50pds
Seated leg extension 4 sets x10reps x90pds
I have a few more weeks till I’m done with the first trimester. I have hope for the second trimester as my nausea should subside (crossing my fingers!!) by then.
Ohh did I mention I have gained 5pds already :oops:.. Healthy weight gain is 4-6pds in the first trimester. I’m hoping I can keep to that.. 1 more month to go, we’ll see what happens.
This week was good, managed to hit the weights 3 days this week. DOMS hit me hard on Wednesday (following leg day).. Could barely walk the next day..and I’m still feeling stiff!
It’s weird how one day I feel totally fine, the next I get full blown morning sickness, dizziness and all that fun stuff 😳
And man oh man am I HUNGRY!! I usually eat every three hours but lately after an hour & a half I’m looking for something to munch on.
And some of my ‘choices’ aren’t on the healthy side (yikes!!): gingerale- I’m not a pop drinker; coco puffs cereal- I don’t eat cereal; cookies- ok I admit that I have indulged from time to time on cookies… I try to control these cravings as best I can.
My workouts this week:
1.Seated shoulder press 5x 10x 50pds
2.Lateral raise 4x 12x 30pds
3.Rear delt flyes 4x 15x 40pds
4.Front delt raise 3x 10x 24pds
1.Deadlifts 5x 12x 80pds
2.Leg press 4x 12x 360pds (yay!)
3.Kettlebell s.l deadlift 3x 10x 40pds
4.Leg extension 5x 12x 90pds
Today- back & triceps
1. Tbar row 4x 12x 35pds
2. Lat pull down 4x 10x 85pds
3. Assissted Pull-ups 4x 10x 40pds
4. Seated cable row 4x 15x 75pds
5. Incline barbell tricep extension 5x12x 35pds
6. Reverse grip cable tricep pull down 4x 12x 25pds
7a. Overhead d.b tricep extension 2x 15x 25pds
7b. Dips 2×10
Ohh and I will add that I went for an ultrasound on Thursday and I heard a heart beat ❤.. Didnt think I would this early, but technology works wonders 🙂
That is all for today