So a few weeks ago I started training with a personal trainer, also known as Satan. Oh and before you jump all over me for calling her Satan know this, she said it was OK. OK. She didn't actually say it was OK, but she did send me a funny story where the ending line calls the trainer in the story Satan. So, I'm assuming that it's OK, and that's what I'm going with. Satan.
Anyway, when I started working out with Satan I was a little intimidated. She's this tiny little woman who is totally in shape and seems to have just had the most audacious work out every time I talk to her. On one hand I was happy that she is an in shape trainer, because you know we've all seen them...the fat trainers.
Nobody wants a fat trainer.
If I wanted a fat trainer, I'd train myself. You know what I'm saying?
But on the other hand, because she's in such good shape, she is totally intimidating. It is probably because I know for a fact that all in shape people in their spare time, spend time thinking of new, glorious ways to mock the little people, the little people being the fatter, less attractive people like myself.
No really. It's true. I heard it from some expert some where.
Anyway, she's totally tiny and in shape. The first workout with her I practically passed out. Sure I didn't eat before I went, apparently a monster no-no, but despite my mistake, her work out was a killer. I think I may have come close to passing out even if had remembered breakfast that morning. I don't think I've ever worked out that hard before, and my last work out partner was a former trainer.
4 weeks later and I'm to the point where I'm starting to feel a difference. I'm not really seeing a difference yet. Apparently I have to start eating better or something so you can see the muscles underneath my fat, but I'm feeling a difference. Those reverse crunches are finally starting to get easier.
In fact, I actually did three sets of 5 pull-ups last Friday.
OK. They were supported pull-ups.
And I had to climb up a step to get to the hanging bar.
And they were apparently nothing compared the 60 unsupported pull-ups my trainer had done recently which caused her to be unable to straighten out her arms when she woke up the next day.
But hey, I did 15 supported pull-ups. And I don't care what anyone else says, that's pretty darn awesome.
In the spirit of awesome, here are some of my favorite sites I go to when I'm looking for a little fitness and diet motivation.
Mrs. McGillicutty's Favorite Fitness/Diet Sites
1. The Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans: This site offers a great community of lovely, supportive ladies. They are constantly having challenges whether they be diet or work out challenges, and most importantly the writers on the site seem like real people. There is nothing worse for me than looking for support and finding only what I call Workout Nazis who have never finished off an entire container of Oreo's in a single day. If you haven't done that, than how can you possibly motivate someone like me? Agreed?
2. Couch to 5K: I've always wanted to run a 5K, but being the truly honest person that I am, I have to tell you that I've never been able to run more than a block at time in my entire life. Yes, even when I when I was my itty, bitty tiny self in high school. I am not an athlete. But this program, this program is doable, for everyone, even the master couch potatoes like myself.
3. Oxygen Magazine: OK, OK. I know I mentioned above that I can't stand the Workout Nazis, and this magazine is filled with them. But if you can get past the Nazis, what you find is a magazine that has actually edible recipes that are great for your health, and having had the subscription for years I can honestly say that never once has there been a month where I haven't learned something new or seen a new variation on a specific work out. I personally think it's the best fitness magazine out there.
4. American Dietetic Association: If you are like me you are constantly trying to find the right eating regimen for you that will help you reach your goals. But for me, it's more important that I feel good than be really, really skinny. So before I start any new diet program, and boy howdy I've tried a lot, I go to this site to look for reviews, and to remind myself of all of the important nutritional requirements that my body needs. This site is a great jumping off place to do just that.
5. Calorie Counter Database: For me counting calories is what I have found to be the most effective way to watch my weight. And no matter what, when I'm out and about, this site is my go to site for quickly looking up calorie counts to see if in fact, I have enough calories left over for that dessert at dinner time.
Our Weekly RHOK Star Goals:
~~Mrs. McGillicutty: I tend to get very obsessed with the scale whenever I'm trying to reach a goal. I either spend my time after each weigh in berating myself, which is never good, or celebrating with food which is totally moronic. So, this week I'm staying off of the scale until next Tuesday. I may have to have Mr. McGillicutty hide it in order to accomplish my goal, but "whatever it takes" is my motto this week to make that goal happen.
~~Mrs. Albright: Hi, Ladies! Remember my goal two weeks ago? You know the one where I was supposed to work out three times that week? Well, I finally ( sort of) attained that goal this week. I made it to Pilates TWICE! It hurt. But it didn't hurt as badly as I thought it might. I still had some left-over strength from when I got in shape last summer, I guess. My stomach muscles were sore for a few days, but I liked it! Yes, I said I LIKED IT! I love feeling like I got something from my workout.
My goal last week was to not drink any pop all week. Well, again, I failed. And, not only did I fail, but I failed the day we posted!!! I forgot and ordered a diet Coke with my Happy Meal! Duh!
I'm down 3 lbs. since we started this and I still have more I want to lose. I'm going to retry last weeks' goal again this week! No pop starting tomorrow. Let's see if by not drinking pop I can lose 2 lbs. this week. Of course, if I don't lose (or I gain) it will totally be because I'm building my muscle back up in Pilates! I'm just sayin'....
So we've showed you ours, now why don't you show us yours?
You can do it.
And remember that we all do better with accountability! Also, if you have a healthy recipe or tips that you'd like featured here on The RHOK, please send it to The RHOK. We'd love some feedback here ladies. We are here to support YOU!