Personal training #1

I did it. I survived my first personal training workout. Barely, and I'm sore all over, but I did it.

Trainer's first words to me: "Do you know what burpees are?" I knew from there that it was going to be rough. "I can't do burpees," I kind of laughed at him, but he made me try. And I did 30. So. "What can't you do?" he asked me after I'd finished the first set of 10. Not something I would've started out with myself, but that's why trainers are there to push you.

10 minutes elliptical
40 squats
30 burpees
40 deadlifts
2 minutes of mountain climbers
Some other stuff that I am most definitely forgetting
Plus core work at the end and cooling down on the treadmill

It was hard. I got lightheaded and had to take a break. But hey, as I said to him, "In a month we're going to look back at this and be like, 'Hey, remember that first session I barely made it through?'" I just gotta keep working towards improving. I'll get there sooner than I think.

In addition to personal training yesterday morning, my roommate and I started a 30 day yoga challenge. Follow along if you'd like. It feels good to be getting back to yoga, I've always loved it and it improves my back immensely. As for my back, I feel I actually do need professional help and need to book an appointment with a chiropractor... but just to start. Just to get back to not being in immense pain in the mornings. Then I can do it on my own. Just need a little help to start on the path to recovery.

Next personal training session is on Tuesday and hopefully it'll be at least a little easier to get through? I'm not asking for easy, just not liking the feeling of dying during. Haha.

Look who's back, back again

Well, it's been a while. So long that I've undone all the progress I made a few years ago. Well, that happens sometimes. Oops?

Things have changed in other ways. I'm back to living in Chicago (which is one of the reasons I got unfit again, couldn't afford a gym), I'm happier here and love seeing my friends but it is expensive! I still miss my gym buddies and personal trainer in Rhode Island, but I'm getting things set up here finally.

Hence, the resurrection of this blog! Sunday, prompted by the return of my back pain (due to inactivity), I joined a gym *and* signed up for personal training! I had my first training session yesterday, which was just weight and measurements and going over goals and history and stuff. The numbers are not at all what I wanted to see, but it's only down from here on out!

I've got my first *workout* session with my trainer on Saturday, and I'm excited. In the meantime, I have the task of getting my eating back on track. I've got a really healthy meal plan for today at least, so it's a start!

Anyway, just a brief update to say I'm back and more motivated than ever. Have a great day!