So for the first time in my life I have a personal trainer.
I had my first training session. I bought five hours. He said, “How about we make that 10 half-hours?” I already liked him just for this alone. Then he worked with me for around 45 minutes.
We were alone in the aerobics room, so I didn’t have to worry about being around the muscular, young folks on the machines. Because of my back and knees I thought he’d be gentle. No way. I sweated my buns off (wish that was literal), which was great, but he knew exactly what to do that wouldn’t cause me pain. He is a certified athletic trainer, and works through QMG’s Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Department. I needed someone with a good medical background.
We did stretches, a lot of floor work, and push ups against the ballet barre. I used five-pound weights in each hand to do some upper body work. He told me to buy a yoga mat and five-pound weights for home. So I did. I’m to do the exercises once a day and the stretches twice a day. For now, he and I are meeting twice a week, on Mondays and Wednesdays.
Now that I’ve taken this first step, it’s really up to me, isn’t it? I mean, a trainer can only do so much. I’m the one who has to commit to doing the real work. It’s a bit daunting. I mean, I just looked and it’s been three weeks since I lost a pound. That’s just ludicrous. I’m still a vegan, but eating a lot of junk food. So I now have no “bad” food in my house. I think I’ve done this before, but hope I have the gumption to stick with it this time.
I’ve really been enjoying FBLTs with fresh tomatoes (finally). FBLTs are Fake BLTs. I use veggie bacon, which I’ve come to love, especially since I found a vegan brand. The one I used to love has its first ingredient as milk. That probably was the hardest food to give up when I changed from vegetarian to vegan, but I did it. When I found the vegan bacon I just knew it wasn’t going to be as good, but surprisingly it is. I fry it in my cast iron skillet and it gets nice and crispy, and yummy. (It’s LightLife veggie bacon. They’re the same people who make my favorite veggie dogs—LightLife Smart Dogs.) And most of the prepared breads in grocery stories are made with whey—a milk product. So I’ve been buying freshly made bread from Panera Bread Company (where I write my books) or from grocery stores with in-house bakeries.
It’s going a lot more slowly than I’d anticipated, but I’m getting there. At least I’m not going backward. Keep me in your thoughts. I still have 82 pounds to go.