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Why I Joined A Gym And Got A Personal Trainer

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Why I Joined A Gym And Got A Personal Trainer

I’ve never been a physically strong person.  For most of my life I could eat anything I wanted and not gain a pound.  After having my kids, I went on Weight Watchers to lose the baby fat.   I love how great I felt but I was still not physically strong.  I had very minimal lean muscle.  Don’t get me wrong, if I wanted that piece of furniture moved, I was moving it, with or without help.   Maybe that’s why I have back problems?

Then 2 years ago I was diagnosed with heart PVC’s (premature ventricular contractions).   It’s not life threatening, but rather annoying at times.  I’ve since learned the foods/drinks that trigger an increase in my heart rhythm.  I knew I didn’t want to be on meds the rest of my life, which I tried for a while and only noticed side effects, but no real difference in my heart rhythm.  So I opted to do a catheter ablation procedure.  I’m the one who doesn’t like needles, so opting to do this was a big step for me.  The procedure involved a catheter going up through my leg, to my heart.   The goal was to find the trouble spot and burn it, to kill the trigger problem.  The doctor couldn’t give me too much ‘twilight’ meds because it would slow down my heart too much and they would’t be able to find the problem area.  Sadly I was awake on the operating table for 4+ hours while they tried unsuccessfully to find the area of concern.  Watching a catheter moving around your heart on 5 different monitors is not something everyone gets to say they got to see…LIVE!  lol   I guess I’m the 5% of the population this procedure didn’t work on.  My husband now jokes about me being a “5 percenter”.  I joke I can’t do the yard work b/c I have a heart condition. 🙂

Here I am putting on my happy face before they wheel me in!

Heart Prodecure Before

I wasn’t going to let the failure of that procedure get me down. It was time to take matters into my own hands.

I’ve started walking while I work and eating better.   My heart doesn’t bother me like it did a year and a half ago.

But that darn sweet tooth is still my downfall.  I’m rolling toward 40 and I am not going to take it laying down!  The weight sneaks up on me and I need to reign it in.

In January I posted about pulling my self out of the trenches.  So many of you offered encouragement, support and mutual understanding.   For that I am grateful.

I am not a runner but I have tried.  I actually hate cardio training but I’m working on that.   I know several people including my sister, who have had a personal trainer.  She recently did Tough Mudder with her hubby and is such an inspiration to me.

For 2 years I have put off getting a personal trainer because of the costs involved.  This year was my year to get it done.  After all, we save money where we can, so we can do the things we want/need.  And I felt this was a NEED, for ME.

I have several goals:

  • Learn how to properly strength train without injuring myself.
  • Working out with some accountability
  • Strengthening my lower back and my heart (my dr says my PVC’s stop while I’m exercising – per the stress tests)
  • Working out helps me eat better (win win)
  • Gain lean muscle and lose fat
  • Enjoy a health lifestyle and be a role model for my kids

We’ve started bike riding as a family on the weekends.  Sometimes that’s a bike ride to get breakfast, but it’s a start. 🙂

Last year I did the Lozilu Mud run with my sister and I survived!

mud run

And I can’t believe she’s talked me into another run!  Tomorrow my son, my sister and I will be participating in Muckfest.  My sister says this one is way more fun and my son even requested to do it with us.  I’m actually very excited.  I’m excited to see if I feel better running this than I did last year.  I know I slowed my sister down last year.  Hopefully I don’t this year…but hey, sisters understand like that.  And I can play the heart card…lol just kidding.

What’s better than a little family bonding, supporting a good cause, and getting a little dirty?  BRING IT!