Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Session 2 with the Trainer

Weight: 118
Body Fat: 28%

I decided to add in my fat percentage. We have one of those scales that gives weight and fat percentage and since it's one of the recommended brands, it's fairly accurate. I believe, though, that even if the accuracy isn't 100%, it's still valuable for tracking as long as I am always using the same scale.

I lost two pounds, yay! Nothing will happen that quickly again, most likely, haha! I tried eating 1200-1400 calories a day and was pretty miserable all week. The trainer said I can do some more so I am not starving all day long and gave me some recommendations on healthy, filling snacks. It was a good experience trying to keep my calories so low, though. I had to be aware of portion size and I had to make sure that what calories I ate would stick with me. I also starting buying groceries a little differently, much to Mike's dismay. :) Actually, Mike has been ridiculously supportive. He's even started watching his food intake so I am not doing it alone. All in all, there hasn't been much complaining from either of us except that I mope around sometimes like a zombie going "huuuuuuuuuuuuuunnnnngryyyyyyyyyy" and I am watching my white bread in the form of rolls intake. We eat oat bread for sandwiches so I didn't have to make a dramatic switch there.

Anyway, I did a lot of work on machines today. I've never really done anything on machines so it was a whole different experience. Judging from the range of exercises we did today, I believe I'm going to come out of this with quite a bit more upper body strength, which has always been one of my big weaknesses. I'm pretty excited. A lot of my old probleams reared their ugly heads. I don't have great posture (too much computer sitting) and I tend to hold a LOT of tension in my neck. I'm sure, though, that once I'm not so nervous and once I get used to it, that will resolve itself.

We also did some new core exercises. We're really building up gently and in a healthy manner. I liked what she had me doing. Jonna also introduced me to a bosu ball. Mike's parents use one when they trained but I had never done anything with it. This is what it looks like:
BOSU, Rotational Discs and Foam Pads

I did some standing and just alternating my feet. Then once my legs stopped shaking and I got my bearings, I was able to do some side stepping with the ball and also some lunges. Very cool stuff. I think that the bosu ball training will be really good for me. Eventually, once my core is stronger, I'll be able to turn the bosu ball over and use it like a balance board. Cool stuff!

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