...And it wasn't that expensive! Retro Fitness recently opened up in my town and being that the gym is literally 2 minutes away from my house, I felt compelled to join.
I need to get back into shape. Not because I want to look svelt and feel sexy, but because my extra weight is hurting my health. Seriously. I was on the fence of joining the gym, but once I saw they had a large price range for sessions with the personal trainers, I decided it was time to get serious.
My first session was with the head PT. We went over my body fat (35.8%!!) and my weight (GTFO IF YOU THINK I AM TELLING YOU). Basically, I gained close to 70lbs between now and when I graduated high school in 2007. My body fat was in the danger zone for my age and gosh damn it I just want to be able to enjoy working out again. He also informed me that once women turn 25, losing weight becomes harder than ever!
You see, I'm an athlete. Er... was one. If you wanted to label me in high school, I was a jock. I was captain of the cheerleading team and captain of the field team for track & field. I could do back flips at the drop of a hat and I was even a state champion for my division in shot put, throwing that 5 (or was it 8?) pound ball further than almost 30 other girls. I was a freaking athlete.
But somewhere between then and now, I got caught up in other things and forgot to focus on the most important thing: me. I'm picking up the pieces of myself and putting them back together. I see my trainer twice a week and told him that I want to look like Jennifer Hudson in a year. He laughed, but he doesn't know I'm not kidding.
I was forced to keep a food diary before my initial meeting with my PT Dan. I was afraid of what he would say once he saw what I ate. However, it turns out I am a rather healthy eater and as long as I put the Nutella down at night, the weight will come off. I'm big on eating fruit, veggies, whole grain and fiber—I am obsessed with Fiber One Cereal.
It's been a learning experience. I'm learning to eat better. Instead of eating three medium to big meals a day, I eat more frequently with four to six tiny meals. This is great because I love food!! But it's been torture because it doesn't mean I can snack four to six times a day, it means I have to eat real wholesome meals that are beneficial to my health.
So yeah. That's what I've been up to these past couple weeks. I think this is the best approach to dealing with my body weight and body image issues. I need to do it the correct and healthy way because really, there is no other way.