I Feel Great…Sore, But Great!!!

Ok, so I got on the scale last week to a horrible discovery…I am the heaviest I have ever weighed. I mean, I know I haven’t felt the greatest lately and I have been consuming quite a lot of junk, but I had no idea. I was sad, angry and determined all at the same time.

You might recall that at the beginning of the year Neil and I did an 8-week challenge. We ate clean and I was “exercising”. Let’s just say I didn’t work to my fullest potential. If I felt one twinge in my knee or any other slight ache or pain, I was done. So, I felt the pain, but didn’t stick around long enough to see the gain.

I spoke with Neil about it, and he decided to train with me in the gym in our condo building. He hasn’t been to his gym in a while due to health reasons, so this is a perfect way to get him back into the swing of things. Neil has been lifting weights and studying about nutrition since before high school, he is always up on the latest things and can tell you what will work and what won’t. I have decided to put myself in his hands.

First up, I had to tell him how much I actually weigh…can you say mortifying? After that was out of the way, we came up with a calorie consumption plan based on what I do want to weigh and made plans to hit the gym Monday afternoon. I went to sleep with images of a buff Tracie dancing in my head.

Day 1 he put me through an all-around program that hit all body parts using the multi station gym machine. I did all exercises at 15 pounds (the lightest weight) to get the proper form down and really, because I can barely use 10 lb. dumbbells and I didn’t want to look like an idiot. With the support of the machine, it felt really easy. I know I was doing the work, but the stabilizing of the machine helped a lot.

We worked out 4 days this week and yesterday I had 25 lbs. on the machine for most exercises!! Neil keeps saying I have been holding out on him, but I can still only do 8-10 lbs. with the dumbbells. I am sore, but I feel great. It’s in a I did a full day’s work, and I can be proud of my accomplishment kind of sore.

I have been keeping my food in check with a calorie counter. I am not obsessive about it. I use it to keep my portions in check, because that is a major problem for me. And I have found out that I can be satisfied with a proper portion for most things. Instead of heaping my plate full, I do one portion. If I am still actually hungry, not just eating to eat, I will take another half portion. It’s easier than I thought it would be.

This whole week has been easier than I thought it would be. I think that is because I was honest with Neil and finally handed over to him the one thing I was embarrassed about. It was my hang up, not his. I really think I am going to get into this lifting weights thing. I have no intention of looking like a dude, but there are a lot of females out there pulling heavy weight and looking great…watch out ladies, here I come.

***Question for the comments…Do you work out? What is your favorite type of exercise to do? One of my favorites is still a good old Billy Blanks Tae Bo workout.

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