Priorities – One Member’s Journey to Fitting in Exercise (Chronicles of a Boot Camp Newbie #2)
I have a busy life (like most people) and a hit and miss history when it comes to working out. As the single mother of an eight year old, I have tried to make a habit of getting up at 5:15 to get work out before my daughter gets up and the day gets out of control. My goal has always been weight management as well as trying to build some muscle. Osteoporosis runs in my family and I know that strength-training can help ward off problems. Oh, and did I mention I am starting to develop the dreaded turkey arms? As I approach 40, I’m definitely noticing that staying toned is going to become more and more of an issue and I’d like to stay ahead of it if I possibly can.
On the eating side of things, I am somewhat of an experimenter. I love learning about nutrition, different ways of eating and how good foods can keep you healthy and prevent disease. Although my weight is always a concern, I’m also looking to still be healthy and active in my later years and I know that eating the right things plays a key role in that. Over the years, I’ve developed some great habits and tend to eat very little sugar or processed foods and I love vegetables! My issue when it comes to eating is that I never know how much to eat. I know sometimes I eat too little, then I have days where I really want to splurge and just can’t stop myself. I’d love to see how much exactly (or as close to it as possible) my body needs to maintain weight and how much to lose a few pounds a week. I tend to always be about 5-7 pounds over what I want to be.
I’m excited to start working with Missy on a one-on-one basis to fuel my workouts at home and help me get the most out of the boot camp classes I can fit into my schedule. I just started my own business and even if I have the classes written in my planner, it seems that something always comes up that I need to take care of. Then if I can’t make class, I try to squeeze in a workout at home but often feel like I am not maximizing my time there because I’m using the wrong form. Meeting with Missy individually will really help me to take my fitness to the next level, whether I am performing those workouts at home or in the boot camp environment. I have a trip planned to Mexico with my daughter and dad in January, so I would really like to get into bikini-shape before then! My other goals are to be able to do 20 push-ups (the real kind), which is going to be difficult because I have trouble building strength in my arms and shoulders and to lose my ‘muffin-top’. I’m also excited to learn more about macro-nutrients and how they play into my diet and find some ways to jumpstart my metabolism. I’ve never worked with a personal trainer on a regular basis before, so I’m really just looking forward to the entire process. I’m all yours, Missy!!
Till next time – Member Anonymous