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Strength training...WOW

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

For the past year I have been the cardio queen hiking/walking 2 to 3 hours a day in hilly terrain with very little results either scale or size wise and I have also struggled with getting strength training done. I would find a new plan, book or DVD and do it once maybe twice a week and then drop it again. Towards the end of the year I came across a flyer for a personal trainer, I live in a very small town personal trainers are in extremely short supply, anyway I turned it over in my mind for a couple of months and decided to give Lindsay a call. January 26th I went for a fitness assessment and signed up for two one hour sessions per week for six weeks. I am now at the end of my six weeks and WOW I'm so glad I invested in myself in this way. The weight loss has been minimal about 3 pounds but my body occupies a less space, clothes are much roomier. I feel stronger and I walk and sit taller. Besides the two hours a week I'm with Lindsay she also gives me homework, two more hours with kettle bells, flexibility yoga and a change up in my cardio routine. I still walk and hour a day (I have canine companions that demand it) but I have also started a running program, on the treadmill until I can get outside without snow boots.
Best of all I have renewed sense of general well being and enthusiasm for this weight loss journey that I have been on for oh so long.
I'm a Care Aide in a long term care facility and I see everyday what the results of good and bad habits are ...the people with healthy diets and active lifestyle generally arrive at a much older age.
At the three month mark I do another fitness assessment I can't wait.
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    Lori I am with you on the same page only you are moving much faster with a trainer !! I too can feel a difference in how I sit and I am wondering why did I wait so long to do this ??? I know you will get much better results being younger and you are doing a lot more than me but I am THRILLED for you ! Can't wait to hear your results also !! I know you will ROCK this !!

    2660 days ago
  • LE7_1234
    Thanks for the inspiration. I'm really struggling with adding strength training, even though I know all about the benefits....
    2661 days ago
    I struggle with trying to figure out a strength plan to do. Give me cardio any day lol. I am limited since I can't go to a gym or get a trainer.
    2661 days ago
    Strength training is so very important! I am glad you found a routine and instructor that works for you. You are doing AWESOME!!!

    Keep pumping that iron! emoticon
    2661 days ago
    Wow!! That's awesome! What a great investment in yourself. So glad you took the chance. Looks like it has paid for itself much over.

    Keep up the great work! Can't wait to see how the running and continued strength training continue to change you. :)

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    2661 days ago
    That is extremely admirable. You have made significant strides in a relatively short time span. You are wearing me out just hearing all that you do! Way to go!!! emoticon emoticon
    2662 days ago
    That is awesome! The thing I love with ST is how strong I feel, especially when I know it's time to go up in pound size of weight
    2662 days ago
    That is awesome, I added some strength training and while limited it helps. Also the more you lose the better you look when you are in better shape. Anyway congrats and good luck!
    2662 days ago
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    Woohoo! That's awesome! I have been struggling with being consistent with strength training myself, which is why I'm trying to do that month long plan with those sparkpeople DVDs, which has a different workout for me to do each day. I am hoping like you I will see results as you said , "my body taking up less space"! Love that! I want that!

    Continued success to you!
    2662 days ago
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