Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Making a committment to me

MizFit's recent post on exercise gurus reminded me of something I wanted to share. Since I can't work out with Jillian Michaels (it would probably kill me anyway), I've decided to take advantage of a local guru I really respect.

I have been working on ramping up my exercise program, but last week I had a setback. I took an easy day and then the next day, I found I had somehow strained an inner thigh muscle. I'm still not sure how that happened. Then my old shoulder problems flared up again. I haven't been doing strength training, other than some Pilates classes, and had been telling myself that I was going to fit that in once I had the cardio routine going. I think I need to figure it out, because these weird traveling injuries are what got me sidetracked the last time around.

I decided to skip my planned swim yesterday because I didn't want to aggravate the shoulders. I did a Pilates mat class at a nearby yoga and Pilates studio I really like. Instead of buying a membership, you pay by the class or service. If I had more money, I would live in that place. I can already tell that the Pilates class helped -- my shoulders feel much better today.

While I was there I talked to the owner about a special they're running, which is a discounted package of three personal training sessions and five classes. I think that getting some expert advice could help -- I have a Y membership, and I try to create workout plans for myself, but I think I need someone to help me figure out how to fit everything together and make sure my plan is balanced. The first personal training session would be a fitness evaluation. I'm just waiting to hear from the owner when she can fit me into her schedule. If they can develop a plan for me, maybe I can put my various memberships to better use and use my time more effectively.

With my current employment situation, I have the luxury of a lot of flexibility in my schedule for the next few months. I think I need to take advantage of that time to get really focused on my goals.

I'm looking forward (and a little nervous about) the evaluation. I'll be sure to let you all know how it goes.

P.S. (Sorry for the double post, RSS readers) I almost forgot. I got contacted through the Jillian Michaels site by someone looking for a fitness buddy. I suggested that she start a blog, because I have found a lot of support from mine. I hope you'll go say hi to Sharon and give her some encouragement!


  1. oooh i've been thinkin about getting a PT of late....i think it'd REALLY help...and worth the sacrifice of pride!!

    Keep us posted

    love BFP


  2. I think a personal trainer is a great idea. It is always nice to have someone help you set up a plan. Have Fun!

  3. Your attitude is going to pay off. I can tell you're optomistic and up for the challenge. Good luck!

  4. Jen - Thanks for the plug for my blog. I can honestly say the comments are very helpful - I like that feeling of support.

    I would love to have someone evaluate my routine. Sometimes I am not sure I am doing the right things. Good luck. Sharon

  5. I think you will love it (thx for the link) and loathe it all at the same time :)

    I clearly recall the nervousness of new client when they arrived for the eval (the loathe) but a GOOD TRAINER can IMMEDIATELY put you at ease and make it all painless and, if they are goood, fun!

    cant wait to hear about it.


"Count your calories, work out when you can, and try to be good to yourself. All the rest is bulls**t." -- Jillian Michaels at BlogHer '07