I mentioned last week (here) my financial commitment to personal training with J at my gym. Our first session of the 20 purchased is Thursday morning, and I am actually kind of excited about it. Which is such an odd thing for me to say and genuinely mean, because I generally hate all forms of exercise.
Part of it is the personal attention I get, the demonstrations, the gentle corrections and encouragement. Plus it is just nice to have someone to work out with and tell me if I am doing it right or doing it wrong. But the last several days I have thought about it and what it means to me, and I have come up with a game plan for my 20 sessions. Counting ahead on the calendar, if we meet weekly for the next 20 weeks it takes us right into the middle of December. This timing appeals to me on multiple levels. I will be able to take a natural break with the holiday season and I have until the end of the year to marshall funds (aka save my spending cash) to purchase another training package. Plus it’s a manageable timeframe: start on Thursday (August 6) end on or around December 17. That is also C’s birthday week and we anticipate being in Disneyland, eating chocolate soft serve at California Adventure and strawberry topped funnel cake at Disneyland (but let’s not think or discuss that openly right now while we are trying to get a handle on diet and exercise). Either way, I have a plan mapped out for these 20 sessions.
This got me thinking about my 80 days of summer goals and reporting. It’s been gratifying seeing some progress, and since I think about and write about my ups and downs with my health-related goals, this feels like another natural extension of setting and (hopefully) achieving overall health and wellness goals. I have a few very general things I would like to accomplish, but mostly I truly appreciate the feedback, support, and suggestions I receive.
For a hot quarter second I thought about a second blog and very quickly dismissed the idea. Just selecting a theme and layout and such would cause additional stress and fretting. Nope, better to leave it here, maybe on it’s own page or something.
Although I anticipate moving to Tuesday or Wednesday meetings with J sometime later this month, this week we are scheduled for Thursday, so my posts about the sessions and my updates on goals will will post on Fridays. This does not mean there will not be other news and posts with my whiney lamentations about what I’m eating (or not eating) and the trauma and drama that comes with me and physical fitness. I am now equally hopeful for posts with success stories – maybe I finally, successfully, master the dreaded plank! – and that I make it through with no injuries to anything more than my pride.
And with this, my weekend is drawing to a close. It’s been most fun, awfully tiring, and M has smoked, wrapped, and now frozen about 30 lbs. of beef brisket while we feasted on salad all weekend. The kitchen smells heavenly, though, and sometimes a pretty sparse vegetarian life makes me appreciate that I am not a vegetarian in real life.