How I Will Make Time for Workouts

imageOn Friday, I had a 30-minute session with my personal trainer at 6:30 am. (Yes, 6:30 am).  I hadn’t done that in a few years, so I wasn’t sure if I could adjust. My body is already programmed to wake up at 6:00 am for work; if I know that I need to get up, I will usually wake up a little earlier anyway.

My session started with a 5-minute warm-up on the treadmill followed by push-ups, leg presses, and other exercises.  The majority of them was easy to moderate.  I was able to work up a good sweat.  I felt awesome as I drove to work.  Being a wife and working mother, 6:30 am is an excellent option twice weekly, with my third weekly workout being after work or on Saturday.

In the past month, I’ve lost 3 pounds. I eat well-balanced meals, healthier snacks, like fruit or nuts, and I drink a cup of green tea everyday. I make sure that I drink enough water during the day…8-10 glasses per day.  I will still meet with a dietician. He contacted me and sent a questionnaire to fill out before we meet.  I’ve decided to go with private training sessions. If I’m not working with the same one, he will be able to match me with a compatible trainer.

Will You Follow Me on my Fitness Journey?

imageLast month after having my yearly physical, I found out that I am pre-diabetic. That means that I am at risk for getting diabetes in the next 2 years.  I do have a family history of it, and I also gained 11 pounds this past year.  It’s time for a change!

I took my first step today and started working with a personal trainer. It was a great session. I truly have to be disciplined in all areas.  I work at a place that has free lunch often, chocolate laying around, and everything in the vending machines is $0.25.  Since I don’t have a lot of time, I’ll be working out at 6:30am at least twice a week. Working out 3 days per week is the only way that I can realistically achieve my goals. I’ll be following up with my doctor in 6 months, so I want a positive report.

I’ll also be meeting with a dietician. He will be able to tell me which foods I can eat and which ones to avoid. I know mostly what’s “bad”, but I would like another prospective.  I’ll need some guidance in the beginning, so I have to decide if one-on-one sessions are best, or would group sessions work best for me. It’s always nice to have others on that journey with you. I will keep you updated on my progress. Maybe even motivate some of you out there.  I look forward to this weight loss and diabetes-free journey.

Should You Take Vitamins?

I had my annual eye exam last week.  Each time that I go, my doctor always asks me about any medications that I’m currently taking.  I currently take two medications for high blood pressure (it’s hereditary and controlled) and a multivitamin. My doctor was happy that I take vitamins.  Some doctors will tell you that you don’t need them.  Of course, you need to have a healthy diet and get some exercise first and foremost.  However, I’ve noticed that since I’ve been taking a multivitamin for the past month, I’ve had more energy.  I’m not a spring chicken anymore.  I need to keep up with my 2-year old who is in play mode 24/7.

If you take vitamins, make sure that they offer maximum absorption and antioxidant protection.  In other words, don’t buy them from the dollar store.  The dollar store has a lot of great stuff like coloring books and storage bags, but vitamins isn’t one of them.  Cheaper doesn’t always mean better.