Thursday, January 9, 2014

Getting Into Shape in 2014

Some of you may have been following my escapades at Life Time Gym for the past few months.  I have been trying, and at times I feel succeeding, my journey to get into shape for the spring/summer of 2014.  AND, it hasn't been easy.

When I first joined the gym, I thought I knew what I was doing so for a few months I tackled an exercise routine on my own.  I was fortunate that the Gym provided support for new members with a Personal Trainer.  Well, it so happens that this old broad was a little more stubborn that these young Trainers could handle.  The first young lady -- very nice and polite as all begone -- just told me what she would have her mother do.  Well, she was just too kind and I took advantage of this.  After a couple of sessions with her I realized that I wasn't getting anywhere.  So, found Personal Trainer number 2.  This one was recommended to me by my hubby.  I will insert something here - my hubby and I are polar opposites.  He did fine, and once again, I had a Trainer that was uncomfortable in pushing me do something that he KNEW was good for me.  And my subborn streak would show up and it was once again "NO".  Before I got to really know this young man, he left the gym.  (And, no, I don't think it was my fault) 

Now, I continued my journey.  Because I have been in the 'people' field for most of my life I decided that I was going to watch the Trainers that were already working with Clients.  I felt that maybe I could find someone that would be a good fit for my personality.  Now, that's not an easy task.  One young man always stood out in the crowd.  Not only is about 6 feet 5 inches tall, but built like a Mac Truck.  I watched him closely, almost like I was stalking him, for about 2 months and then I decided that I had had enough of not producing results and approached Alwin (maybe I should call him Mr. Mascoll - ah, heck no) and requested an appointment.  Well, the rest is history.  I still have not achieved what I thought I would to this day, but I'm hoping that he has it in him to keep pushing me.  As an addendum, I must say I have the utmost respect for this young man.  He has put up with a lot of "stuff" from me.  I congratulate him for lasting this long.

What brought this blog on?  Well, I was reading in the paper this morning about becoming stronger physically and mentally, perhaps losing a few of those nasty pounds that have been creeping up in the past few years of my life.  The Personal Trainers that have contributed to the article all started with a cardio workout.  Yes, I do cardio.  I will NOT use the treadmill and therefore, Alwin has introduced me to an elyptical machine that I have learned to like.  We started out, and remain, having sessions together twice a week but he has introduced me to core training.  He is adamant that I use proper form.  He is an athlete (semi-pro football) and therefore knows about this stuff.  We have gone to weight training and are now introducing different exercises to wake some more of my muscles up.  The article in the paper gives you a list of how to introduce yourself to exercise.  After a few months of 'going it alone' they all recommend a Personal Trainer to make sure you're using proper form.  Get one before you do damage to your body.  This I have repeated to many...even my own family...hubby and son are both getting Training from Alwin.  I cannot stress how important it is to have a professional trainer guide you towards your goals.

I go to the gym for sure 4 times a week (it's only an hour out of my day) and truly strive for that 5th day.

Those who know me, when next time you see me you may not recognize me.  I have found I do have a lot more energy to get my work as a Realtor accomplished.  I am not as stressed as I used to be, but I still have a little bit of a stubborn streak in me (ask my Trainer). 

If you're ever around at Life Time Gym in the mornings, look for me and come up and say hello.  I wish all of you luck in this voyage.  It's not easy.  But if I can persevere, so can you. 

This is just for something different - I am not just a Realtor.  But now, I'm a much happier Realtor.

Betty Bartusevicius, Sales Representative
RE/MAX Realty Specialists Inc., Brokerage
416 427 1875