Well, reading Kim’s blog has not only entertained me but has inspired me to share my own experiences with training. I, like Kim, am a personal trainer training with a personal trainer. Actually, Kim and I are being trained by the same trainer, Matthew Pirtle. I can call him “Matthew” because that’s what I named him. You see, I actually gave birth to this man and because he and his sisters, as I see it, were primarily responsible for my body becoming swollen, disproportionate and “soft” – he now owes me a better body. Interestingly enough, personal training with my son has convinced me you can pass 50 and actually be as fit, if not more fit, than in any other decade in your life. And, what’s even more exciting, the body can be as tight, firm and flexible than ever before.
My fitness life actually started some years back when I lost near 30lbs with Weight Watchers. I became so excited about the weight loss industry that I eventually ended up working for Weight Watchers for many years and eventually became Regional Manager of WW of greater Missouri and Southern Illinois. The demands of the position were never as challenging as keeping my weight off and staying fit. Even before I left WW to become a personal trainer, it became clear to me that if I wanted to keep my weight off I was going to need to do more than eat healthy – although eating healthy and eating appropriate portions is critical to weight loss and weight loss maintenance.
Cardio exercise was something I resisted for a long time. It was hard enough that I needed to give up favorite foods or learn to eat them in appropriate portions, but in addition I was learning I had to do exercises that required repetitive movement for at least 30 minutes 4 – 5 times a week and break a sweat while doing it. As distasteful as it all sounded, this was the something I needed to help support my efforts in not putting on and taking off the same 10 lbs over and over again. So, somewhere around age 33 I joined a small club and started doing the stationary bike. The first couple of times I did the bike I got to 4 minutes before feeling as if I was going to go into cardiac arrest. I stayed with it and who knew that regular, moderate cardio workouts could enable me to have my M & M blizzard and still keep my weight down. Those blizzards have now been traded in for a Fritz’s caramel crunch.
There’s so much more to my quest for weight maintenance and fitness, but it all brings me to today. I’ve been training with Matthew for a a while now and actually went from once to twice a week several months ago. This is where my body really started to defy mid life. Wow, you can actually change your body (for the better) without changing the numbers on the scale. What a wonderful thing for a baby boomer! However, I also realized a few months ago I still wanted those additional 10 lbs off that were keeping me from being within those healthy body composition ranges and making it more difficult for me to do some exercises that I wanted to do. As of today, I have lost 6 lbs since updating my goals with Matthew in January. I’ve had to come to terms with the fact that there are certain lifestyle changes that I need to be consistent with for weight loss/maintenance and fitness. It’s really nothing new to me – it’s just a decision.