Change Is Coming Nephew…

I didn’t get to meet with my trainer last like as we had planned, due to the visitor policy at my current gym, but since I have paid for the month, I’m going to finish it out, then move to a gym with a friendlier visitor policy so that my trainer and I can have our sessions.

I did see my trainer on Saturday, and the first thing he says to me is that he can see some slimming down in my face.  That makes me feel pretty good, lets me know that my working out and change in my eating habits are working.  I can’t see the progress, but I trust him if he says it.

Also, I’m noticing something that I am very happy about…my clothes are getting bigger.  Nothing too extreme, but noticeable.  I need new belts.  I am pulling my current ones to the last hole, and they are still too loose.  But that is a good problem to have.  I’m actually pretty damn happy about it as I write this.  I have not stepped on a sale since I was at the doctors office, and I have no plans to do so.  One thing my trainer told me is that body fat percentage means a bit more than my actual weight.  He’s the professional, so I am listening to him.

Today is a wonderful day and I am not going to complain.  The sun is out, I am getting in better shape, and getting healthier.  I have a job that I enjoy going to, and people around me who actually care about my well being.  I’m living my best life right now.  LOL

Project Beach Body

So, yeah, it’s been a while since I was last in the gym on a regular basis. Needless to say, Project Beach body has been on hiatus for a while. the largest issue for me as always been access to workout equipment. I used to work out at the gym on campus, but I work on a college campus, and it’s always crowded. And their locker policy makes no sense to me. You have to arrive at 6 a.m. the 1st day of each new semester to get your locker. And you have 100% unrestricted use of the locker until the next semester.

So fast forward to yesterday. A Planet Fitness opens just down the street where I live. The membership is cheaper than the gym on campus, they have a lot more cardio machines and weight machines than the gym on campus. Their free weight section is a larger, but not substantially. And their locker policy is that the locker is yours, while you are there working out. When you are not there, the locker is someone else’s to use, and their is no fee.

I went to the gym yesterday and got a good workout in. Not a great workout, but it’s been a while, so I needed to take it a little slow until I get used to going again. Planet Fitness seems like it will be a cool place to work out. There is no shortage of equipment, and I think they are 24/7, but I need to look into that. The gym on campus did not keep those kinds of hours, but that is to be expected. It’s on a college campus where students have more flexible time than I do. Also, I don’t work on the weekends, so it was always a pain to get to campus on the weekends to workout.

Yesterday’s workout was a good one. I am feeling the typical day after effects that you would expect, and it while it does hurt a little, it’s a good hurt. A hurt that lets me know good work is being done. I think it is safe to say that Project Beach Body is re-instated and looks to stay in service with this new facility just down the street from where I live.

To these extra pounds I have gained over the years…..your days are numbered.

Tangible Progress

So I have been working out and changing my eating habbits for a while now.  Anyone who follows my blog knows this.  What some of you may not know is that I never get on the scale.  My goal has never been to lose weight, but to get into better shape.

By getting in to better shape, the weight loss will come.  I’ve been lounging around for most of the day doing stuff at home and fighting with my shorts.  I did not really put two and two together until just a few minutes ago.  These shorts are now too big.  They are too big.  I keep having to pull them up when I move from one room to another.

You know what that means, tangible progress of the working out and eating better.  While it may not mean much to most of you, it means a lot to me.  I have struggled with my weight for the last few years and because I would never see any progress, I did not always stick with the program.  This time around I have stuck with it and I have tangible results.  I don’t know what was the linchpin this time around, but what ever it is, it is working.

Spring Break In the ATL

It’s spring Break at my job, so campus is pretty empty.  There are still a few choice ladies that will catch your eye, but that is now what this post is about.  Ok, so maybe just a little.  But more importantly, it’s beautiful outside.  The weather is nice, there is a decent breeze, and there are some very lovely ladies out and about.

Go outside and have lunch, or just take a walk.  But do something outside since the weather is as nice as it is.  You jut may meet someone new, and if you don’t, it is still a good idea to get out and get some exercise in this beautiful weather that we have.

Being Sore All Over

So I’ve been back at GT for two months now and I park the equivilant of a few blocks from my building.  It’s about a 10 minute walk.  The walking has made me realize something….I am out of shape.  I do not move enough.  My walk is made more difficult by two things that I do.  I sometimes take the longer way from my parking deck to my building, and I now carry a heavy backpack with stuff in it, to make the walk harder.

The weighted backpack has done a lot for increasing my aerobic capicity.  I have been working out as well, but not as much as I want to.  I’ve been working on getting the cardio up before hitting the gym in high gear.  Next week will probably be the 1st week of increasing my working.

I’m still toying around with the idea of a weighted workout to get more out of it, but I need to do some research and find out what is the best way to have a weighted workout.  I’m sure there are some products out there, I just need to find the,.  This is going to be an interesting journey back to being fit.  It’s a painful journey, but one that my body will thank me for since it will live longer.

Eating Better Is Not Enough

So anyone who knows me, and I mean really knows me, knows that I used to be about 150-ish pounds at one point.  I’m not trying to be that small again, but over the years I have put on too much weight. Needless to say, 150-ish pounds was a long time ago.

For a while now I have been eating better and trying to drink more water, but water makes me nauseous, but I drink it anyway.  I have noticed some improvements with my weight, but nothing that I would consider significant.  So yesterday I was at the parking office here on campus and got my parking permit.  My assigned parking area is the deck next adjacent to the Campus Recreation Center, CRC from hear on out.

The walk from the CRC to my building is just over a 10 minute walk.  Not a lot, but it gets the heart working a bit more than it is used to.  Also, with my deck being adjacent to the CRC,  I have no excuse for not working out.  I’ll be heading over to the CRC after work today and getting my membership set up.  A part of me was thinking about looking for somewhere closer to my building to park, but the walk will be good for me.

Let’s see if I feel his same way come winter when it’s cold as hell outside.  Until then, my journey into personal fitness gets deeper.  Now if I can just find someone to work out with to help pass the time at the gym.