Today I started personal training… Who’s the trainer? It’s me!
Through the years, I have had personal trainers and mentors who served in different capacities in my life. I had my violin teacher Mrs. Pagels who was my music mentor. She taught me the value of practice, consistency, and showmanship in performance. My piano teacher Mr. Baque taught me how to feel the music and give it a little swing.
Christina Pelton was my art teacher/mentor/2nd mother. She taught me lessons that have served me throughout my life and will be long lasting just like the watercolor techniques that I have learned.
My first personal trainers were my swim coaches who challenged me and taught me how to set goals and chase my dreams relentlessly. Dave was my coach and my mentor.
A few times I worked with actual personal trainers. It was during the times that I was training for a triathlon and event. A personal trainer is definitely a financial investment, but I always told myself that I was investing in my self so it made it worth-it. I think the most valuable part of personal training was that it helped to educate me. I always felt so out of my element in the gym and would avoid resistance training at all costs because I didn’t feel like I knew what I was doing. Once I gave up swim team, I struggled with staying motivated and consistent with my workouts. The personal training held me accountable. I HAD to show up and work hard because I paid for and scheduled the appointment. When I showed up consistently, I always got results.
I had friends from a non-profit who helped me through hard times and served as mentors. With their guidance and advice I was able to learn that I am a free spirit and I got inspiration to live out loud.
My massage therapist was my health mentor who always gave me fitness, wellness, and life advice and inspired me to embark on this journey to become the BEST version of myself.
I have been up and down and all around in circles when it comes to my health. There have been times in my life when I have felt super motivated, active, and in shape, and other times, when it is hard for me to get out of bed to face the day. I think I am currently getting out of that stage currently. These past few months I have been struggling with motivation and consistency and it is showing in the way that my clothes fit. And in the way that I feel.
When I don’t exercise and I eat everything that I want and more I feel like garbage. My whole demeanor feels heavy and gloomy and it is hard to find motivation to do anything other than drive through the drive thru to get more coffee (because I don’t want to get out of my car.) Also, little pains pop up here and there that sometimes interfere with my ability to walk and breathe normally.
I have decided that I am too young to embrace the effects of deterioration and aging. I know that we all have to age, but I don’t want to feel this way anymore so I’m going to change.
Today I started personal training! I have been complaining about not having a gym membership anymore, but I do at the college. I packed up my gym bag and headed in. I did a 5 minute warm-up on the treadmill then a 40 minute strength training circuit. I felt pretty weak and easily winded, but I completed my entire workout. It really felt good to challenge myself and sweat! After my workout I went for a 50 minute swim. My arms felt stiff and like I have lost a little flexibility, but this is the BEST way for me to regain it. The best part is that I did not feel pressure to go fast or perform for anyone but me. After my swim, I relaxed in the sauna.
I want to maintain my health because health truly is wealth. What is your favorite way to workout? I would love to hear everyone’s ideas!
Peace, Love, and Blessings Always,