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Happy Thursday

First of all, thanks to all of you who sent good vibes my way in regards to my poor fractured finger. It gave me warm fuzzies. :-)

It's amazing what havoc can a silly little injury like this one do to your daily activities. Typing is not painful anymore, but it's still a pain in the butt, and I keep misspelling stuff and having to correct mistakes over and over again.

But you guys rock and I am really lucky to have you all as friends.

In other (much better) news, I had my assessment with my trainer yesterday. I must confess that I was anxious, as I had been struggling with finding a balance between my calorie intake and the protein/carb/fat ratio. The fact that the scale showed little change did not do anything to improve my mood. In fact, the only change was a gain of about half a pound.

As you can imagine, I was a bit discouraged.

That is, until we took all the measurements and did all the calculations. And lo and behold! It so happened that I had lost 2.5 lbs of fat, and gained 3 lbs of muscle. Whooo hoooo!!!

It seems that I finally figured things out, so for the time being I will keep doing what I am doing.

As for my program, I will have to make some adaptations on the way I lift to allow for the limited use of my left hand, but we already have a plan in place.

At any rate, my typing allowance for non-work related stuff is running out, so it's back to the salt mines.

I can hear the whip cracking already.

Belfebe out.

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fiberferret
Apr. 3rd, 2009 05:01 am (UTC)
I hate to be nosy, but I got really out of shape & now don't really know how to work with my body to get back to the body I knew how to use, would you be willing to share how expensive your trainer is? I'm trying to get ballparks from people I know who use them.

So happy for you on the muscle gain, it's always fun when that happens :)
belfebe
Apr. 3rd, 2009 03:27 pm (UTC)
Hi there!

It's not nosyness. It's a very valid and useful question. The answer will depend on where you live, whether you have access to a gym, what are the policies and prices of the gym, or whether you would be looking at working out from home and hiring someone who would come to your house to work with you, or do it yourself.

The D.C. area is generally more expensive than other places in the country. The going rates for trainers in Gold's gym are between $80 to $130 per hour, depending on the trainer. You can purchase a package, which is cheaper by the hour but takes a chunk of your change all at once (although they do have some payment arrangements), or you hire someone for a couple of hours. Pricier per hour, but more manageable in your budget.

One good way to make your budget go further is to arrange for 1/2 hour sessions. That way you get two sessions for the price of one.

Another option is to see if they run any specials for new members. Often, you can get 2-3 hours for free or for a significantly reduced price as a new member.

One thing that I recommend people who are getting either into fitness or back into it, is to follow the Body for Life program. You can get the book at Amazon, and they have a really good website (bodyforlife.com). That's how I started. You can also do it at home. And you don't need a trainer for that. That's how I started.

The nice thing with a trainer -- provided you find one you like -- is that it gives you a motivation, and it has the accountability factor. Plus, it's an investment on yourself.

Let me know if you have any questions on how to pick a trainer. :-)

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