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Goals: The Second Attempt

So, February was a slight waste. Not a total waste. But I wasn’t holding myself accountable. And that’s a problem.

I did make some changes – for the better. But not all the changes I wanted made. I started doing some meal prep for my work lunches instead of eating at our building’s cafe every single day. As much as I love the food there, it’s not only costly but most of it’s fried. I definitely got this way by eating a lot of fried food. The changing of my food habits – at least slightly – has been why this month hasn’t been a complete write off. But on the fitness front? Yes. Write off.

I purchased my personal training sessions in February I went to the gym once in February. I stared at my gym membership card a couple of times in February. But for fitness? That’s about as far as it went until the final week of February. This past Monday I got in touch with the Fitness Supervisor at the nearest location of my gym and got signed up for my free starter session. This session gets you an hour with a personal trainer where they go over everything with you. My session was March 1st.

March has started off very well. Just from these three days, I would consider March a success. Not only did I attend my starter session, but I also booked my personal training sessions with the trainer that did the starter sessions with me. Therefore, the next four Thursdays are going to be spent with my trainer. (It turned out to be a small world and he’s actually the brother of a girl I worked with last year!) The first session went great and he set me up with a program that I’ll be running with him. A cardio warm up, and then taught me about the different equipment I’ll be using for weight training.

If you know me, you know that I am a complete newbie. The beginner of all beginners. While I felt my first session went great, my trip to the gym the following day did not go as great. Don’t get me wrong, I got a 45 minute session in. But I felt like I didn’t do as well as I could have. My confidence when I walk in the gym goes out the window. While I’m all pumped to work out, when I get there my mind just goes blank. I forget how to use equipment, and the equipment at the work gym is slightly different from where I work with my trainer, so I felt a little bit discombobulated.

It was a little discouraging, and I wasn’t able to run through my whole program. But since I’ve been home and had a chance to sit and think about it, I know I need to change my mindset in order to really succeed in this fitness journey. I need to forget the nerves and walk in the gym like I own the place. I need to get out of my head, and ignore everyone else in the gym, and put my mind to it. So what if I go a little slower than others on the treadmill? So what if I use the lighter weights? And so what if I struggle the first, second, or third time on a newer piece of equipment?

Everyone has to start somewhere. It’s all about the baby steps. I’m continuing my meal prep for each week. I’m choosing healthier snacks. I’ve got my gym program, and more sessions at the gym planned for next week. I’m feeling much more positive about March than I was February. Despite what the scale said during my starter session – that wasn’t so positive.

You’re hearing it here right now. March will not be a waste.

XO OhMySamcake

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