Friday, August 13, 2010

Update: 100 Day Challenge

The 100 day challenge is well under way. At the 25 day mark, I had exercised 23 hours, with only one day of no exercise. As time is crunching down, I've been amping it up more and more.

How am I staying motivating? Well besides walking with Sky, I decided to take my routine to the next level. Awhile back, I started looking into personal trainers in my area. I found many will give you a free trial session to test it out. I had a few in mind I wanted to try, but after my first consulatation, I knew I found the right fit. It's like hiring a photographer, it's important that you have a connection.

I started working with the trainer before the 100 day challenge, I knew the challenge would be going into effect and I needed to find a way to motivate myself. I've never liked to exercise. I get bored too easily. I used to keep fit with group sports like a few years of softball, a couple years of basketball, a couple years of soccer, a year of cheerleading, a year of hockey, a couple years of dancing, a year of you believe me now when I say I get bored easily?

Since graduating, I haven't had much time for group sports, even my company's softball team's schedule hasn't been working out. So I thought I'd give a trainer a shot.

I like working with the trainer because every session we do something new. At first, I didn't like kick boxing, but now it's my favorite part of our session. I even like the sprawls thrown in there during my minutes on the bag. It's been about a month with the trainer, but I'm already starting to see results. I haven't lost much weight, but I am getting toned.

I originally started doing one on one sessions with the trainer, but realized it's cheaper and more fun to do group personal training classes. There are up to 5 people per class with one trainer and we do pretty much the same things I did in a one on one class. The only difference is you can tailor your one on one classes if your working on something specific. I plan to do a few more one on ones before the wedding to work on my arms and upper back. Then, I'll be able to work on the targeted areas at home. I just need to learn what to do and how to do it. I find the group classes are more motivating because I don't want to be the slacker in the class.

Now that I know how to exercise, I've started doing it on my own as well. I walk Sky every day, do group classes twice a week, and every other night I add in toning. My next goal is to start doing cardio. I know it's the key to get in the best shape, so I'll need to find some fun ways to include this in my regimen.

I've gone from couch potato to super motivated with a little help from my friends, my new trainer and of course sky.

Would you consider hiring a personal trainer? Do you know of any good cardio workouts I can try?

1 comment:

Nicole-Lynn said...

That's great! I have been doing a lot of cardio lately, mostly on the elliptical machine at my gym, and taking classes like Body Pump, Zumba and spin class. They burn so many calories and you'll definitley see results quick. That's wonderful you're making it a lifestyle and keeping with it!