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Tuesday, January 4, 2011


Did you know that humans have six different abdominal muscles?  Neither did I.  But I am deeply aware of each one as I write this.  They are all communicating to me this morning!

My new personal trainer, Nina, arrived right on time yesterday (6:30 a.m.) and ready to get to work.   She started me out with a 10 minute warm-up on the treadmill and then we got into the tough stuff.  I think it's only tough, though, because I'm so out of shape (wait! a circle is a shape!).  She had me do 2 sets of 10 each of several exercises, some of which I have done in the past and some were a bit new:

  • crunches
  • reverse curls
  • leg lifts
  • sit ups (modified)
  • oblique thingies
  • scissors
  • hydrants (this was not too attractive, looks just like what it sounds like, and made me glad I chose a female trainer)
  • donkey kicks (this may double as a self defense move)
  • squats (I was almost disliking her by this point)
  • lunges (my legs were shaking on the last two moves)
  • calf toe lifts
  • side lats with hand weights
  • front lats with hand weights
  • bicep curls

Harbinger 340400 3 Part Exercise Mat 2" x 24" x 60" (Black)In order to do some of these, I needed to be laying or kneeling on the floor, so she came prepared with a Harbinger Folding Exercise Mat just like this one I ordered last night from Amazon.  I figure I am going to be doing some of these maneuvers on my own while she is not here, and since my addition/dining room is fast becoming my home gym I can lay on the mat and crunch things while watching tv at night!.

What I loved about the workout was that if I couldn't quite make 10 of something, she'd switch me to either the other side or another move and then come right back to the one I had not finished.  By the end of the session, I accomplished all the reps she wanted me to do.  Left to my own devices I would have packed it all in after the first time through or if I was too tired or shaky I would have stopped that exercise and just moved on without looking back.  This is why someone like me needs a drill seargant personal trainer.

Sadly, I didn't quite make the full hour of working out, in part because I was not hydrated and in part because I am so out of shape.  So in preparation for tomorrow morning (Wednesday) I have been instructed to do a few things:

  1. Get up a full hour before the workout.
  2. Eat an apple or a yogurt; have a little something in my stomach.
  3. Drink a couple of glasses of water.
  4. Lay off the coffee,
I can, and will, do numbers 1-3.  Make me do number 4 and we're gonna tussle (you know, once I'm in shape).  I'll go with maybe a half cup of coffee, but there's no way I'm going cold turkey on the morning coffee!  Baby steps, Carly.  Baby steps.  I'm also supposed to do 20-30 minutes on the treadmill today, which I'm going to do as soon as I sign off here.

So that was my first day with an in-home personal trainer and I have to tell you, even though my stomach muscles are sore, and the rest of me is stiff, it FEELS GOOD.  It's a reminder that I did something really good for myself yesterday and I bet during the day if I want to reach for something unhealthy, the sore, heavy arm will be good reminder to step away from the cookie, cupcake! ♥♥♥


  1. You are definitely absolutely going to get where you desire to go!


  2. Thank you.

    I wish it didn't take so long to get to this point, but I think all the other events in my life leading up to here were stepping stones to this new place and I had to pass through them to get here. And That's OKAY!

    I really do get to write my own happy ending, don't I.... ♥

  3. OUCH! It hurts me just to read all the exercises you did. I think it was a great idea for you to hire Nina to get you exercising regularly. Good luck with it!

  4. "You can never go back to start over from the beginning, but you can start now and make a brand new end."

    I started my own exercise routines as of 1/1/2011 too. My doctor (Doogie Howser, I swear...) recommended several methods to increase my core strengh and muscle tone. The Pilates referral I accepted with an understanding nod. But I'm here to tell you, Calisthenics ain't got sh** on Belly Dancing.

  5. I had a personal trainer for a long time and it helped me. It was hard for me to ask for help, but I am certainly glad that I did.

    Keep up the good work and if you ever need some healthy, good-tasting recipes, feel free to ask.


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