I have been working on my fitness, seriously, since October, 2011. A year prior to that, I began personal fitness training, with Marina Watson of Prime Fitness (click for link). It was September, of 2010, and I was a lump, out of shape, weak, and just didn't feel good. I was referred to Marina by a student of mine. Instantly, I liked her and could easily tell, "she really knows her stuff."
I had a few private sessions, and was doing the work-out routines Marina gave me, at home, in between personal training sessions. I did well for about four months. Felt great. Then, golf season hit, and I went right back to my old ways as soon as I was busy and stressed. By the time the season was finished, I was not feeling very good - try grumpy, fat, unhealthy. And, the real scary part? My doctor told me my cholesterol was high.
THAT's it, I said. And I started again, training two to three times a week. I joined Marina's "Boot Camps" and also formed a golf exercise group with her, bringing some of my students. It's April, and I'm still going strong. I've dropped down three sizes and have gained considerable strength. The best part, and most surprising benefit, is that I am happier. I am just in a better mood all the time and "the little things" do not bother me nearly as much. I know I must keep it up, not get comfortable, as I have miles to go in all departments. Even though it takes discipline, I am very motivated to keep going. (one of the posters in the Prime Fitness gym says, "There is no finish line." True.)
A HUGE part of the program, is diet and nutrition. Marina offered to take a look at my food log and showed me where I was going wrong. Since then, I have said "No" to many things I would have ordinarily consumed, and I have changed what I DO consume. I eat more protein in the morning and much less junky food. I drink more water, I watch the clock to time my meals and healthy snacks throughout the day. I feel like I'm eating all the time, but it's what you have to do to lose weight! Just don't have those useless calories.
It is a journey and I plan to keep on the path. This is the farthest I have ever come with regard to fitness and I want to see how far I can go. Although she says, "You're doing the work," I give much credit to Marina and her ability to make this "work" fun!