Tips from the Trainer

I had my first meeting with a trainer at my gym this weekend. Holy hell, I’m still sore – three days later. That workout was no joke. But before we even got to the actual exercise part of our meeting we talked at length about my goals, my history, and what I’m doing now. Then she hit me with HER expectations.

1. I must be drinking 90 ounces of water per day. 90 ounces? We’ve all heard we should consume eight 8-ounce (64 ounces total) a day, right? I maybe drink two or three glasses a day. And some of those aren’t even full glasses. Somedays I’ll sip on a liter bottle of Evian (yes, I’m fancy like that) but it takes me ALL day! 90 ounces would equal almost three of those bottles – PER DAY! Clearly, I am not drinking enough water.

pouring-water-in-a-glass

2. Keep a food journal. Ugh! I’m currently using My Fitness Pal to track my calories. I really, really like the ease of it but I’m not sure of its accuracy. Especially, when using the database for restaurants. Regardless, she wants to see the food journal when we meet again. Every almond, brussels sprout, and donut.

3. Stop running and walk more. This was a welcomed suggestion! She says that walking longer will burn more fat. I’m not yet fully understanding this concept. All I know is that I’m supposed to walk anywhere between 3.5 and 4.0 MPH for at a minimum of 30 minutes and up to 90 minutes.

4. Start researching the Paleo way of eating. I really need to look more into this. One part of me likes absolutes and the other part of me likes options (otherwise known as “having your cake and eating it too”). I’ve never been a good dieter and while I realize Paleo is being touted at a “lifestyle change” but hasn’t the same been said about eating clean, low-carb/no-carb, South Beach, dairy free, GF, and so on? Sigh.

Oh, this is why I’m totally incapable of getting up and down of the couch!  My quads are jello.  Jello.

Forward-Lung-Exercises

So tell me friends, do you think my trainer’s tip are spot on?  What do you know about Paleo?  And hit me some ideas on how to get down 90 ounces of water!

 

Comments

  1. Well, since I’m relying on My Fitness Pal to keep me accountable for my food intake, I really HOPE it’s reliable! I used it to find something that wouldn’t blow my whole day when we were out to lunch on Saturday (and found it REALLY eye opening to see that what I usually order is 1100 calories – WITHOUT the fries!!) Anyway, so glad to be doing this along with you! One week down, and I’m super pumped to keep going!

  2. Go you!

    I want to know more about the walk rather than run (I think Tonya (Letters for Lucas) walks a TON and might know more?

    And I think for pale eating Alison (Secret Life of a Warrier Woman) does this?

    I mostly just wanted to say: Go you! :)

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