I just had a kickoff to personal training at my gym (to be trained, not to become a trainer. That goal totally fell by the wayside). I had no idea what to expect – I assumed she’d be putting me on a treadmill to see how fast I could go, or having me benchpress ridiculous weights to see how strong I was. Not so! Instead, she gave me this cool functional fitness thing that was really easy, but allowed her trained eye to see imbalances in my body. Here’s what I learned:
My shoulder are very very narrow – I should add 2-3 inches there to achieve a “perfect” hourglass figure. My waist should also go down a few inches, with my goal being 24. She said my eating habits sound good and the waist will shrink naturally… let’s pause there for a sec.
So the last few weeks, I’ve been trying to move toward more of a raw diet. I do fruit for breakfast, veggies for lunch, and then for dinner I tend to “splurge”… but by splurge, I mean make something still healthy, but usually cooked and usually with either fish or meat. And it’s amazing – I lost 3 pounds the first week of the challenge (also the first week I started eating like this), and another FULL pound this week (even though I’ve been slacking on the workouts)! Look out, competitors, I’m totally going to rock this! But I have to say, I’m shocked at my results so far – last winter when I was calorie counting and working out like crazy, I was only able to lose 2 pounds a month… often less. Raw foods seem to be the way to go!
I haven’t been posting most of the “recipes” I’ve been making because they’re not so much recipes. For example, my favorite lunch recently:
Dice yellow squash, zucchini, carrot, onion, pepper, celery. Add 1/2 cup black beans (yes, I realize that when I use canned black beans they’re not raw, but I’m easing into the “raw” thing and I haven’t had time to sprout my own). Sprinkle liberally with cumin and chili powder
It’s absolutely delicious, completely raw (except for the black beans), totally healthy, and amazingly filling. Other things I’d recommend are this recipe for blueberry pie. I made it for dessert last night and it didn’t come out nearly as pretty as that picture (which is why I’m posting the link instead of my own version), but it was still totally amazing.
Anyway, my point is just that I’m loving the raw foods diet, and I really think that’s what’s finally helping me drop some of the weight. The trick is if I can keep this up while travleing – may be difficult!
So back to the personal training session. Olga (yes, her name is Olga and she’s Russian but she’s really tiny… not quite the Hellga I pictured when I first heard her name and that she would be my trainer) said that my waist would naturally shrink, so I’m hopeful she’s right on that. My legs, however, she said were absolutely perfect! She had such a discerning eye and such criticism for everything else that I was ecstatic to hear that she thought my legs were awesome… yay, running! My body fat (using an admittedly unscientific caliper test) is about 26%, and she said she’d like to see me get down to 15%. WHOA. According to my Tanita, I don’t think I’ve ever been below about 23%… I would be seriously cut if I were at 15%! Bring it on, baby!
We then got into various exercises designed to see what my tendencies are when actually moving. I did squats (with no weight), various balance tests, hip flexion tests, etc. The overall verdict: my upper back and my core are very weak, and in general, the front of my body is ridiculously stronger than the back. She explained it as having a line splitting my body in half, and that the front half was awesome while the back half kind of sucked. It was cool to think of it that way!
So we’ll see what the next session brings, when we actually get into a workout instead of just tests. I’m really excited and inspired, so hopefully this will provide just the kick in the butt I needed to really get myself looking awesome.