For the last six weeks I’ve been on a fitness regimen provided by Total Health and Fitness. Although the physical changes aren’t immediately obvious (I joined for fitness purposes rather than weight loss), I’m feeling waaay better than I used to. I needed to get in shape. I needed fitness education.
And an education is what I’ve been getting. THF’s program hasn’t asked too much of me. Though I’ve cut down on sweets, treats and the tri-weekly Mt. Dew—a move I’ve been needing to make for years—I’ve learned to point myself in the direction of things I like that also happen to be good for me.
I enjoy sweetened oatmeal and fresh strawberries in the morning, I get to have guacamole with my southwestern-style salads (complete with rice and beans and some dressing), and marinated artichoke hearts top off my whole wheat pita. Plus, my Diet Cokes come packed with limes and I can have a late-night snack of sugar-free pudding. And none of this will get me in trouble with Mike, my consultant. I only get in trouble if I allow myself to get hungry.
Now that I know what to eat (and when), I’ve also learned how to use 80% of the machines at my gym. The intimidation I felt upon entering the weightroom with its once-scary machinery is a thing of the past. I daresay I’ve perfected my lifting technique. I even think I could teach the meatheads a thing or two.
At the end of week six, I have:
- Lost .6 pounds
- Lost 3.7% body fat
- Decreased my fat mass by 3.89 pounds
- Increased my lean mass by 3.29 pounds
Just two weeks to go. But I’m not worried about when it’s over. As they say, education is something you get to take with you.