Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Dear Diary: Why I need to bring shampoo to the gym.

I joined a gym.
I hired a trainer.
They swiped my card.
It's settled.
I am doing this.
I am not dieting....I am getting strong.

{{I am doing this for many different reasons and a little vomit won't stop me.}}

Last week was my first time working with a trainer and it ended horribly embarrassing.  Trainer pushed me hard.  I was doing exercises that I never thought I would be able to do.  60 crunches, 60 squats, 60 lunges, 60 flying in the air things and 60 pull ups/downs while hanging.  I was dripping with sweat and feeling pretty good.  We were finished!!! I did it!!! It was time to stretch and shower up. 

I headed towards the stretching bench with trainer by my side and then it hit me....my stomach was turning.  I felt a little sick.  I turned to trainer and said "I feel sick to my tummy" - he said "get to the bathroom!"  I started to march off....fully confident that I would make it to the porcelain bowl.  Then it hit hard....and before I knew it, in the middle of the gym, I lost my breakfast all over my ponytails, my shirt, my notebook, my headphones and the floor.  It was awful.  Poor trainer looked so shocked and I just wanted to cry.  I began laughing and laughed all the way home. Me and working out were not off to a good start.

The next day, I was scheduled to do cardio at the gym.  UGH - the thought of going back was killing me.  I was praying that the girl who helped clean up the mess would not be working.  I was hoping that she would not remember me.  Who was I kidding?! Who would forget the redhead who lost her breakfast the DAY BEFORE.  I kept coming up with reasons why I didn't need to go.

And then I thought about who I am at the core.  I'm a girl who gets back on the horse.  I'm a girl who never gave a damn about what others thought about me as long as I am happy with me.  I'm a girl who doesn't back down over a little "lost breakfast." I'm a girl who can laugh at my most embarrassing moments. I'm a girl who needs to get stronger.  Yep, I'm a girl who needs to get her tush to the gym and that's what I did.

Today, was day two with my trainer and thankfully I didn't get sick.  Every time I winced, trainer would ask if I was going to be ok???  It was like we were playing a game of "will-she....will-she-not-get-sick?"  I did feel a little twisty-tummy after the work-out but I worked through it and now feel better, stronger and pretty dang good!

My Reasons.....

1. I need to get stronger.  Soon we will have a little one and chances are he/she might be a little bigger than a newborn and this mama's upper arm strength just sucks.  It is pathetic and has to change.

2. I want to eat and drink what I want and at age 42 that means balance and lifestyle alterations. I need more education about working out and I want to make room for fitness in my life.

3. I have a big project in January and I want to look my best for it.  I owe it to myself and to the people who believe in and are investing in us.

4. I want to get involved in classes for fun and friendship and to take my mind off of work.

5. I want to push myself and challenge myself in new ways.

Where I am today.......

Joined Crunch Burbank - August 24th
Weight 145 (I don't have a goal weight...looking for lifestyle change)
First day with Trainer - August 30th (Zocai sp? - he is awesome)
Second day with Trainer - September 4th
Learned that I need to add more protein to my diet - especially after working out.
Laundry, laundry and more laundry.  Working out is messy and stinky.



  1. Love you, you inspire all of us! you are gorgeous inside and out!

  2. You are too funny...I've always had the fear that I would throw-up too...thank goodness...haven't so far...good for you for challenging yourself... we all should do that more...

  3. Good luck to you!! You can do this Cathie!!

  4. You are so brave Cathie! I am right there with you...I am 42 and I don't like the way I look. I don't like being photographed and I am tired all the time. I started walking 2 miles a day (not ready to get a trainer just yet) and in two weeks I have walked 20 miles! I love that you are challenging yourself and by sharing your story you inspire others! Keep it up sweet lady!

  5. This is inspiring and just what I need to do myself! Thanks for the honest post! And yeay for the little one!

  6. you go, girl! I need to get my ass in gear too....sigh.

  7. That is awesome!! I am so excited for you. I started running on May 9th and I am still running today. I finished training for 10K recently. I lost a bunch of weight and I love it. Keep it up. You can do it!

  8. you are so cute, I love your life and watching your cuteness on video, keep going Kathie!

  9. You go girl! 'I am woman here me roar' type of thing! I love it! I wish all the best for you. :)


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