Fitness Pro: Week 1 of Back in Shape

Leaving the gates, starting my body transformation

Week 1:  I would like to say that I bounded out of the gates like Secretariat.  I wish I could write that I was full of energy, purpose, and zeal.  Instead, it was more of a dribble out of the gate, a lot of whining and stalling, and finally a little grit at the end. The Work Out I met with "The Angry Trainer," Alfonso Moretti, and he was great.  We worked out in a park on a very hot, muggy day and I was so lame!  I did everything asked but had to take a million breaks because I kept getting light-headed.  I've done the same workout three times since and didn't have the same reaction so I'm chalking it up to the heat, but I was really struggling to complete reps.  Except for the abs; I crushed the abs!  But I should, I am a Pilates instructor after all. Alfonso emailed me my workout to do at home and we decided on three days of his program and two days of Pilates.  What I actually did was three days of his program and zero Pilates.  I whiffed not because I was sore (I was a little) but because I didn't want to.  I was being stubborn and petulant.  The preschooler trying obviously to get out of doing something they didn't want to do.  As the week progressed, I finally got more frustrated at my stalling than at doing the work and finally kicked in with strong workouts at the end. The Food Alfonso believes in layering in change.  This is actually brilliant.  Instead of completely upheaving your life you can just change one meal, get used to that, and then change another meal.  So he suggested breakfast and to eat 1/2 cup of oatmeal and two egg whites, one yolk for breakfast.  I managed it twice because of time constraints, but I did just oatmeal on another day and whole grain cereal with a lot of fruit on the other days.  Sundays are a big breakfast with my family featuring pancakes or Belgian waffles and I won't change those, but I cut back on my portion sizes and loaded on the fruit.  I've got my food in control in general and I am actually enjoying eating every three hours.  I feel like I was given permission to eat more and I'm not as flagged in the afternoon as I have been lately. The Results So I lost three pounds but it was literally day one of my period on my first training day with Alfonso.  You can fluctuate as much as 2 to 4 pounds during that time of the month!  So I'm going to say I lost maybe one pound of "fat" and the rest was probably just water from my period.  It's a victory but honestly I don't feel like I earned it because I waffled so much on the training. Tips for You Journaling works. Sending my daily meal to Alfonso kept me honest and definitely stopped me from putting sweets in my mouth.  I was picturing Alfonso rolling his eyes and that was enough to stop most of it. Get your family behind you. My husband and son are both behind me, but they are a little slow getting on the band wagon too.  I was whining about working out and my husband said "just skip it."  I said, "No, I did that yesterday," and he grabbed some laundry to fold and kept me company while I worked out.  That helped, thanks hon.  :-)  My son wanted to make chocolate chip cookies and I was stalling doing it with him (cookie dough is a weakness) but I finally baked them and yes I had three spoonfuls of dough but I skipped the cookies altogether and it was okay.  I told him it would be a while before we'd do cookies again, and he was okay with that. Be aware of fluctuations. I am a daily weigher, for me it keeps me honest.  Many people will disagree with this and say either throw out the scale or only weigh yourself weekly.  Everyone needs to do what's best for them.  But for me, it works and I don't get crazy about fluctuations.  That said, there are a lot of reasons our weight goes up and down, heat and humidity, your period, what you ate, salt intake; there are a myriad of reasons that your weight will change.  So keep in mind when you're on the scale that there are a lot of factors besides working out and nutrition that go into the number you're looking at. So, I've gotten more focused going into week 2 and I feel like I'm going to have a good week.  What do you think?  Have you had similar struggles with your diet?  What tips would you share for others in the same boat? Alfonso what do you think? Cheers, Lisa

About Lisa Johnson

Lisa Johnson here. I've been a personal trainer since 1997, a Pilates instructor since 1998 and the owner of Modern Pilates since 1999. I'm hoping to give you some good ideas to get or stay in shape with a healthy dose of humor and reality. Thanks for joining me.

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6 Responses to Fitness Pro: Week 1 of Back in Shape

  1. Joe Williams June 13, 2011 at 2:56 pm #

    Lisa – First of all, thank you for being so open with your experience this week. You willingness to share tells us we’re not alone in our own challenges.

    I concur with your tip on journaling. In my own latest iteration to shed those extra pounds from the winter, I added journaling to my routine. Five weeks in, and the fact that I have to record everything that goes in has made a difference – 9 pounds and counting. It was rather simple to do, with a variety of websites and apps that help make the recording easy. I’m using Lose It!


  2. Tara Burner June 13, 2011 at 9:53 pm #

    congrats for surviving and making progress the first week, even if it’s not what you totally wanted/expected of yourself…progress is progress and you’re further ahead than you were last week :)

    As for me, I’m still beating self up over not working out while I was away at a wedding this weekend….and today was a total blur with my daughter being put into pain by orthodontist so I plan on really kickin it the rest of week, though today I did get in a good 65 minute bike ride killin 656 calories so not too shabby but food…well that’s another story…and what I gave in to is blog content for tomorrow :(

  3. Lisa Johnson June 14, 2011 at 8:35 am #

    Joe & Tara, thanks for the encouragement … :-) Joe, I’m glad you’ve found journaling to help, it does make a big difference when I do it. Tara, don’t worry about special events so much, sometimes they can be the tripwire for a spate of bad behavior, but mostly they’re just a “special occasion” and not that big a deal. I would put being with friends and family I rarely see above a workout anyway. Although, combining them would be the best of both worlds. :-)


  4. TraceyJoy June 14, 2011 at 10:32 am #

    there ya go Lisa you can do it!! I’m so proud of you, very encouraging. Thanks for sharing this journey with us. It was you who shared “Forks over Knives” with us. I went to see it. Made serious food changes that day, it’s been almost 2 weeks. I feel really good. I noticed in my clothes I’m smaller, I can see it in my face and neck. I can run up and down the stairs with a bit more ease than before. I’m sleeping better, not having to use my asthma puffer nearly as much. All of these changes happened for me because you decided to share. Please keep this going you are not only helping yourself but me and others too.

  5. Lisa Johnson June 14, 2011 at 4:05 pm #

    Wow, Tracey, that’s amazing … so glad you made some changes and they’re working! :-) You’ll need a new avatar soon.

  6. Tara Burner June 17, 2011 at 12:44 am #

    well see ideally it’d be best of both worlds…family/friends for event and workout…but yet instead I vegged and basked in the sun on the sea wall alone! kinda why I was bummed w/myself that I didnt work out but I needed a break to just relax and think

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