The Q&A Nobody Asked For: WORKING OUT!

I started working out with my personal trainer again in October and I wanted to do a little Q&A to answer some questions that nobody really even asked me but I’m excited to share! HA!

  1. Even just working out one day a week, I can still FEEL the benefits of working out. I feel stronger, I feel lighter, I feel GOOD! I was under some illusion that you have to work out 3-5 times/week to really get the benefits but that’s so not true.
  2. I may not love getting up at 5:30 once a week but I LOVE working out once I’m into it. Yesterday I was EXHAUSTED. I usually am pretty good at sleeping at night considering I’m a full time night shifter but this particular night I did my “up at 2 am, can’t fall asleep until 4 am and then can’t get out of bed” that is pretty much guaranteed to happen whenever I have an early morning commitment. I could not bring myself to get my head off the pillow and peel my eyes open. Then I had a thought, this is the HARDEST part of a working out – actually getting out of bed and deciding to GO. Get the hardest part of it out of the way. With that, I sat up and was ready to go. The hardest part, deciding to actually DO IT, was over. My pep talk did make me about 5 minutes late thought, I greeted my friend Misti with a “sorry I’m late, I really didn’t want to come.” (stolen off of a tee shirt my dad used to wear proudly, ha!)
  3. Simple repetitive movements make SUCH a huge difference. We focus mostly on strength training, I’m not a cardio/endurance gal and that doesn’t align with my goal of increasing lean muscle mass. Something as simple as body weight movements (think like lunges and squats) without any weights can make a HUGE difference. I thought that building muscle meant I needed to hop on one of those crazy machines or bench press and I haven’t touched one yet. Using mostly my body weight, some dumb bells, and a kettle bell, JUST ONCE A WEEK, I’m feeling huge results.
  4. Exercise is so much more enjoyable when you’re working out because you LOVE your body and want to honor it rather than HATING your body and wanting to alter it. I want to make a shirt for the gym that says “Honoring my body, not altering my body.” Actually, I just thought of that while I’m typing and I really like it.
  5. Here’s what my personal trainer does for me: (I call her my personal trainer for clarity sake but she’s really now mostly a friend!) She plans the workout the night before, we meet at 6 am, we warm up for a few minutes, she demonstrates our first set of body movements, (usually like three – four movements rotated a few times), we take a break, repeat the 2nd set of body movements usually working a different core muscle group, take a water break, and then finish with the final set. We chat and have fun but she also watches my form and gives me pointers and support. She does the movements with me and gets her workout in too!
  6. Weight makes a huge difference which is why I HIGHLY recommend working with someone if you’re just getting back into it. I wish I would have known this in high school PE class. Different people are obviously at different levels of athleticism. Misti uses 20 lb dumbbells for some exercises while I use 10. We are both equally challenged. It would be pointless for her to lift my 10 lb dumbbells and I would injure myself using the weight she uses. However, I didn’t just walk into a gym and say “yeah, I’m about a 10 lb dumbbell kind of girl.” I tried out 5 lbs, settled for a while on 8 lbs, then moved up to 10 lbs, I tried 12 lbs the other day and immediately knew I wasn’t ready for it yet. Towards the end of my workout if I’m really feeling it, I’ll drop the weight totally and complete the movements without any.
  7. I feel so bad for the high school Kalissa who walked into the weight room and felt totally lost, then got scolded for not participating in gym class. I didn’t know how. I think it was a real missed opportunity because now that I’m more comfortable, I know what my body can and can’t handle, I really enjoy working out and I spent years hating physical exercise because I didn’t understand how to do it. I spent a lot of time worrying I would look stupid. I’ve got much more confidence in the gym now!
  8. My top two favorite parts of working out are when you feel strong enough to have conquered a previously difficult exercise/move and when you’re walking out of the gym after a good workout!
  9. I recently invested in some new workout clothes – my personal trainer runs a small biz and I bought a few items from her and I LOVE THEM! I feel so great and I look forward to wearing them to work out! Here’s a link to her group!

Anywho, that’s all I have for the day! Hope you all have a great weekend!

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  1. becky clay
    December 4, 2021 / 10:10 pm

    you go girl!

  2. Carolyn
    December 4, 2021 / 10:54 pm

    Good for you!

  3. Marty in AZ
    December 4, 2021 / 11:38 pm

    You are looking positively svelte! Good job! All your work is really paying off.

  4. Anne Simonot
    December 5, 2021 / 1:17 am

    I hear everything you’re saying! I’m a 57 year old fairly recent convert to regular workouts (most of the past 2.5 years). It’s not about weight!! Losing it, I mean. It’s about: I like how it makes me feel! Physically, emotionally, mentally. It’s become a mainstay of my psychological & emotional well-being. Who knew?

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