I had great plans for this morning. I was going to let my slightly under-the-weather husband sleep in and I was going to go to the Y to do my first ActivTrax work out. Then, I had a really restless night and was waking up every two hours or so. My mind kept dwelling on things I really knew weren’t worth worrying about, but that didn’t stop my brain from working overload. I managed to get out of bed by 6:00 a.m., but it wasn’t easy.

As I tried to wake up, I started doubting my original plan. I still don’t have the logistics of going to the Y to work out figured out quite yet. I considered going to the pool instead, but I knew I needed some strength training today. That meant walking or using the exercise bike wouldn’t work either. I was about to give up when I remembered that I had a yoga DVD. I dug out my rarely used yoga mat and popped in the disc.

This particular DVD is called “Just My Size Yoga” and it is especially for women who are more well endowed than the average yoga instructor. To be honest, I had only done the warm up in the past, but thought I’d watch the rest of the workout and see how far I got. To my surprise, I did almost the whole thing. The best part is that my overworked brain relaxed a bit and I was ready to face the day.

Was it as good of a work out as what I would have gotten doing the ActivTrax routine? No, but it was better than doing nothing. I think I may start adding the yoga in on the weekends as a way to make sure I really relax on my precious Saturdays and Sundays. Sometimes, wellness means flexibility of body, mind and schedule!


The Power of a Personal Trainer

Unlike the other founding members of Cincinnati Losers, I’ve actually been a member of my local Y for over five years. In fact, part of the reason my husband and I bought our condo is that it is so close to the R.C. Durr location where we are members.

The first two years we were members, we worked out in the pool religiously. When we were really in the groove, we went seven days a week. But, as John Lennon once said, “life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.” And life happened to us in a big way. We quit eating right and lacked off on our workouts.

Many times during this slide, I considered taking advantage of the personal trainers at the Y. I even went so far as to get the form I needed to fill out and got the name of a personal trainer who was recommended to me. But, I never did anything about it. When the Why The Y project was proposed, I jumped at the chance to work with a trainer finally. And the trainer assigned to me (Lori) is the person I was told to request!

Lori and I met for the first time last Thursday. We went over the ActivTrax program and she gave me a strength test to see where I should start with my workouts. Because of my bad knees, my cardio is going to be mainly in the water on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (hopefully with my husband). On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I’ll do the workouts that the ActivTrax creates for me. I may add a bit of pool work too on the days when I have time.

To be honest, I was suppose to get in some workouts this weekend, but a weekend of vegging out was just too appealing. But, then I remembered that Lori is going to be checking out my workouts on ActivTrax so I was back at the pool this morning. We ended up only have enough time for 30 minutes of water jogging, but that’s better than nothing!

It’s so nice to know that someone is keeping me accountable as I move forward on this next step of my fitness journey. And that’s one of the many advantages of working with a Y personal trainer!


The Next Step

Things that prove my summer was beyond busy:

1. My TMJ came back with a vengeance.

2. That pile of papers I’ve been meaning to sort was still not sorted.

3. I haven’t blogged here since July 24th.


But, now, it’s almost officially fall and things are looking better. My TMJ is much better since I finished teaching the accelerated classes this summer and my school has officially switched to semesters. The pile of papers has been sorted and organized. Just waiting to file some and shred the rest. On the weight loss side, I gained about two pounds from our weekend trip to Louisville, but lost a bit of that and have kept the other 15 pounds off. Yay me!

But, here’s the big thing. I’m taking this to the next step this week. First of all, we finally started getting to the Y to exercise in the pool again. It felt so good and it’s always nice to see our morning pool friends again. As of August, we’ve been members of the R.C. Durr Y for five years! Wow…

Second, I’m finally going to be working with a YMCA personal trainer for a while. Her name is Lori and we meet for the first time this afternoon. She’s going to set me up with their ActivTrax program and especially help me with strength training and toning. Stepping into an unknown gym or workout area can be both confusing and overwhelming. I’m so glad that I’ll have a personal trainer with me to show me what to so and I’, very excited about the possibilities!

It is totally appropriate that my first session with Lori happens to be the same day as my annual check up with my doctor. It was so nice to be able to tell my plans for getting back in the habit of working out at the Y pool and adding more exercise with Lori’s help. She was also happy to hear that I have a support group like Cincinnati Losers in place to help with this next step.

So, fifteen pounds down… Time to knock out the next fifteen!





Disclosure: The YMCA was kind enough to provide me free use of a personal trainer so that, as a long time Y member, I could experience more of what the Y has has to offer. I’ll be chronicling my efforts here at Diminishing Returns and periodically on our other blog, Hoperatives. You can also follow along on Twitter at the hashtag #WhyTheY