Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great, relaxing weekend.
I have to be honest and say that last week I felt like I'd just hit a wall and all I wanted to do was SLEEP. Every morning I woke up, laid in bed and thought...
"I can't wait to get back here again tonight."
I think it's the weather...what's that called, seasonal depression? I LOVE the snow, don't mind the cold and can even do an occasional cloudy day or two, but I swear it's been almost TWO weeks with hardly any sunshine. I'm about ready to grab my family, jump in the car and head to the first persons house who tells me they've got warm temps and sunny days.
Anyone have room for a family of 5 to come visit for a bit?
Just in case you were wondering, feeling "blahh" makes for a very UNproductive blogger, and in fact, I posted this photo, that my sneaky-phone-stealing 5 year old snapped, on Instagram just a few days ago, with the following caption.
Truth: When I have a boatload of work to do, I shutdown. Currently laying in bed, still not showered from the gym, watching Dora and chewing on my cuticles.
Thank goodness a lot of you chimed in with your comments admitting that you do the same thing when you feel overwhelmed. It made me feel a lot better, and not so much like a lazy bum... which is probably sorta' more true in this situation above. eeep!
So anyway, I'm trying to pull myself out of this funk by making mental notes of ALL the things that I need to tell you guys about, and at the top of that list is the "Blogger on a Diet" weight-loss story that our local morning show aired the other week. A couple of the Studio 5 team members came out to our house to film a short segment about my weight loss story and "have dinner with us".
It totally spaced my mind to mention it the day it was on, for those of you who are local, so I've found the video and thought it would be good to share it here, for anyone who may not have caught it.
WARNING: I sort of start to cry (ack!), my kids were completely terrified of having to talk on camera "alone" and yes, apparently my 5 year old thinks that LICKING her hand clean qualifies it as being "washed". (proud Mom moment caught on camera).
I'll admit that I was really nervous to have them come film and run the story, only because this whole 'losing weight' part of my life has been SUCH an emotional, LONG journey and I was afraid that I wouldn't be able to put into words what I needed to; but once I saw how it all came together... I was really glad I did it.
This leads me to the second part of my post... questions!
I had a LOT of emails with the same types of questions (about weight loss stuff) after our little segment aired. A bunch of the answers you can find in our series "Blogger on a Diet" listed on the right hand sidebar of our site, but one of the most popular questions was, "Who is your lifestyle coach, what does he really DO for you and is it worth the extra money each month?"
For the past few months, especially after recovering through my foot injury, I had sort of been on my own. The lifestyle coach that I had originally started out with in the beginning of my journey, suddenly had some big things come up in his life and no longer was working with clients. I was doing fine for a month or so, but then I sort of started to let things slide. A not-so-great meal here or there, skipping the gym a few days a week and snitching more than I should of. In all honestly, and thanks to the holidays, this lead me to gaining back about 7 pounds in a 4 month time period. GAH!
just keepin' it real people...
I knew that I HAD to get super proactive again, but felt a bit frustrated because all the food and exercises I was doing weren't really working like they used to... and that only meant one thing, it was time to switch things up again and get serious.
So, Cason called Jared, a guy that he knew from high school who had started Resolute Health and Wellness, and signed us up to meet with him about getting a new diet and workout plan started.
All I have to say, is HOLY BANANAS BATMAN!
Just to clear things up, no, I am not giving myself a breast exam here... (although that's sort of what a few of our Instagram followers said it look like, haha!) I'm trying to convey the crazy amount of soreness that I experienced in the first week of my "Jared-assigned-Resolute" weight-lifting workouts.YIKES!
Don't get me wrong, it was a GOOD hurt, that only lasted a day or so, but it was still a hurt! I only had Cason document this awful picture of me, straight out of bed and just barely in my workout clothes, because I wanted to remember the morning that I actually started WORKING OUT again. It's like my body had been woken up and my muscles were pissed! Even though I had been "sorta" going to the gym for the past few months and "sorta" lifting weights, I KNEW that I wasn't pushing myself nearly as hard as I should of... and my aching muscles were a smack-in-the-face reminder.
Side Note: True love is being able to ask your husband to help you into the last half of your sports bra, because you're stuck and your arms are too sore from yesterdays workout to actually finish pulling and pushing things into the right position so you can finished getting dressed.
Ugh, sports bras, can't live with 'em, can't live without 'em.
It's been just about 3 weeks of working with Jared and at my 2 week check-in I was already down 6 pounds! WHOO HOO!So to answer your question of "What does a lifestyle/fitness coach really DO for me?" In a nutshell...
* He meets with me once a week to measure my progress and plans out all of my food (with exact, easy to follow measurements and instructions) so I don't have to guess about counting calories during the day or eating weird hard to find foods. He also tells me exactly when to eat things, to boost my metabolism and keep it up throughout the day. (so I can burn maximum calories)
* He customizes a workout plan each week just for me (and shows me how to do each move correctly), so that I can achieve my weight loss goals in the time frame that we've set.
* He checks in on me during the week, to make sure I'm on track (usually through text messages)
and best of all...
* He actually TEACHES me WHY my body does the things it does and how to EFFECTIVELY lose weight, without wasting my time or energy.
And THIS is usually where a "lifestyle/wellness coach" differs from a typical "personal trainer" at the gym. Both are amazing at what they do, but Jared was a personal trainer for 4 years, before he realized that making someone sweat to death during a session or two with him was only going to do them so much good! He wanted to educate them about HOW their bodies work and also share with them WHAT to eat, to get them the maximum results, not just at the gym that day, but throughout the rest of the week.
I think I'm safe to say the next thing I'm going to say, because I'm pretty sure Jared doesn't even read our blog... but I'll just be honest, my coach is a nerd... and I'm LOVING IT! Jared is currently finishing up his degree in the area of physiology and sports medicine, so he knows ALL these crazy facts about how the human body works and responds to food and exercise. His little lessons each week are eye-opening for me!
I hope this helped a bit, and to sum it up and further answer those questions from above... look at it this way,
YES, hiring a lifestyle coach IS extra money out of my pocket each month, but the knowledge I'm gaining and weight I'm losing is worth ALL that I'm paying, and more.