Personal Goals, Personal trainer!

So, I finally did it! I joined a gym! I have always been pretty active. In college I took fitness classes, and would go to the gym pretty frequently throughout the week. When I moved to Phoenix I would utilize my apartment’s gym. It was actually pretty decent for an apartment gym! Not having to pay for a gym membership seemed worth it at the time, when I could easily get an elliptical machine, or treadmill. Unfortunately, my apartment complex’s gym here is pretty bad. Only 3 treadmills, and 2 are broken…. it is impossible to get any piece of equipment, and its all hot and crowded. I don’t know about you, but I like my personal space when I’m working out and all sweaty!

Not only did I join a gym, but I also signed up for a personal trainer twice a week. I have ALWAYS wanted to do this! I have been lacking motivation to work out lately, so I thought this would be perfect time as any! My first training session was yesterday morning, bright n early!

Day 1:

I went to the gym to meet with my personal trainer. When I arrived he asked me a few questions, took my weight, and my BMI. Stepping on a scale in front of someone (especially a nearly 300 pound body builder) is always uncomfortable, but I just kept reminding myself that you have to start somewhere! and it’s only going to get better from here. I have never ever in my life had my body fat percentage taken, so naturally I was very nervous. There are 3 ranged of BMI – bad, good, and excellent. Thank goodness I fell into the “good” category! That’s a “good” place to start 🙂

After this, my trainer had me do a light warm up. So I immediately went up to the track and ran about a mile and a half. Im usually an avid treadmill runner, having just started really enjoying running in January, so this was different for me, but I LOVED it! There’s something about actually moving, and not being stationary that really intrigued me. It was also nice to have other people running on the track next to me, and being able to peek down into the weight room & around the gym while I was going. I will definitely make this part of my routine!

Rope test

After my light run, my trainer ran me through a few strength tests. And, boy oh boy, am I SORE today! I can’t believe how weak I am! We did a giant rope test, where I had to take 2 heavy ropes in each arm and lift them over my head 20 times.. it was awful. And SO difficult. I cant wait for it to be easier….one day….The photo above obviously is not me (yet 😉 ) but this is what I had to do! I find it very hard to believe this lady’s smile is genuine 😉

Ab workout

After this we did a few ab workouts (which I loved!) Where I fastened my feet into little harnesses, into a pushup position, and did mountain climbers and burpee-type moves. It felt like I was flying! (Again, this is not me in the photo)

After this we were finished. I could barely even catch my breath for quite some time. Im excited to get stronger!! My trainer said the reason I was hurting so bad and didn’t have energy was because of my breakfast. Or, in his words, lack there of. This morning before the gym I ate a greek yogurt, topped with blueberries and a small handful of cinnamon bunches of oats. Normally this breakfast would fill me up just fine before a run or just to fuel me until lunch, but as soon as I told my trainer I had eaten this, he shook his head in disappointment! I was shocked! He said this would make a great snack, but not a pre-workout breakfast. He suggested eating 4 egg whiles, 1/2 cup of oatmeal, or eggs and vegetables. I will definitely do this next time to ensure I have more energy for these difficult workouts Im about to embark on.

breakfast

Smoothie

After my workout I was ravenous! I went home and made myself a filling, post-workout smoothie:

Green Smoothie:
• A big handful of Kale
• 1 frozen banana
• handful of blueberries
• 1 scoop of chocolate protein powder
• a scoop of greek yogurt
• a little bit of almond milk to get things moving
 

It hit the spot and kept me full for awhile! After getting ready, I went to meet up with my dad & brother. My brother just moved back to Columbus for law school! I am beyond excited to be living in the same city as him again, and being about an hour and a half from our parents 🙂 I helped him move in a little bit, and then my dad took us out to lunch.

Monsters_University_poster_3

After lunch I headed back to my apartment to meet Alex and we went to see maybe the best movie I’ve seen in a LOOOONG time…MONSTERS UNIVERSITY! It was amazing. I love all Pixar movies, but this one was exceptionally amazing! GO SEE IT RIGHT NOW! 🙂

salad hummus

After the movie we went to grab some takeout from Aladdin’s for dinner! I love Mediterranean food, but had yet to try this place. And let me tell you, I may eat there every day for the rest of my life. It was THAT good. There were tons of options, I was almost overwhelmed with all the goodness! I opted for the Greek Chicken Salad, and a side order of pita and hummus for me and Alex to share. It was yummers!!! I will definitely be going back again very soon.

Today is about being lazy, grocery shopping and preparing for the week ahead! Hope you have a wonderful Sunday 🙂

The weekend in food

I don’t think it’s any secret that I love food, and this weekend just so happened to be full of delicious meals. I’ve recently made a (verrrrrrrry loooong) list of all the restaurants I want to try in Phoenix, so there will be many more of these posts to come!

FRIDAY : I went to lunch with my friend Jeremiah, who is a mac and cheese CONNOISSEUR. He is obsessed with every, any, and all kinds of mac & cheese. So on Fridays we go exploring to a new restaurant where we can get mac & cheese! This weeks was super delicious, from Humble Pie. Definitely some of the best mac & cheese I have ever had.
SATURDAY: Alex was in town so we went out to dinner at Olive & Ivy, this adorable italian restaurant in Scottsdale. For an appetizer was ordered my all-time favorite, pita & hummus, but also had delicious red sangria and mushroom tortellini. Two thumbs up!
SUNDAY: Sunday was a super lazy day for us! Alex made his famous chicken marinade, as I made pan-fried garlic asparagus. Perfect comfort food for a lazy day. And of course as the day become night my sweet tooth grew larger & larger until I rummaged through my pantry for the pumpkin bar mix. I topped them off with my homemade maple icing & chocolate chips.