How Your Personal Trainer helped me be the slimmest I have been in 15 years
When I arrived in Paris in December 2013 for a year work assignment from the Netherlands, I had an objective to focus on myself. You may say, â€œShouldnâ€™t you focus on your job as well?â€ Let me say this, the dedication I have given to my job over the last few years has given me tremendous opportunities and I appreciate it so much but I was pretty well trained on what needed to be done. So I had a thought, how about if I focus that dedication on becoming as fit as I can be. In the past I always did fitness activities that was not going to be a problem doing the exercise, it was maintaining the consistency and discipline. This is where I knew if I wanted to do this well, a PT will be required.
I remember meeting Marcus back in January where I was given â€œmy interviewâ€ for him to determine whether I could be a member of the team. Well since Iâ€™m writing this for YPT you can say I passed the interview and Marcus took me on and from there we started with:
1. Regular weigh ins
2. Food Diary (I never realised how great this is, when you are first starting out and to build up the consistency. You need to do this!!!)
3. Discussions about reduction of bread intake (Hey! Iâ€™m Greek, I love it! But I have been reduced to just eating it 2 times a week now and miracles do happen)
4. Regular PT sessions with Marcus and Jim
5. Walkouts and Intervals (Theyâ€™re still my weak areas and I still donâ€™t love them, but I have accepted that theyâ€™re not going anywhereâ€¦)
It commenced in January and the run is coming to an end now in October since Iâ€™m returning to the Netherlands. I would like to say what this YPT journey has given me:
Â· Achievement that I could actually run and also be able to do a 21km run. This will be my best achievement of 2014 me thinks, nothing can beat this!
Â· Nowadays I see a 10km run as a short run. Which it is, itâ€™s only going to take an hour of your day, so get moving!
Â· Dropping 2 jean sizes! Painful part has been throwing away my designer jeans, however more painful would be walking around the streets in these jeans with them sitting below my hips J
Â· Being the slimmest I have been in 15 years after the yo-yo dieting
Â· Forget the notion of â€œI want to lose 10 kilos in a monthâ€ If you want to lose/ maintain weight. It is going to be a lifelong journey and part of that is being consistent in your exercise and also understanding what youâ€™re eating the way it helps or doesnâ€™t help you lose weight. You just need to find what works for you.
Â· Two great PTâ€™s in Marcus and Jim and whom Iâ€™m really going to miss as your pep talks have really helped me along this journey.