Tonight I had my first appointment for the Commit to Fit program I am participating in through my YMCA. I wanted to share with you all what the Commit to Fit program is and what I did tonight.
The following came from the first sheet of the packet I had to complete prior to this meeting.
The Commit to Fit program is designed to help you become a regular exerciser. It will help you develop the skills and motivation necessary to become the exerciser you want to be. You probably have some outcome goals that you would like to achieve, like weight loss, but in order to achieve those goals you need to focus on the process of changing your exercise behavior. In these 12 weeks, we will focus on the process and experience of exercise vs. the outcome of exercise. If you learn to enjoy exercise, you will become more successful at reaching your outcome goals. We are here to help you work through this process, but ultimately you are responsible for the changes in your exercise behavior.It is a 12 week program where I meet one-on-one with my fitness coach 4 times, approximately 1 time each month.
Tonight was my first one-on-one meeting with Al. Al is my age and I've actually seen her before when I was playing softball as she is good friends with one of the girls I played in high school with. Because I have been working out at the YMCA for a couple of weeks already using the cardio equipment we chose to skip going over all of that stuff. Instead we just focused on going through all of the Nautilus equipment.
Al demonstrated how to use each piece and then I jumped on to find out what the proper seat settings were and what weight I should use to start out. I found this really awesome because I was able to see it done, then properly set myself up on the machine with the assistance of Al, and then try it out myself and ask questions about what I was doing.
Once we were finished going through everything we chatted a bit about things like my eating habits because obviously diet is going to be a key part in losing weight. Which, by the way, I've set a goal of losing 55 total pounds. I have a great event to focus on losing the weight for, Chelsea's wedding in September. I have a short-term goal of losing some weight by the end of March as I need to be sized for my bridesmaid dress so it can be ordered.
I ended my time at the gym tonight by hopping on the elliptical for 15 minutes as Chelsea was in the middle of her workout when I was done with Al. It gave me time to chat with Chelsea and to get a little something of a workout in for the day. Al gave me the option of doing a workout as we went through everything but I decided not to. I did try each machine out with a few reps to determine the weight I would use but nothing serious.
My next appointment with Al will be March 7th. Until then I will be working out 5 days a week, M-W-F weights and T-Th-F 30 minutes of cardio. Friday is the only day I'm concerned about, not that I won't be able to do both weights and cardio, but because I don't work or have class that day so I will need to make myself come into town on my day off. It will be more of a mental struggle than physical.
Tomorrow morning will be cardio with Chelsea so I'm off to bed so I can be rested up for my 7am wake up call. I need to step on the scale to see where I'm at for the beginning of the 12 weeks, and it's been two weeks since I was last on the scale so I need to give myself a reality check on where I'm at.