Thursday, May 15, 2008

Setting a Goal

Today I met with the personal trainer at the gym we joined. They give you one free session with the trainer to ask them whatever you want or have them show you whatever you need shown.

Usually they weigh you, test your body fat, make you run on the treadmill, etc. I was fully prepared for this but not looking forward to it in the slightest. Luckily I had to do none of that. When I started talking to him it was obvious that he was going to just show me what I needed to be shown and that was not the cardio stuff. The treadmill and the elliptical (oh how I hate you...) I know how to use. It was the other equipment in the gym that baffled me.

So he walked me through the weight machines and showed me how do work each one. How many repetitions I should be doing, how much weight I should be lifting etc. He gave me a lot of good ideas to tone my midsection which is really the only area I'm focused on right now.

So I have set myself a goal. By my five year wedding anniversary in September I want to have my waist back. I know that seems like a long time out but he agreed with me, better I set my goal reasonable and reach it earlier than set it too high and get discouraged.

So... September here I come. We might just have to check into a hotel for our five year just so I can have an excuse to wear a bathing suit!! :-)


Jessica said...

Bathing Suit? Is that PG for sexy negligee? LOL!!

For me...I need to set rediculous goals because I work WAY better under pressure.

My wedding dress came in two sizes to small 45 days prior to our wedding. I remember my mom coming in to zip it and she couldn't even get one little tooth on the zipper covered. I lost the weight though, had to because it was too late to order a new one. (SIGH) Good times...good times.
Or when I was a bridesmaid in my friends wedding and my dress was too small when I got it in. So I busted my @$$ to lose weight. I made a deal with myself that I was not going to try the dress on until the day of the wedding (of course I didn't tell her that) but this way I knew I NEEDED to acheive. I nearly cried when I put the dress on and was able to zip it myself with room to spare.'s my friend!

Anonymous said...

I agree with Jess. I think you have to set your goals to almost unachievable or you will not push yourself. And honestly, if you don't meet your goal, you can't be disappointed because it is your own fault.

Heather said...


Thank you for raining on my parade. Nothing like a little if you fail it is all your fault to get a person motivated to work out.

Look, I have NEVER worked out before in my life. I'm excited to be doing something for myself and if I don't achieve my goals then yes, I can be disappointed if I want to. That's the joy of doing this for me and only me, I can set my goals where I want and I can feel about it however I want.

Kbreints said...

I have to agree with Heather. I am one that if pushed to do something-- I just won't. and I will NOT feel bad about it. So I do much better with less pressure.

better to set attainable goals... feel good about it and then set another.

Good for you Heather for doing something for yourself! So much of our time is for others-- husband-child-kids--- this way you have some "mommy time" and feel good after!

Bree said...

When I said "you can only blame yourself", I didn't mean you specifically. I meant whomever is setting the goal, whatever the goal may be. I think its great that you are going to the gym, and have set a goal for yourself.

Honestly, I meant nothing personal by it and didn't mean to "rain on your parade" Good luck at the gym, it can be daunting at times.

Jessica said...

I read it the same way as Heather did Bree. However now that I know you said it I reassured Heather that you meant nothing "non-supportive" by it. I actually told her...."I am three times bigger than you and Bree has seen me thin and fat and has been nothing but supportive of me. Now that I know she said it I can assure you she meant nothing mean by it!"
Unfortunately other "anonymous" posters mean to rain on parades.

Thanks for the clarification.

stella said...

You go girl! You can do it. There will be days when you will have to force yourself to go but when you're done, you feel so much better you wonder "what was I thinking?" Can't wait to see the updated Heather in September.

Anonymous said...

Everyone's different... if I over push myself I get discouraged instead of pushed! So you take this how you need to and do what's best for you. I'm so glad to see you're taking the healthy route instead of one of those 'lose weight quick' schemes! Exercise and a healthy diet seem to give me extra energy. I almost feel sick when I do have to skip a workout or stop at Mickey D's for dinner! Good Luck!

Jessica said...


Did that last anonymous mention "healthy diet" (GASP) they did!

The nerve! :)

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