I am sharing some resources with you should you wish to begin your own journey toward improved wellness. I am a certified personal trainer but I am not YOUR personal trainer. What is the difference? Were I your PT, I would be taking your blood pressure, getting to know your physical, and personal strengths and weaknesses, advising you to talk to your doctor before beginning a workout, etc. The information provided in this post is for educational purposes only.
I never know how much I should write. when I look for recipes I never wish to read a big backstory about the recipe. Just give me the info. I sometimes read the stories behind the fitness posts I lookup. I used to be a big fitness fan. Back in the 80’s-90’s when fitness was coming into it’s big flashy stage, I was at the local Bally’s Total Fitness (now the local office for the Boy Scouts of America) 3x a week to workout. I collected fitness magazines like some people collected stamps. I was a big fan of; Corey Everson (I have her book), Rachel McLish, Kelly Ryan (so tragic), and Kiana Tom. As much as I thought I was working out and eating right, things didn’t reach the ‘next-level’ until I hired a personal trainer (I was not a trainer at that point). Meaning I never ended up looking like any of these women.
I was working in 2nd mortgage banking, and hating it, I had over-time money burning a hole in my pocket,I(I should have put it in the bank and let it draw interest). Something good did come of that besides reaching a new level of fitness, I met my husband through this personal trainer. I’m still married, and the trainer and I are still best friends.
Something terrible happened during that time. My husband and I met in July of 2003. I was fired from my job that November. Within a week I became very ill. I spent months trying to get better. The doctors had no idea what was going on but kept giving me antibiotics. I almost died. I had to sit in a chair to take a shower. It took days to recover form taking that shower. Outwardly it seemed to be a severe case of tonsillitis. I did not know it at the time but I was being attacked by my own body. My immune system went into overdrive and almost killed me trying to rid itself of a build up of toxins. I cannot remember what it is called but it’s happening more and more to more people. I survived and went on to marry my husband but I’ve never been quite the same ever since. Since that day I’ve gained quite a bit of weight. It’s time to work, really work at removing that extra weight.
All that money spent on training was not lost however. I gained a tremendous amount of knowledge both from my trainer/friend and from training to become a trainer myself.
Knowledge does not make the weight come off, however. Darn hard work does. Make no mistake about it… working out IS hard work especially if you suffer from pain and fatigue. I went for a walk yesterday afternoon before the storm blew in. By the time I returned to the house, I could not feel my face but I was totally invigorated. I took my prayer rope with me and had said 100 Jesus prayers before returning to the house. One of my goals is to increase my walking speed, and times around the block, to get in more prayer. From my keyboard to God, right?
I want to do more than walk. Walking is great. If you need to begin somewhere, begin with walking. If you have a prayer rope or rosary take it with you and pray. Two birds, eh?
I was looking online for workouts to add to my walking regime and I came across this wonderful site: Kettlebell workouts. Greg’s workouts are easy to do, free (how wonderfully generous!) and easily accessed.
Presently (I JUST started yesterday) I am doing do workouts. The first is his 30 day kettlebell squat challenge. the second is a daily kettlebell routine also from his site. The routines are short. If done in a circuit; repeated several times in a row with a short rest (30 sec) between each entire workout, so complete one full workout, rest 30 seconds then do another and another, you can get in a pretty decent workout as a beginner. Enough to begin a physical transformation. As you become stronger/fitter you can increase either the amount of weight you use; go from 15lbs to, 20 then, 25 etc., OR you can increase the number of workouts you do per set. If you normally perform 3, 5 minute workouts for a total workout time of just over 15 minutes; factoring in rests, then add another, and another workout as needed to bring yourself to fatigue. You could end up working out for 30 minutes or more as you progress in your journey but don’t let that become an issue for you now. Right now you just need to do what you can to get yourself moving. Even if you are severely, morbidly obese you can workout. You may not be able to do a kettlebell workout but you can do something even while sitting.
I hope this helps you. A tiny spark of an idea can create a bonfire of change.
Here is an article from an Orthodox Christian website about issues with food.