Thursday, December 16, 2010

Above and Beyond

   Today was my last session at the school rec center with my personal trainer.  You're probably laughing at me for even having a personal trainer.  Who am I that I deserve special treatment like that?  Aren't personal trainers for rich actresses who need to waste their money on something?  Well, I'm not that special, and I'm certainly not rich, but getting a personal trainer was one of the best decisions I've made for myself.  If you know me, you've probably come to realize that exercising is not my favorite thing.  I would be much happier sitting on the couch watching a movie or reading than going out running.  Having a trainer really kept me motivated and held me accountable to someone else.
   You may already know this, but for awhile now I've been having some mental/emotional issues tied in with my appearance.  There's a lot of back story to this, but when I came to vet school I was at the heaviest weight of my life and couldn't manage to lose it on my own due to some difficulties with eating.  I had thought about getting a trainer during my first year at school, but thought it was too expensive, and besides, shouldn't I be able to lose weight on my own?
    After being very frustrated and depressed, I decided to do the PT thing when I came back as a second year.  I was pretty nervous and doubtful that I would like it or stick with it, but then the rec center assigned me the best trainer in the world!  (not an exaggeration)  She's super nice, cheerful, and encouraging.  I thought I would have someone that worked out with me and that would be that, but we really ended up hitting it off, and I found myself with a new friend.  If I had gotten someone else I really doubt I would have kept up with it. But as it is, I've been training with her for the last three semesters, and we're only stopping because she graduated.
    So basically what I'm trying to say is PT has been a great experience for me.  My trainer helped me meet my fitness goals and as a result I feel better about my appearance, and more importantly about myself as a whole.  I feel like my whole attitude has had a makeover since I began this. She has been a real blessing in my life, and I know I couldn't have done it with her.


  1. Look at you being all honest and personal on a blog post! Way to go for that. That sounds like a pretty awesome program your school has going there.

  2. Hey, that sounds highly familiar (minus the PT)! I actually love working out, but I have trouble giving up study time for it. I've had my own struggles, especially since I used to be a runner and super in-shape. Vet school makes it pretty difficult to stay that way, but slowly I'm getting back on my feet (literally). Congrats on reaching your goals! If you ever need a workout buddy...