Personal Training…The End

FB_IMG_1452698895222You might know my story about hurting my knee and doing physical therapy and now working with a personal trainer because I’ve written about it before.  I like to say it was a sports injury, but it was more like I fell off my shoes on the stairs and somehow injured my right knee… 🙂

Yesterday I finished my 20 outrageously expensive personal training sessions that you pay for upfront.  I’m sure it’s set up that way because then you’re pretty reluctant to miss a session…  That’s 20 hours, people, of having someone put you through paces like you were going to play offensive tackle for an American football team.  I am serious.  I actually pulled a piece of equipment called a sled, some days with 110 pounds, other days with 160 pounds.th

I did push ups and chest presses and squats and bicep curls and things I don’t even know the names of, and I paid for the privilege.  I really do think the Chicago Bears might consider using me this year…  I mean, it’s the Bears, how bad could I be?

I created waves with a big, heavy rope, with both arms, one at a time, circles in and circles out.  I rode a recumbent bike every visit, walked on a treadmill, stretched, lifted free weights, did hip bridges on a big exercise ball and glowed with the sweat of ten people!th (2)

My trainer, Keith, was very patient, always encouraging, never judgemental, but pushed me 100 times harder than I would have pushed myself, all without injury, for which I’m terribly grateful.  I’m not totally sure he got my sense of humor but we made it past the hate part of our love/hate relationship!  I haven’t lost a lot of weight, but I’ve gained a good deal of muscle, conditioning, strength and confidence in what I can do.  It’s still damn hard, but afterwards I went right over to our park district and joined the health/aquatic center.  Hubby and youngest son and I start on Wednesday and I’m kind of excited.20160203_103350-2

Keith and I said our goodbyes and I thanked him for putting up with me and he congratulated me on my progress and told me to keep working hard and protect my knee.   I told him I was just a little disappointed that there wasn’t a going away party with cake, and not any of that tofu-wheat germ crap either, and Keith just laughed.  I think he thought I was kidding 😉

~ Diane D.                                   Photos from Bing.com or my own

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  1. Congrats, Diane! It sounds like you’re energized about your exercise, and that’s when weight loss is fun. And yeah, no thanks on the wheat germ and tofu. 😀

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    1. Thanks, I love to exercise, or I love how I feel after I exercise, lol. For some reason I kind of stopped for awhile, but getting back into it without injury. And feeling sore, but good!

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  2. Good luck with signing for the Bears! I’d have been disappointed re the lack of cake at the end too… 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Al, a person after my own heart!

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  3. Great job, Diane! You have done a lot better than I would have. I really have to get back to my walking in the pool – it is a good exercise that doesn’t harm my knee or other joints while it gives incredible results when I keep up with it. Last time I progressed too fast, triggered my sciatica and stopped for a whole year! You deserve that cake…too bad I gave up all my decorating equipment last week!

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    1. Thank you! Our club offers ai chi, water tai

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      1. I should look into that! They have a “gentle joints” class but it is really quite advanced.

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      2. Ours says all levels, cause he will have to start off slow

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    2. Chi classes that I want hubby to take, he has RA

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      1. I have Osteoarthritis, Fibromyalgia, a full knee replacement and an old back fracture so all the joints and muscles are pretty weak and creaky!

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      2. Oh, well, you have to take it slow!

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      3. Yes, but I really do need to start doing something. You are a great inspiration!

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      4. Thank you! The money spent was a great motivator to get my butt in gear!

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  4. Good for you! I had a ruptured detached achilles a couple years ago that required 8 weeks of PT. I hated the Vest of Shame. It was 30 pounds, looked like a life jacket, and made the work outs really annoying, especially when I was able to ‘run’ which was more like a waddle. But congrats on getting through your Personal Training. I hope your knee stays strong and sturdy!

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    1. I’m finding this is a lifetime thing, but I do like the feeling after working out! The problem with your heel sounds painful! I’m trying to get hubby to do more and go with me, he has rheumatoid arthritis and needs water walking stuff that’s easy on his joints

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  5. You rock, lady! Keep up the good routine!

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  6. You’re a true inspiration for all of us who hate to run! Congrats on your fine progress!!

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    1. I do hate running, but I’ll walk on the treadmill!

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  7. Inspiring me, Diane!

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  8. Been there, way too often. I have had numerous injuries/accidents from the hips down. Ugh. I always consider PT to be “Personal Torture”. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t, and sometimes, the insurance coverage wears out, and all of a sudden “you are healed” and released. ☺

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    1. Oh, no! Insurance covered my physical therapy but person training was private pay.

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  9. Pretty darn smart of them to make you pay up front. Congratulations on what sounds like some grueling training.

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    1. Thank you! Not for everybody! But I never would have pushed myself so hard

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  10. Congratulations. And now you aremuch stronger for it. And I am talking to mentally. Because it doens take mental strength to continue when your body is ready to quit. Congrats and great job. Hope your knee is doing better.

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    1. Thanks! I saw you said you were in an accident. I take it you’ve had therapy? Are you okay? It is difficult, but I wasn’t ready to accept limitations yet, that time will come soon enough lol. I am so much better, thanks

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      1. Over a year of therapy. Two surgeries. Now in therapy again. Good for you. Don’t ever let life put limitations on you.

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      2. It is a tough road, isn’t it? I’m sorry, hope your therapy is helping. No limits, baby, that’s us!

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      3. Aw, it helps a little. Yeah, no limits.

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  11. Yay! Great job. I’d be panting on the floor. 🙂

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    1. I was panting, my hair was wringing wet and some days I thought I couldn’t possibly do it, lol

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  12. Good job! I’ve got to get back into shape for hauling stuff to the shows 🙂 Keep in up!

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    1. It is never ending. This getting older thing is for the birds!

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      1. Getting older is better than the alternative 🙂 Now if I could learn to type- it was supposed to be “keep it up”

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  13. I’m impressed that you signed up, let alone finished 20 sessions! Congratulations. I have a deep aversion to perspiration, therefore short walks in the cool of the evening will have to count as my ‘exercise’. Signed, Forty and not so Fit (aka Rhonda)

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    1. Thank you, I hate to have to wash my hair all the time, cause the drying and straightening . I know that’s lame…;)

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  14. Well done girl. You stuck with it and now moving on to other good stuff. Keith should know that we don’t joke about cake 🙂

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    1. Thank you! I’m a little afraid to stop exercising now!

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  15. Congratulations on successfully getting through all the sessions! You sound invigorated! Keep working hard! 🙂
    Now, if only I had the courage to hire a personal trainer! 😛

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    1. I bet you really would like it. It was costlier than I thought but I felt safer working one on one with someone at first. Thanks, I know now I really can’t let up!

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  16. I’m inspired with your blog post. Very impressive!

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    1. Thanks, James, it was grueling but I’m proud of myself for doing it! Now I’m afraid to stop, lol!

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  17. Good for you! I’m now inspired to keep it up myself!

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    1. One of the toughest workouts I’ve had!

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  18. You did good! Too bad we can’t hear more about Keith! darn

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  19. Hope you are all healed up now. Ready for walks with J.P.or the hubby when it is nice outside. 🙂
    Any occasion calls for cake or ice cream in my world! 🙂

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    1. We are all going to our park district to work out. It’s gorgeous and will have youngest work with a personal trainer there on strengthening and endurance.

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  20. Strong work!! I wish everybody had access to excellent PT and personal trainers! Injury prevention and rehab are so important for keeping ourselves healthy and strong for life. I’ve had a trainer for two years now and I’m doing things I never thought I’d do, and I feel fantastic! Move On, Be Strong, Kick Butt! 😄

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    1. Hardest thing I’ve done physically since giving birth! But so satisfying afterwards

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