Free fitness trainer sessions: week 2, plus the start of MyFitnessPal food diary journey

TGIF! I look forward to Fridays every week every school year because I get to breath and wake up normal hours without the rush of a typical school week the following day. 6 school days left before summer break, you guys! What are you looking forward to this school summer vacation? For us, we are finalizing the preparations for our Family Cruise Vacation in August. It will be our first time so we are a little bit on the giddy side. Definitely worth giving it a go at least once in a lifetime to check it off the bucket list. I have a mental one of those.

Of course, because we are taking one luggage each, because we are flying to the port location, maximization of clothing apparel is key. Certain ones will have to have dual purposes and it does not hurt that less fabric will help in maximizing my haul. You know, I am not a light packer. I can squeeze the air out of my clothes all I want but in the end I just really have to be smart about what I take. I’m already brain storming how I will make this happen. Haha One way is to get fitter until our scheduled vacation. I really would love to be comfortable enough to sport a two-piece with my teens but we will see how I fair by then. I haven’t worn a two-piece since my first pregnancy.

So, I’ve managed to complete my 2nd week at the gym – opting to go 3x a week and doing resistance training to get better results this time around. Read about my gym journey for our summer family vacation last year. I’ve gotten to the point where I’m getting more comfortable working out in front of people and not caring how I look like. I focus on the muscles working to eliminate the introvert-infused inhibitions from discouraging me.

What I have done new this week

I’m feeling good. I am eating healthier and I started using MyFitnessPal.com to log-in my food consumption. I just use the free version. Supposedly, I can add my exercises too but I am having a bit of a problem doing that online, have not downloaded the app. No biggie at this time. Logging in my food already takes some time, I don’t want to have to figure out how to add the exercises too because my exercises are not just one movement. The good thing about adding exercise however is that it calculates calorie burned against calorie intake, thereby increasing your targeted calorie maximum and still fall within your daily goal – I burn more, I eat more. I love food!

Let me tell you, measuring my food intake is a pain! I’m not going to lie. It’s time consuming; however, I do feel good being aware of what I consume for the entire day. It’s become my incentive to reach for something healthier throughout the day because I’m visually aware of what I’m eating. For me, it’s worth the time. This is my first week pairing up exercise with food portioning. My calculated daily calorie intake is measured at 1400, at a 1 lb weight loss per week, for now. I just plugged in the numbers and chose an option and there you go, 1400 daily caloric goal. If I add my exercises too, my calorie goal would still be 1400 but I can eat more because I’m burning some of it. 

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My daily caloric intake is not exact because most of what I eat does not come with a convenient nutritional table but I try to get close to it based on the information available on Myfitnesspal database. I do try to stay within that or have a calorie deficit – which I have been successful for 4 days now. Today is my 5th day. And I am heading out to the gym to burn more calorie and turn more of my fat to muscle. See my Insta feed for my food pics I’ve been enjoying.

Yesterday, I walked on the treadmill for 15 minutes. I increased my incline to 4% and build up to a speed of  3.9 mph pace. I burned close to 100 calories. Which got me to thinking just how much food is that for me?

Foodnetwork.com has a quick sample of what 100 calories look like. It just helps me put things in perspective. Here are some on the list for a plant-based diet:

  • 1 tbsp of peanut butter
  • 1/3 of an avocado
  • 4 tbsp of hummus
  • 33 cherry tomatoes
  • 12 pieces of potato chips
  • 3.25 cups of air-popped popcorn
  • 1 medium banana
  • 17, in shell, edamame
  • 15 halve pieces of dry roasted cashes

Now, the trainer update

Monday this week, my trainer introduced me to exercise bands. I had no clue there were so many exercises that can be done with it. As a plus, I have one at home already – gifted by my sister – and it’s so portable! I can take it to the cruise even. Haha. So very light that it shouldn’t take that much space. I was sore the moment I finished eating lunch that day on the glutes area. Wow!

Wednesday, I tried to replicate the exercises that my trainer showed me Monday with the band at home. I’m starting to love the easiness of it and I can tell this will be my go to for when I’m not in the gym. I also love how my trainer took charge and gave me nearly one whole hour where she’s right there teaching me the moves, and not  just give me a list of exercises. Eventually, that will be the case; but, I need to learn how to do it properly first so I can do it on my own successfully.

Thursday this week, I went to the gym with the hubby and worked without my trainer because we went to a different gym. I did pretty well on my own, felt comfortable along side the more seasoned gym veterans. It’s nice to see their progress too and how they use each machine so I can mimic it for next time. Note: not all weight machine users use the machine(s) properly. When in doubt, ask a trainer on duty that day. There were different set of machines at this gym than what I’m used to but I did 3 sets of 15 at 30 lb. for each machine. I think I may have to increase the weight next time to continue with 10 count per set. 

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Heading out to meet my trainer today. Last Monday, she mentioned introducing me to Box Jump. I’ve never done this before but I’m definitely interested. I just hope I don’t fall because although my knees are pretty healthy, there is this balancing factor in the mix too that I may or may not have depending on the day. haha. Wish me luck.

Where to get free trainer sessions. Read my Week 1 post.

Final Words

I am not a nutritionist or a fitness trainer so my journey is a learning process based on my abilities. There are so many free available information online but to get to the legit ones, there are a lot to sift through. You’re best start is your doctor who can help guide you toward the right information, or start with a fitness trainer and be honest with your limitations so you don’t end up hurting yourself. Every body is different. I still eat what I crave but in portions. I have that Oreo cookie stashed in the back of the pantry that I dug into the other day. 3 Oreo cookies is 160 calories. I ate 2. I still want to be able to eat what I want and I should be able to in moderation. I just have to be smarter and not eat mindlessly which I’m known for especially when Netflix binge watching – then all of a sudden I’ve already eaten a whole pint of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream while I continue to sit and watch. Ugh! Not a good habit.

I am looking forward to my week 3 and I know it’s a lot of work for now but I am want to see definite results and so I put the effort. How do you keep your fitness in check? Do share your tips.

Until next time.

Mabuhay!

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