Well, I had my first session with my personal trainer this morning. The machine that accurately measures weight and body mass index wasn't working properly, so we'll try to get that again next week at my next session.
She has set me up with a beginners program which one day focuses on cardio and then the following day focuses on weight training. This is manageable, but difficult nonetheless. I am SO out of shape! I can't even stand on one foot anymore for 15 seconds! Pitiful!
We discussed in depth what I want to get out of this and what kind of regime I need to stick to in order to accomplish my goal.
She did tell me that people like myself, that have Grave's Disease and take thyroid medications often take longer to reach their goals. It has something to do with the weird metabolisms we have and the autoimmune problems as well. She said I'll eventually get there, but to be aware it usually takes longer for people like myself. Add to that the age I'm beginning this process and I will need way more patience than I'm prone to in order to succeed.
In a year, she said I could get close if I stick with it.
The other thing she lectured me on was my diet. The fact that I rarely eat breakfast or lunch is problematic. She explained that when you don't eat at least something in the morning and at lunch on a regular basis, your body goes into 'starvation' mode, so it tends to hold the fat for energy. I have to document every single thing I put in my mouth the whole duration of my training. This is a great challenge for me! I explained that my whole body is backwards. I like to eat much later in the day, I like to stay up much later. My body is totally out of sync with the normal body patterns. Hmmmm...should be interesting. She said it's better to eat 8 - 9 really small meals per day so your body know it's safe to burn off the fat I already have.
I was also told NEVER do two consecutive days of weight training as it's really hard on the body and could actually cause injuries.
Next week I plan to have her take a photo of me that I'll post and thereafter take one each month so I can see the progression.
And so this part of my new journey begins!!!