By Elizabeth B
I put off hiring a trainer for a long time, thinking I could reach my health and fitness goals by myself. After all, I am a runner and I eat healthy meals.
I was running at least three times a week and at a pretty decent pace for a 43-year-old mom (9:30 minute/mile) for three or four miles at a time. But some warning signs had started to get my attention. Over the past few years, I had seen the pounds slowly creeping up, until I was 10 pounds heavier than I was when I had turned 40. My clothes weren’t fitting as well as they used to, and the lack of any other type of exercise was putting a strain on my lower body at the expense of everything else. Plus, my running pace had slowed down with the increased weight and the repeated, similar workouts. I knew I needed to make a change, but I was nervous to try.
The challenge, in my mind, was finding time to work with a trainer. I am a mom of three kids and an attorney whose work is not only full-time but also involves travel every month. I didn’t have time to meet a trainer at a gym and I doubted my ability to keep up a routine while on the road. I also had never really worked with weights before. But when Walter told me about his virtual training program, with workouts programmed and pushed out through an app along with weekly phone calls, I decided to give it a try.
It was the best decision I could have made. Walter helped me to identify my fitness goals: lose 10 pounds, improve muscle tone, and improve my running pace. He developed new strength training workouts for me each week and sent them to me via his fitness app; with move-by-move demos, it couldn’t have been easier to follow along. Walter had me start doing speed interval workouts to improve my running pace. He also gave me a customized meal plan with foods I liked; I tracked my meals through a food app that synced up with the fitness app. Two big realizations for me from the food tracking process were that my serving sizes had been too big before and I wasn’t eating enough protein. Using apps made it easy to keep up with everything when I was on the road too. I truly made my health and fitness a priority–and sometimes that required me to get creative with time. Blocking out an hour at lunch that I fiercely protected, going for a run while my daughter was at sports practice, or getting up 30 minutes earlier when on travel, helped me make time to exercise.
The results? I couldn’t be happier! I lost the 10 pounds, and my clothes fit normally again. In fact, I am wearing suits that had become too tight, and others that I had purchased in the past year are now too baggy. Even though I have more I want to accomplish on the strength training and toning front, I am proud to show my arms now, my stomach and legs are much more toned, and I have increased the speed of my running pace by over 1:15 minutes/per mile (now at 8:15 per mile!). I am sleeping better and feeling amazing. Thank you Walter!!!