It’s no secret that I’ve struggled with my body weight for the past few years.
I’ve talked about the struggle of having to either buy bigger pants or change my eating habits to help my current pants fit.
I’ve talked about how Crossfit used to be a part of my budget but that I decided to quit paying for it when I quit my job.
And last fall I talked about my plans for better self care because I wasn’t happy that I had gained weight.
I had a pretty good run at the beginning of this year. I tracked my food and exercise with my FitBit and I lost nearly 10 pounds. But since then I’ve put that back on plus another 20 or so.
Even though I have a treadmill and elliptical at home, I wasn’t motivating myself to workout and eat right, which is why I finally broke down and hired a personal trainer.
Why I Decided to Shell Out $170 Per Month for a Personal Trainer
At the beginning of August, I ran into a trainer who used to work for my local Crossfit gym. She told me she had quit training there and started her own business “Sweatin’ with Sherri” instead. She asked me if I’d be interested in training with her, but initially I was not at all interested because I knew it would be expensive. After all, expense is part of why I stopped going to Crossfit. It cost $80 per month.
After thinking things over for a few days, I decided to sign up with Sherri. I wrote out my first check for $170 for 12 sessions and it hurt. But I knew I had to do something to start taking care of myself again. I’m not happy with my appearance and with how my clothes fit. Plus my self-confidence had taken a hit too.
Why a Personal Trainer is Worth it For Me
I’m sure not everyone will agree with the decision I made to hire a personal trainer, but I know it was the right choice for me. With my personal trainer, there’s no excuses for not working out because she comes to my house. I also don’t have the temptation to skip one day because it looks too hard.
Best of all, I’m able to do things now that I could never do even when I was lighter and in better shape at Crossfit. My personal trainer is there to focus solely on me an can help me make adjustments to my workout to make it work for my fitness level. Another problem I experienced at Crossfit, though I didn’t realize it at the time, was my competitive nature getting in my way.
Being competitive can be a good thing. It pushes me to work hard and do my best most of the time. But in the instance of fitness it was getting in my way.
I know it’s not the fault of my Crossfit gym, it was all on me. The trainers always say that you are only competing with yourself, but when there’s someone working out next to me, I have to compete with them.
Sometimes this lead to me doing amazing things. But most of the time, it lead to me feeling frustrated, mad, and defeated when I could go as fast, lift as much weight, or work as long without taking a break as someone standing next to me. At that point I’d just give up on myself instead of using my competitive nature to help me do better.
Outside of being able to compete with only myself, I’ve seen other benefits too. Working out with Sherri makes me feel good about myself and my accomplishments. I’ve already improved my stamina and strength after just 1 month, and whenever I get in a good routine of working out, I automatically feel motivated to eat better.
I try not to let the scale being my only measure of success for self care, but it does already show a slight improvement. Plus, my clothes are fitting a little looser.
I know I have a long way to go, but having someone to really hold me accountable is a great step in the right direction toward getting in better health and feeling better about myself too.
Have you ever considered hiring a personal trainer?