Working through the Pain

Francesca Silva

So am I enjoying my twice-weekly workouts with my personal trainer? Hmmmm…“enjoying” may be a bit of a stretch (if you’ll pardon the pun) but at least my body’s starting to feel the benefits.

I’m fine when I’m exercising – but the day after that? Those aches and pains…oh my. A couple of sessions ago, I told Paula I was convinced that one of the requirements of being a personal trainer is to have a bit of a sadistic personality. She just laughed and increased the weight on one of the machines, telling me that I wasn’t even breathless when I said that (serves me right, too)!

Seriously, though, I’m already starting to feel the benefits of my workouts. The first couple of times I exercised, I felt incredibly sleepy for the rest of the day and couldn’t sleep at night. Now that I’ve established a routine, however, the reverse has happened – I have all this boundless energy during the day and am sleeping like a baby at night, which is bliss because I can’t remember the last time I slept so well!

I intersperse two days of exercise a week with two days of yoga practice – and I’ve already noticed that my arms, legs and abs and less flabby (although it may just be wishful thinking). I never thought I’d say this but I’m actually enjoying myself!

Here’s the kicker, though. I’ve used up my sessions with Paula and am now going to be left on my own to exercise, using all the equipment and training she’s given me. I’m not worried about being able to stick to the routine – my concern is one of perseverance. I know myself well enough to realize that I can’t miss a session because, once that starts, I’ll miss another and another…just like my Neti Pot cleansing!

Last Thursday, when my mother went to her exercise class, I already thought about skipping my workout and going to the bookstore instead, but in the end I forced myself to go – and am really glad I did.

So here’s hoping I’ll have the mental toughness to continue. I guess it helps that Paula’s usually at the gym and says she’ll keep an eye out for me and call to give me grief if I don’t show up!

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