It’s been twelve weeks with Trainer Tony. It’s been Wednesday morning at 10:30am religiously and I haven’t missed an appointment. I have to say the proof of working out is in the results. I’m down 8 pounds, it should be more but I’ll take it. So what does 8 pounds look like? Think of it in terms of pounds of butter. Like this picture – only that’s 11 pounds.
My BMI is down 2 points. BMI is an estimate of body fat and a good gauge of your risk for diseases that can occur with more body fat. The higher the BMI, the higher your risk for certain diseases such as heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, gallstones, breathing problems, and certain cancers.
I’m down six inches over all.
The quality of life changes are: being able to step up onto the box (translate that into climbing a stair), using the TRX by squatting with the bands, working the quads so I have better balance (that’s really progressing, painful but working), and the ability to walk longer without pain. I can get up on the stationary bike without the use of the little step stool in the gym. I can use the elliptical machine and treadmill to create a better cardio workout. I even look forward to Tony’s challenges because it shows just how far I’ve come since June 26, 2012 from my double knee replacement. Plus I danced pretty much all evening at my nephew’s wedding.
Eating habits have changed slightly. I eat lighter protein in the evening along with darker vegetables. I know, go figure but the results are there.
Medically, since I started with Tony I’ve been able to lower my insulin by six units. FYI, that’s a REALLY BIG DEAL, especially when you want to get off these meds all together.
Exercise works. You have to do at least 3 to four times a week if not more. You may feel overwhelmed by the thought of exercising but once you start you will see small results that lead to big results and life changes. You will feel the difference and quickly.
If you are even contemplating a lifestyle change, start now. If you’ve been diagnosed as pre-diabetic – get started TODAY. You don’t want to go down that road. Exercise has a direct affect to your glucose readings by lowering them as much as 10 points.
From the American Diabetes Association:
Research shows that you can lower your risk for type 2 diabetes by 58% by:
- Losing 7% of your body weight (or 15 pounds if you weigh 200 pounds)
- Exercising moderately (such as brisk walking) 30 minutes a day, five days a week
This weekend is the grand re-opening of Fitness 19 in Algonquin by the Jewel on the west side. Meet all the trainers- they’re all fantastic, check out the renovation and the programs, and best of all have a little fun. Smile when you exercise. It helps.