I never thought I’d be the kind of person who would feel the need to hire a personal trainer. Come on, I ran a marathon! Alas, I found out the hard way that once you stop running, you stop burning calories. And once you keep eating, you stop being thin. Truth is, at 26, I wasn’t a stranger to exercise, but I was in a slump and I needed a change.
Sean was that change. Working out with Sean was the best thing I think I’ve ever done. I met with him every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning. It was his job to constantly find ways for me to say, “That’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life.” I loved it! I loved my workouts and for the past 9 months, I scheduled the rest of my life around them…instead of the other way around.
For a foodie like myself, the biggest obstacle to getting to my goal weight was the inability to stop putting food (read:carbs) in my mouth. I learned the hard way that it’s all but impossible to out-exercise a bad diet. But as many times as I’d backslide and feel like I was starting over, Sean kept it real and kept me accountable--every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. I can all but imagine how much sooner I would have given up otherwise! But I stayed consistent, and it was never too late to make a fresh start. And as Sean would say to me consistently before every workout, it was never too late to “do this thing.” So I did.
As far as my results? Well, the short answer to this can be summed up in two words: Clapping push-ups.*
But to elaborate, I actually started working out with Sean while I was rehabbing an injury I got while running. The workouts Sean gave me were so demanding that before I knew it, six weeks had gone by and I was running again…and it was easy. Sean made running feel easy. Who is this guy??
It was only a matter of time before I was jumping rope like a (semi) pro and doing box jumps with four freaking boxes.* After every workout I would be so giddy with excitement that I’d go into work and demonstrate what I did on top of the counters and behind the yogurt machines. I never did manage broad jumps down the sidewalk.
I went from doing 20-minute walks on my days “off,” to running 5 miles before work, and longer on the weekends.* I got enough confidence to train for my sixth half marathon and then go run it in my fastest time ever—with only running 3 days a week…tops! I have more energy, more happiness, a new appreciation for all that I’m capable of (Box jumps with 5 boxes? Maybe someday…).
My results. Have been. Awesome.
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