June 18, 2010

Exercise - Feeling virtuous, feeling pain!

So, this week I started work with a personal trainer in an effort to transform myself from a squishy and cuddly couch potato to a slightly less cuddly, but more fit, active sort of person. I have a long way to go!

My first session with the PT was on Wednesday, but I made the effort to go to water aerobics on Monday and Tuesday, then worked out in the weight room with the trainer on Wednesday, and then walked on the track for 4 kilometers / 45 minutes today (yeah, I know I am slow!). Tomorrow I work out with the PT again.

I am rather sore.

I like the H2O aerobics, but my old swimsuit is getting loose and is made of a kind of rough material that is painfully chafing my inner arms. I ordered a new suit on sale from Land's End, but until it arrives, no more water aerobics.

I thought I might do the couch to 5k program, but found that even the initial stage, running for 60 seconds, walking for 90 seconds, over a total of 20 minutes, was very taxing (Um, the 90 seconds wasn't even close to enough recovery time for my shocked cardiovascular system) - so I walked briskly for 45 minutes instead, and I think I got a decent workout - kept my heart rate up and ended up with wobbly legs. I get that it is pretty sad that a 4k was about as much as I could manage, but I suppose it's a start.


  1. You go girl! You gotta start somewhere is right. The walking and water aerobics is awesome. I want to do the couch to 5k run too. The rate you are going though, you will be running and I will still be on the couch. We should do it together!!

  2. Well, I think I need to get to the point where I can jog for more than 90 seconds without being on the verge of cardiac arrest...

    I am actually loving the personal training though and starting to feel, if not see, the results. Pretty cool really, for a girl who is built more for comfort than for speed!

  3. Hi Margo, I'm Kim, 45 years old as well and just had my VSG this past Monday. I feel like I hit the jackpot with your blog, your recipes will be such a help in the months to come. I have a husband that's a fabulous (as well as fit and healthy) cook and I know he is wondering what to do now that his greatest fan is in food limbo.

    You are doing so well, it's an inspiration to read your blog and know that good things are in store for me too, if I stay on course and work hard. I try to stay away from the boards, as a nurse and a skeptic at heart I just find myself annoyed by them.

    Looking forward to watching us shrink! Be well, Kim