So, after a busy day at work I met with my new trainer at 3.30pm. We went through the first half of the programme that I am going to be working on. The gym is starting to feel like a comfortable space now. The people who work there are friendly and so far the people working out there were pretty ‘normal’, not lycra clad gym bunnies at all. It feels like I have chosen the right space to start challenging myself and Parkinson’s.
After a brief warm-up, Holly started showing me some of the machines. As I have gone to the gym over several years, it was good to be able to show that I knew how to use the equipment and be effective. I know previously that I have started out on a level that is ‘comfortable’ or just the other side of comfortable, giving myself enough of a challenge, but being able to do the required number of repetitions (reps). I was pleased to feel that I could start at a reasonable level and am confident I can progress and get stronger.
One of the exercises is with an overgrown rubber band that you put both feet in and do a big step followed by a smaller one. Doesn’t sound that difficult, but when you have to step against the resistance up and down the room, you can really feel it. I will probably be sore tomorrow!
All the exercises were ones I have basically done before, so I felt comfortable with them and pleased that I had enough memory of them that I was able to demonstrate a good technique and do the required number of reps. I am actually looking forward to getting to know my programme and challenging my Parkies body. I am also determined that I will change other facets of my lifestyle, most markedly eating a healthier diet and smaller portions. The fact that I have a decent collection of gym gear, but can’t fit any of it, speaks volumes. I even had to invest in a new gym bra – I won’t divulge what size – but suffice it to say it will be a while before I can fit any of my previous gym wardrobe!
I have also vowed to cut back on snacks and alcohol. I do love my G&T! But G&T’s won’t help me if I want to get more fit and less fat! I’m not saying I will deny myself completely – I’m not a saint – but will try to be more mindful of my consumption of both alcohol and food.
I didn’t put on the weight overnight and I won’t get rid of it overnight. My bad habits crept in gradually and my good habits are starting gently with small changes to my lifestyle. I know that if I try to make too drastic a change in too short a timeframe that it may get too hard and I won’t be able to keep it up. I am a realist and know I have to find ways to get healthier that I enjoy, whether it is food I enjoy or ways of exercising I enjoy.
So, here I am starting my journey to a healthier me, despite Parkies and maybe because of it, I need to make these changes to give myself a better chance of living well for longer.