I’d like to say that my first workout with the trainer was “amazing” or “awesome” and that I left the gym feeling invigorated and ready to face whatever comes my way… but if I did that, I’d be lying. Oh, I started out with witty banter and a great attitude, but by the end of my designated hour I couldn’t speak, couldn’t look my trainer in the eye and felt like a nauseous, sweaty, crybaby mess. That’s right… I cried! I was surprised by how emotional I became by the end of the session. Where did THAT come from?
I had to hang on to the railing with both hands to get down the front steps of the building to my car. Why? Because I had zero strength in my legs! From there I fought off the urge to throw up for about an hour before I started to feel like myself again. The whole time I’m recovering I’m thinking to myself, “Thank goodness I professed my intent publicly or there’s no way I’d go back!” I had to fight off the urge to blog from my phone right there in the gym parking lot, because I knew that it would be nothing but negative, emotional crap. You’re welcome.
Then, later that night, I open my email and find a note from my trainer. Here’s an excerpt of what she had to say to me:
“…I also wanted to say that everything you are feeling is extremely normal and part of the process. I really want you to take the time to focus on what you accomplished today. Although it may have been difficult and draining, YOU DID IT! You completed your first workout and truly did great….Great job today (wether you think it or not) and know that each workout will feel better than the last. I know you can do whatever you set your mind to.”
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