Dear personal trainer…

I’ve lost forty pounds!

OK… give or take twenty but really… if you look at it my way, with the amount of muscle I’ve gained combined with how wonderful I feel… it’s more like forty!

The other night, while hanging out with the boys I grew up with… there they were talking about the gym and weights and particular exercises and how much they could lift and there I was… totally in on the conversation!

It felt good!

Over the last few days, it’s hit me harder than ever before… there’s no reason for me not to be in control of my health. There’s no disease, no sickness or any other issue stopping me.

With the death of a friend and a kick to the heart… I’m more determined than ever to live my best life!

And with the help of Mitch at Evolve Fitness, I continue to head in the right direction. While I’m still overweight and have a long way to go, I’m physically stronger than I’ve ever been! I’m eating right, drinking less, exercising more and feeling fantastic.

To be honest… I know it’s up to me… but I couldn’t do it without him.

I joke with my “Dear Personal Trainer” posts on Facebook and complain when I’m there like nobody’s business but without his constant support… his telling me what to do and showing me the correct form… without him pushing me beyond what I believe I’m capable of doing… making me laugh, then making me work… there’s no way I could do this without him.

It’s taken me twenty years and a couple of gym memberships to figure it out but I’m the type of person who needs a trainer. I’m not disciplined to do this on my own. If I’m not accountable to someone else… I’m absolutely useless. I find a million excuses not to go to the gym and I convince myself that I “can’t” lose weight, “can’t” get fit…. but he’s ignoring me.

The actual workout… is work… and I’m lazy. It’s an internal fight to keep it up and it’s even tougher to fit into my schedule but the feeling of accomplishment… when I’m on my way home… when I suddenly feel a muscle I didn’t feel before or stand on the scales and see the difference… when I run up the stairs and find I’m not “winded”… it’s amazing. It’s worth it.

I’m finally on the path to leading a healthy life! Starting with the loss… of approximately forty pounds!