Monday, May 1, 2017

Memorial Melt

As long time readers of this blog know, I have a terrible time losing weight due to my wonky thyroid, which has once again decided it doesn't want to work properly.  I just had my blood work done again and it is STILL not where it should be after last fall's malfunction.  Honestly, I can't think about it because it literally makes me want to me cry.

But what I can and do and usually think about is just being as healthy and fit as I can. I have always loved exercise and how it makes me feel so really I have no problem at all doing something in the form of movement every day - except that darned strength training which I'm just not motivated to do. Call me the cardio queen.

Around here we have a well-known training group that built a brand new state-of-the-art facility about 18 months ago. Using smart marketing, they have specials that show up in just about everyone I know who exercises Facebook feed. I actually know someone, around my same age and status (50's, menopausal, tries to eat and be healthy and work out but couldn't seem to beat the midlife weight and spread), who did a 21 day program with them.  She enthusiastically goes on and on about how great the program they gave her was.  She loved the facility and the staff so much, she decided to stay on with them for a while using the facility as her gym in addition to group training.

Recently something called the Memorial Melt kept popping up in my news feed - with the catch phrase, LOOK GREAT NAKED IN 25 DAYS - EVEN IF YOU HAVE TRIED AND FAILED IN THE PAST - OR YOUR MONEY BACK!

Normally, that sort of thing would turn me right off, but his is a local, well established business that has a good reputation. Plus I'd like to look better in clothes, never mind naked. Plus a money back guarantee? That was enough to get me to contact my friend to talk with her a bit more about her personal experience.  Then I decided to go ahead and contact them and set up an initial appointment to discuss their processes more.

The program consists of a food plan (if you want to use it) designed by their on-staff nutritionist, a custom training program designed by the head of training, 8 personal training sessions, and unlimited group training and use of the facility for the 25 days. (A locker room with heated floors!)

The experience was all at once disheartening, fascinating, and enlightening.  I had to fill out a large questionnaire, which was discussed with me by the head of training, and then I was put on a machine that measured muscle, body fat, hydration, and calorie burn.  Finally, I was put through a series of moves to determine my ranges of motion, flexibility, and weak areas.

Much of what he found didn't surprise me at all - the left side of my body is a mess and I have been compensating a lot for that foot I fractured in 2012.  In fact, there was one movement I was supposed to do without lifting my heel and I am incapable of doing it even though there is no pain.  He said my brain is simply in overdrive thinking the foot needs protection. Sort of crazy that it's 4 1/2 years later and this is still happening!  He also found my hip rotation wasn't at all as bad as I'd been thinking and even he said I was remarkably loose in the hips for a runner.

Let's not even discuss the body measurements mmmmmkay? Though I wasn't really surprised, seeing everything in a black and white printout was no fun. Well, except the hydration.  I was wonderfully hydrated as I should have been since I drink about a half gallon of water a day while I'm at work not to mention the sparkling water, unsweetened iced tea and more water I drink at home - now infused!

What did upset me was the calorie burn measurements.  Evidently, if I eat more than 1572 calories in a day I will gain weight as that's what I need to just maintain my current weight and state.  Of course this has to do with the current muscle vs. fat composition of my body. This means in addition to metabolism issues being caused by my thyroid, I've also got issues due to poor muscle mass.  Perfect!

When he saw how upset I was getting, he gave me the pep talk that with increase muscled mass the calorie burn will increase which means either more food, or weight loss if I don't eat more food.  I swear at one point I was in a daze and wanted to look at him and say, "blah, blah, blah." Honestly, though intellectually I know this to be true, I don't trust the process -  I feel like the thyroid issues affect everything and give different results, which is why I attempt health and fitness over weight loss.

Interestingly enough, I already eat exactly like they recommend. Even the nutritionist was surprised when she asked me to describe a typical day of food.  Pretty much they recommend eating your carbohydrates (starches and fruits) before mid-afternoon, then dinner should consist of protein and vegetables.  When I glanced at the food lists, I didn't see anything forbidden other than the usual culprits: alcohol and sugar. She said, if anything, she'd like me to try her recommended portions to see what happens.

I decided to sign up simply for the fact that the 8 personal training sessions and custom program are worth more than the price they're asking. He already told me that my program there is not going to have sustained cardio (i.e. no running or elliptical or anything like that) and I should keep doing my run in the morning. I'm hoping in the 25 days I'll get a bit attached to strength training and get myself in the habit of actually doing it.  I'm also hoping for better movement and flexibility.

This also means that between 2 jobs, regular household chores, and family obligations, May will be a crazy month for me.  But if I can manage to "Melt" a bit so that I look better in a bathing suit on my upcoming vacation, and feel better and stronger, I can sacrifice time and almost anything for 25 days. It's only 25 days.

Today is Day One, my first personal training appointment is at 4:00. Wish me luck.

13 comments:

  1. Well dang, when I saw the title I though you had created some sort of special melted cheese sandwich. Side note: guess what I want for lunch now??

    I think for a money-back guarantee, that this program would be worth it solely for the personal training and like you said, to hopefully get in the routine of doing some strength training. I'm like you - I just don't do anything but running 99% of the time. I've considered doing a short course with my old trainer and group for the same reasons, but can't come up with the money just yet. Still, I like what you're doing, and I love that it's short-term. Good luck today, and I hope you have fun challenging yourself with your trainer!

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    1. Oh and that calorie thing irks me because I'm in the same boat...I really can't eat much to maintain, and I have to be in the 1,000 calorie range to actually lose, which is ridiculous. Re-DAMN-diculous.

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    2. OK, so I cheated and added up the calories on one of the sample meals for one day and it came to 1600. Based on what he said, if I ate that, I'd gain weight, right? This is why I'm not using their "diet." I'm going to keep eating whole, healthy food like I have been! I hope you can work it out to go back to Brad if that's what you really want to do. I'm sure at the end of this program they'll try to sell me on something long term and I'm also sure it will be out of my price range!

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  2. Good Luck with your new program!! It sounds great.
    From my own personal experience - what helps with weight loss is the following:
    - animal protein (from fish, eggs, meat, dairy products); it burns fat and boosts metabolism.
    - you shouldn't eat more than 1250 calories per day.
    - both aerobic (walking/running) and anaerobic (strength - based execise) activities.
    - low salt and sugar free food items.

    I made up my own eating menu and by now I have a fixed menu, so to speak. I do a lot of walking but I'm very lazy about lifting strength devices.I've got two 3-kg vinyl balls at home. I've replaced sugar in my coffee with Stevia or sucralose (they say stevia powder has chemicals, and only the leaves are ok.), so I've started to use more sucraloz.

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  3. We should mind (body) meld. I like strength training and can almost forget about cardio! I have to remind myself to pedal faster on the bike.

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    1. So you're saying you and I together would make one perfect athlete? LOL. I think everyone prefers one over the other and it takes discipline to do the opposite on a regular basis.

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  4. I can't wait to hear how this program works for you!!

    I also needed to hear about the muscle thing. I have lost muscle tone in the last year since Zumba ended for me....and it makes sense that now my weight loss while eating the same amounts has stalled! Thank you!'

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    1. I am definitely interested to see if adding good strength training will overcome my wonky thyroid! THAT might be enough to make me keep doing it!

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  5. Well, you know how I love the strength training LOL! It sounds like a good program and who knows, maybe you will want to continue it after 25 days!

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  6. All of my friends who do Cross Fit keep trying to talk me into it - incorporate strength training to shape my body. I just have no desire to get up at 4:45 a.m., but I do know I need to start some sort of strength training program. I am hoping now that our office move is done and I'll start back to regular hours, a gym appearance a few days a week will happen. Just need to get rid of this pesky cold. So excited to see what you'll experience after the 25 days are up. :D

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    1. I am convinced that Cross Fit is meant for younger people. I think older people can get great results without all that trauma.

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  7. I think most woman know how you feel--seeing that stuff written down on paper ... but (I always tell myself) I must be HONEST with myself; plus, it says that NOW, but it'll be motivating to see those numbers GO DOWN, TOO! You got this!

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  8. Looking forward to your experience....as I am thyroid challenged - like you - and just can't seem to lose this weight!

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