Wednesday, May 15, 2013



When I started working out with a personal trainer about a year ago, I wanted to improve my health. I'd been having serious lower back problems, much of which arose from my poor fitness. I hoped that weight loss would be an ancillary benefit, but I was at the gym because it took me several minutes and extreme pain to get up out of bed or off the couch.

By fall, I had rid myself of the back pain. I kept going to training sessions, and when it came time to pack for a March trip to Florida, the shorts I'd worn the last two summers were too big for me. Like any woman who has gained weight, I had kept an aspirational shelf of someday shorts in the back of my closet. The someday shorts fit. I've never enjoyed trying on clothes or packing as much as I did that day.

Feeling (over)confident, I ordered myself a two-piece midriff-baring bathing suit for the summer. I last showed midriff before I became pregnant with my second child seven years ago. I have tried on the new suit and, while I would wear it in my backyard, I wouldn't do so if we were expecting company. Not yet, anyhow. That's my first new goal--pull off the two-piece bathing suit, which I never thought I would do again.

I had an assessment at the gym this week. After measuring me and gathering data, the trainer asked me for new goals. A broad "lose weight" or "gain strength" was not what she wanted. She wanted something tangible.

I don't plan to model my two-piece bathing suit at the gym, so I set a second goal to lose a few more pounds. If I meet that goal, I will weigh what I did before kids came along. Without those pounds, the two-piece bathing suit might be feasible among very good friends.

Losing weight and looking better in a bathing suit are typical goals. I'm not typical, so I added one more: I want to do a chin-up.

Arbitrary? Of course, but so is running a marathon.  A chin-up sounds more appealing than running 26.2 miles, but I'm not sure that it's any more feasible for me. I've never done a single unassisted chin-up, but I am going to try.

They say it's good to have goals. I have three: lose the last few pounds, wear the two-piece bathing suit with limited hesitation, and do a chin-up. If I can meet the first goal, the other two are more likely to fall in place.

There. I've said it. I've put it in writing, and for heavens sake, I've posted it on the Internet. Now there are many of you to hold me accountable. That's intimidating, but I'd appreciate it if you would.

I'd also appreciate it if you'd call before dropping over for a swim this summer.

1 comment:

  1. You go girl! Everyone might chime in on how to help you cook food or make a craft...but fitness never gets enough focus. Do it. You really can! Get the one,,,,it's a bitch to get there but how you will feel will be better than choking down asparagus!