Thursday, May 7, 2009

Personal Trainer & Advice on Eating He Gave Me

Wow. I did not know working out until I met Laurence. Let me tell you, I got my ass whooped and it was just an intro session. Apparently, I get two sessions free and if I don't think it's for me, then I don't pay. If I decide to continue, then I pay for those and keep going.
Today, they took all my measurements and everything.
Apparently, on their scale, I am 213. Weird. But whatever. He told me every scale is different, so I'm just going to count it on my WW scale. And he also told me something VERY interesting, that I think you all should know about.

It seems so obvious, but I don't think anyone really does it. He told me a way to distribute my points so that I'm eating a lot in the morning (like 9 points) and then a 4 point snack and then a 7 point lunch and then a 3 point snack and then a 5 point dinner.
So, basically, eat a lot in the morning and work your way down until you're up to dinner and dont' eat after dinner unless you can help it.
Why this works...(such an obvious reason, I can't believe I didn't see it)
During the day, you walk around. You go to school, you go to work, you go to the gym, you walk home, etc. So when you eat a huge breakfast, you're burning it off as you're just going through your daily routine. At least some of it.
But when you eat a huge dinner, you're probably not going on the treadmill. You're probably sitting around, doing some work, watching some tv, writing on your blog, etc. Which means you're not burning calories. So why would you eat a big dinner?
So, the moral...Big breakfast, small dinner, more calories burned.
I'm putting this to the test starting tomorrow and seeing what happens.

He also told me that a healthy weight for me would be anywhere from 150-168. Which, I guess, was a little disappointing for me, because as some of you know, I was aiming for 140. What he told me is that my lean muscle is about 127 pounds of my body. You don't want to go anywhere near that lean muscle. Because if you do, you'll start getting weak. And that's not something I want. It's upsetting, I guess, that I'm big-boned and I'll never be as thin as my sister-in-law, for example, but it's comforting to know that I have less weight to lose to be healthy than I thought.

One last thing...I think that everyone should go and get their body fat measured. It's basically just this little thing that pinches your fat and tells you what percentage is fat and what percentage is lean muscle. That'll put it in perspective. Where do you have the most fat, in reality? What exactly do you need to work on? For those of you out there with a personal trainer, I'd really suggest asking him if he can do that for you. Because after he explained it to me, I feel like I understood how much weight I really should be losing.

So I should be losing 1-3 pounds a week starting next week. Of course, that's just a guesstimate. And, healthily, in about eight months, I should be down to a good size. I won't be any size zero, but I will be healthy. And I will not be sick. And to me, that's way better than being weak.

Now, I have a question for everyone. Have you tried this eating a lot in the morning thing? And how has it worked for you?

PS If you live in the Brooklyn, New York area, I would totally recommend going to Mike Duffy's. It's all personal trainers and they are AWESOME. They get you in shape, they drive you like you're in the military, but they have a way of motivating you. At least that's what I've seen so far. So you should definitely try it out. They also have them in Monmouth, NJ and another place in New Jersey that I can't remember.


Rebecca said...

Good job on seeing a trainer. I couldn't do this without mine now. Cheesy I know! But he SO makes a difference!

Send me your starting weight for the Frenzy!

Monica said...

First, thank you so much for your comment on my blog. Ive had such an overwhelming 2 days...

Second--Your trainer told you the same thing my trainer told me! He even told me to eat chicken in the morning! And as the day goes on, the meals should get smaller and smaller. It does work, if your breakfast contains a lot of protein. When I eat eggs or oatmeal, Im full for awhile. The downside, it gets boring, real fast. But you could probably make it more interesting than I make it, so definitely try it out!

And 150-168 may seem high but youll be more toned! Waaay more toned so youll look like youre 140. Watch on the biggest loser next week, some of them will be 160 or 170 and you wouldnt have guessed it!

Monica said...

Oh and I left u something on my blog :)

fatty McButter Pants said...

That's a great tip....eating more in the morning. I am going to try that.

Anonymous said...

Oooh, so interesting. I am definitely a breakfast person...but since I also have to come home and cook for my family I have a feeling (knowing myself) that I would eat a big breakfast and then bring my big booty home and eat a big dinner too. So I don't know if it would work for me.... :o)


karen said...

Whenever I've done the big breakfast thing it's worked well for me but then I forget all about it! I think it's something I'll have to make a concerted effort to work on again :)

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Mollie said...

Just found your blog. Love that you have set up rewards for yourself for every 5 pounds that you lose. You have inspired me to do the same! I think it will be very motivating for me =)