It is official. Wednesday night was my last session with G.I Jess. I am certainly going to miss that woman! But I am so very excited for her new start in Atlanta and all that is going on down there that fits with her dream for a health and fitness company. Sad for me and all her clients here in MI, but so amazing for her!
On Thursday, G.I Jess met with the new trainer that we decided on and went over everything with her. My history, what I can do, what I have done, what has worked and what hasn’t worked, but most importantly, the metabolic testing results and the significance of them and what it means for me going forward.
So who is this new trainer???
I met Mama Kelly last week in a group session. Jess had been looking at a few different possible trainers for me and really liked this one for me and asked me to go to her class to check her out. On first impression, I thought, “this woman is way too Pollyanna for me!” Super positive, super encouraging, almost TOO nice. Her one pitfall was offering me a balance stick while doing step ups. Ummm no thanks! I can DO step ups! I talked to Jess about it and realized of course I am still comparing her to Jess and if I am going to give anyone a fair chance, I have to take off the Jess filter. She encouraged me to meet her for a 1:1 session and then decide. I met with her last Monday and because I was a few minutes late ended up having a 20 minute session with her. At the end, I had no valid complaints other than her workout seemed WAY easy. But then again, at this point she didn’t know me or what I could do. The next day, I went to get out of bed and could barely walk. My quads hurt like mad! I told Jess if she can make my muscles hurt that bad after a 20 minute session that felt so easy, then she is hired!
Since first hearing about her, I have had several nicknames for her. Mama Kelly is the one that is sticking so far. There is something about her that is just “nice”. She has a very nurturing, motherly way about her. Perhaps it is because I know she has a teenage daughter. She doesn’t look much older than me…so it isn’t like she could be a “Mama” to me…I really think it is just her way. Caring, nurturing. Anyway…
Meet Mama Kelly!
- Mama Kelly doesn’t look like your average Mama!
So I met with Mama Friday morning for my first official session as her client. This was an assessment session. I was super excited because Jess wouldn’t let me on the scale this week…and now I get to see where things are since starting to eat the right amount of food!
I got all sorts of fresh measurements taken. I cannot even compare them to the old numbers because the two women measure in slightly different spots. However, a scale weight is a scale weight…and that revealed another gain.
You would think I would have been devastated by this, but I kind of expected it. Not because I ate poorly or anything like that, but because Mark at the metabolic testing center said it could take a little bit for my body to adjust and shift once it is certain that it will get the nutrition it needs. Seriously, I have been unintentionally starving my body for over a year. My body is not betraying me, it is simply struggling to live. I will give it time to learn and trust that I am truly on its side and will do everything I can to help it along in its fight to live. If after another month, I still don’t see results, Mark has a special diet that will help reset things. It is possible, he told me that my body basically doesn’t know how to process the nutrition that way it is supposed to anymore and may not go back on its own. (my interpretation of his synopsis). So I gained. Big Whoop! (I can hardly believe I am saying such things!)
She also had me get on the treadmill for 12 minutes and go as far as I could. I was quite excited to see that I was able to hold a 15 minute mile pace for the whole time. Getting a little faster!
Then she put me on some machines to see what weights I can do. This is where she is different. Jess and I NEVER used the actual equipment at the gym. Remember, she brought in Olga and Helga and Hank and Henry to play with. It was weird to be using machines, but not bad. I have to admit though, there is something that feels really hardcore about heaving a 50 lb sack of sand and throwing it or dragging it or lifting it repeatedly. Or heaving a tire up a hill, all the while trying to hit Jess. But, I will seek to see a new kind of hardcore within this way of training. Perhaps I will come up with new names for the new toys and will learn to relish the idea of increasing the weights as a measure of hardcore. I know…I am far more competitive than even I ever knew…and really it is all against myself. It isn’t like I want to beat anyone else, I just want to beat myself every time.
Then we talked about races. She is in agreement with Jess on the race restriction thing. They both would prefer I not do any more till we get my body responding, but they wont tell me a flat-out no to Girls Best Friend, because they know that one is important to me. They both said no to Grand Rapids Half though. With that said, Mama Kelly made me get really specific on my training plan for the next month for GBF. While I will be training, I need to keep my heart rate in Zone 2 as much as possible to maximize my efforts for weight loss as well.
So now, to the best of my recollection.
Mon and Wed mornings are strength training with her.
Tues/Thurs/Sat are cardio days. I will run in the AM then swim at night or bike in the AM and swim at night. Saturdays I will work on bike/run combo’s.
Friday is my day off.
Sundays…are easy walks…no race specific cardio.
This feels so incredibly structured to my spontaneous self, but I recall thriving on the structure of my Nashville training schedule (once I took out speed intervals). I also know that if it ain’t working I can change it. And I have learned to recognize better when I need to back off and take a break before I melt down. So communication with Mama and myself will be key to making sure that doesn’t happen. Meltdowns are NOT fun for me or for anyone else who has to deal with me during them!
Food is the same. Eat a net of 2100 cals a day. Keep doing the meal plans and sending them to Mama Kelly now. However, I likely won’t be planning a whole week all at once. I will be planning a couple of days at a time. This way, I at least have some illusion of spontaneity. I can plan a little bit more of what I “feel” like into my meals. Within reason of course.
And I think that covers it.
I am excited to be working with Mama Kelly now. I am certain she will be good for me and confident that she will be able to pick up where Jess left off and take me to new places. And there is Nashville to look forward to, where I can show off all of our work to Jess…when we run the half marathon there…plans are already in the works for shirts, with names on them (Jess says she won’t recognize me without a name by then!)