Drop and give me twenty – PT Week 0

Well I’ve gone and landed myself in it this time.  As if I have nothing else to do, nothing else going on in my life right now and not enough to shell money out on, I’ve somehow managed to book myself into a 6-week, semi-military-style boot-camp-esque personal training regime.


It all started with me signing up to the gym to lose some weight back in October.  And the initial results were amazing.  I changed my diet, went to the gym around 3/4 times a week and I dropped 10lbs in the first month.  And then I went home for Thanksgiving.  And the Christmas happened.  And since then it’s been beyond difficult to get back into a routine at the gym for scads of reason, some within my control and some not and dieting?  Psht.  Forget about it.

So anyway, last Friday I went to the gym and ended up chatting to one of the trainers.  He offered me a free assessment session/training session just to see if I liked it and if it would work for me.

Well let’s just say I’m loving the idea of it!  For the assessment bit we did all the weight, bmi and target goals and such.  My target is to lose (around) 40 lbs before our beach holiday in mid-September.

A, my trainer, assured me that was definitely attainable but also that, as I slim down and build muscle it stops being so much about the number on the scale and more about how I physically look.  The way he put it is:  would you rather look well under 145 lbs and actually weigh 155lbs or would you rather be 145lbs and actually look like you weigh a lot more?  Easy answer.

He also assessed what I’m physically capable of and how hard I was willing to push myself.  I think I surprised him because I know I was shocked.  In 2 minutes, I managed 36 full pushups (none of that girly, knees on the floor stuff).  For situps, I cranked out 33 full situps in 2 minutes and on the steps I got to 50  in 2 minutes.  Not bad.  The shocker though, was managing one pull up.  The fact that I even did one shocked the living hell out of me.  I.  Did.  A.  Pullup.  Me.  Yes, me.

So for the next six weeks, once a week, I’ll have a personal training session.  In between I’ll be assigned “homework” via email which could be anything from 10 pushups a day to drinking 2 litres of water another day.  I’ll still go to the gym as normal however I’ll be emulating the workout from the training session.  In addition to all of this, he’s signed me up to a web account where he can monitor my daily food/drink intake and caloric intake.  In a couple of weeks he’ll make suggestions on what I need to have less of, substitute or change.

It’s really, really scary.  But I’m also really excited.  Maybe this is what I need to just get the ball rolling, get disciplined and, best of all, start looking good and taking care of myself.

Fingers crossed!

Either way, I’ve already paid for the six sessions (they don’t come cheap!!) so I can’t really back out now.

Will keep you updated.


If you’re interested in getting in touch, tweet me at @stephanie_khani or @londondiaries1.  Alternatively you can email me at emailthelondondiaries [at] gmail.com.

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