Fit, Fab, and (Not Quite) 40 – Pt. 2

Week 3 and I’m still at it. Don’t get me wrong, I have my moments. For instance, yesterday I was at work from 8:25 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. So today I cut out a little early, at 3 p.m., to go home and catch a quick nap before meeting my personal trainer, James, at the gym. I wasn’t all that excited when the alarm went off. I hit the snooze button once before I forced myself to get up and put on my gym clothes.


The workouts are getting more intense. The first week James started me out slow to get an idea of my fitness level (uh, zero?), but by the second week he had stepped it up a notch. We meet Tuesdays and Thursdays – and by the second Thursday I was throughly fatigued at the end of our session.

One thing I’ve learned about James – he loves to add weight to the machines when you aren’t looking. (Gee, why was that set so much harder than the last?) He also loves to add reps…first it was 8, then 10, now 12.

He now has me taking a spin class at the end of our session on Thursdays. First time we did 15 minutes of the class. Now we’re up to 25 minutes. In a couple of months, he’s says I’ll be doing the full hour. I have to say, it was a little bit easier tonight – a little bit.

One thing is for sure – I already feel better! I have to say that having a personal trainer really makes the difference. I wouldn’t do half the things by myself that James has me do – no way. And he is very understanding having been in the same shoes 10 years ago. I admire his passion for fitness. Spend a few minutes with him and you’ll understand – he’s serious about health.

I’m eating better too. I highly recommend “Hungry Girl” recipes. I have one of her cookbooks, but she also has a website –

I finally bought myself a notebook for keeping a “food journal.” Next week I’m supposed to bring my food journal with me – and it’s my first weigh in since starting the program. Stay tuned…

Ultimate Fitness in Aberdeen Shopping Center, Peachtree City

Jill Prouty

Jill is a reader, writer, and professional librarian who enjoys spending her free time with her husband of twelve years and their two sons. She has an MSLS from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and a BA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

April 15, 2010