30 April 2010
Weigh in: 134 kg
Weight loss to date: 20 kg
Hope you are all having a great week, I going to start right off the top with I have done the 20 KG loss! I achieved 134 KGs on my Saturday weigh in. I am, to say the least, very excited to have achieved this and really could not have done this without all of your support and would be nowhere near this weight without Anton.
This week I was going to talk about some of the challenges and obstacles that I have encountered. However, a friend called me on Monday night and told me to watch the “Insight” program on SBS as it was about personal trainers. I was watching the program and I felt myself getting quite aggregated.
Like all things in life there are good and bad and I was amazed to listen to people talk about their experiences with personal trainers and also talk about the industry in general. In a previous blog, I did discuss that if I had lost a kilo for every gym I’ve joined in the past – and never went back to – I would be a very very light man.
Please do not think that I am anti GYMs, I am only talking about my experiences and what has worked for me.
I personally found that the experiences I have had at gyms to be very impersonal and that they were more interested in achieving monetary targets.
To engage a personal trainer was, to me, an investment in my health and well being. As I sat watching “Insight”, I was amazed at some of the statements being made.
Common sense has to be used, I feel when investing in anything. When I first met Anton and we were discussing what the way forward would be, we were both assessing each other. Anton is a true professional and has a passion to help people achieve a healthier life style. I could sense this and also I believe Anton could sense that I was ready for a change in lifestyle.
This journey is ongoing and I started on this journey as a very overweight (154 kgs), heavy smoker with very high blood pressure.
“Insight” talked about how the industry has some unprofessional characters. My experience with Anton could not have been more professional – this was how our first meeting went.
After our initial meeting Anton asked that I supply a doctor’s certificate giving the “all clear” for training. He sat with me and listed all the injuries that I had, and in addition to the doctor’s certificate, he also took my blood pressure, weight and measurements.
The first session was about my capabilities, working out what level of fitness I was at. Anton worked with my GP and made sure that I was regularly checking back with the doctor for progress reports. Anton also made sure that I was wearing a heart monitor and constantly checked my stats.
I can only say that a personal trainer becomes more than your trainer, Anton has become my confidant, my motivator, and at all times has my well being in mind with whatever we do.
The bond that has formed is one of great trust.
Watch Anton working his magic in the video below
The above video was produced by Lynn and Linda from Travelyackie. Lynn and Linda donated their services and time to myself and Dragons Abreast. Check them out on www.travelyackie.com
Thanks for the continued support of myself and of “Dragons Abreast” – until next week,
Keep up the great work Steven, I know temptation has been in your way this week, but also know how strong you have been to resist – good on you.
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