CHIP is a 4 letter word

Posted January 30th, 2007 under Healthy me, Life by MicheleP.

This week I made a decision. I decided after a year of having a gym membership… but rarely using it… that I needed to either be happy with my body the way it is or do something about it. I actually enjoy working out – when I go – the problem being that “when I go” part. It’s just too easy to say, “tomorrow” when it comes to workouts. Well, no more.

Enter Chip. Chip is a personal trainer who has taken on the task of me. 

I had my first workout with Chip today. I knew I was in trouble when I was hurting more during the 5 minute warm-up than I usually do at the end of an hour workout on my own. I seriously had a moment after the warm-up where I considered running out of the gym when he turned the other way but I didn’t – still wondering if I made the right decision on that one.

After our warm-up we went to the weights. I’ve lifted weights before – no problemo, right? Wrong. This wasn’t your leisurely-paced-lift-some-dumbells-for-toning… this was hard core, lift-until-your-muscles-tremble-and-you-can’t-lift-anymore training. And just when we would get to the end of a set, and I have that glimmer of hope that I might actually survive, he smiles and say, “Two more.” Chip is brutal. BRU-TAL, I tell you. Since when did weight training become a cardio workout?  

By the end of our session, every muscle in my body was shaking. Chip asks, “Which one of those were hard for you?” “Um, how about all of them?” Seriously, I think I’ll refer to him now as Sgt Chip because it was more like boot camp except he didn’t call me bad names. He tells me to work out on my own tomorrow for 45 minutes – “even if you’re sore”… heh… even if I’m sore – ya think I might be a little sore?




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    Chip sounds like my old trainer…the ONLY way I have ever been able to lose weight…BRU-TAL is right!

    Comment by Misty — February 1, 2007 @ 10:31 pm

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    I had to “stop by” and see what you’re up to. You’re up to Chip. God bless you, sister. I’m not even up to stretching with Elmo at present. You go, girl. Btw, I sooo enjoyed viewing all the pix of Clara and Libby. I especially loved the photo of you with them in their colorful striped sweaters. Beautiful!
    Blessings from former HP regular,

    Comment by toni — February 6, 2007 @ 10:13 pm

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    hubba hubba

    Comment by Susie — February 12, 2007 @ 11:23 pm

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    Hey girl is that you???? I didn’t know you were a blogger! WAY TO GO on that whole personal training thing. I too tremble when I think about the pain someone like Chip would make me feel.

    Good for you and I’m so glad I found you! I came via Daneen. :)

    Comment by Kristy Peterson — March 1, 2007 @ 10:08 pm

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    [...] But – my update… I’m continue to work out with Sgt Chip once a week, I’ve lost 15 pounds (at last weigh in, but since I’m not weighing anymore it could be more…and it could be less…) and gone down 3 dress sizes. I’m now running (heh – Me – A Runner – would have NEVER dreamed that in a million years) 4 to 5 days a week and actually starting to enjoy it – the tunes on the iPod help out a lot with that – there is just something about songs like Alive by POD, and John Reuben’s Up And At ‘em that just make me actually want to run. [...]

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    [...] After the movie, we did some shopping and then stumbled upon an out of the way French bakery for a late lunch. Even though they had sandwiches…and even a healthier alternative…salads… that wouldn’t be what we ordered. Nope. We went for the gusto – because 1)it’s not often that we don’t have children with us who we are setting an example for 2)kids on too much sugar is NOT a pretty sight and 3) well, because we could, we feasted on some of the richest and mouth watering pastries I’ve had in a long time. We are talking chocolate, cream, flaky crusts…the works – and not one, not two, but THREE, to be exact…shhh, don’t tell Chip – pastries for breakfast, popcorn for snack and pastries again for lunch clearly are NOT part of my training plan. Heck, who am I kidding… forget Chip, my mom reads this blog from time to time – that’s who I’m gonna hear it from [...]

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