The Pros and Cons of Having a Personal Trainer


Good morning Loves.  Did I tell you about my personal trainer?  Back in November when I joined the gym they offered me two free sessions with a personal trainer.  To make a long story short after rescheduling three times I finally had my first appointment in January.

I prayed to all the higher powers above to make my personal trainer look like Bob Harper.  He didn’t.  He was very nice and he seemed to be smart, but he wasn’t as gorgeous (or charismatic) as the one and only Bob Harper.  Can you tell I have a crush?

Pro: It will help get fit

I am very aware of the fact that I’m not a fitness professional and having the expertise of a professional who can help me tone up and target specific problem areas is an asset.  A personal trainer can help me get fit but I need to change my own habits to get healthy.  Changing my personal habits has to start with me, once I am set in a routine of eating healthy having a personal trainer will only push my weight loss to the next limit.

Con: The Cost

At the end of our one hour session that included a 15 minute discussion about my activity habits, a 15 minute fitness evaluation and only about 20 minutes of exercise the personal trainer tried to sell me a package of six more sessions for $400.  I told him a story about not be able to stick to a schedule (which is partly true) and politely declined.  Like I have $400 to spend in a matter of only 3 weeks.  No thanks.  Maybe if he looked like Bob Harper and maybe if he had a better personality…maybe.

Pro: There’s no better motivation

Normally I don’t like to be told what to do but when it comes to how I look I am willing to take all the help I can get.  I may not stick to it, but I’m open to the advice.  If I hired a personal trainer – and paid for it – I would be motivated to stick to the routine…at least I would try my hardest to stick with it.  The pressure of someone watching and evaluating your every move is both terrifying and motivating at the same time.

Con: It’s a commitment

Having a gym membership is already a big commitment for me.  I don’t like to attach myself to anything because I feel it weighs me down and I like to be free…to have options.  Actually in all honestly being committed to anything absolutely freaks me out!

Having a personal trainer is like making a doctor appointment, if you cancel within 24 hours you are still charged.  Unfortunately with my crazy schedule that’s a commitment I just can’t keep. I like to have a routine, but I like to do it on my own terms.  I don’t want to keep a commitment to be somewhere every week at a certain time, especially if it costs me if I can’t show up.

Do you have a personal trainer?   

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Time to Get Back What Belongs to You

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No matter the amount of money you lost because of the payment protection insurance, do not give up in the fight to get back what rightly belongs to you. There is a solution to your problem from the claims management companies.

Will I pay for unsuccessful claims?
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Thriving in the Public Eye: 8 Famous Couples Celebrating 25 Years of Marital Bliss

777c8473533b4bf5b8bc62b035fc8862In the fickle world of celebrity relationships, a famous couple managing to stay together for even a year seems cause for celebration. However, there are a handful of celebrity marriages that have only gotten stronger over the years despite being in the public eye. The following couples can teach us all a thing or two about building a happy marriage after managing to stay together for a quarter century.

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson

Tom Hanks married his second wife Rita Wilson in 1988 after meeting her on the set of TV show ‘Bosom Buddies’. The couple co-produced the hit movie ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding’ in 2001, and Tom also converted to the Greek Orthodox Church for his wife.

Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick

Kevin Bacon is known as one of the best actors that has never received an Oscar nomination. The Philadelphia native has been married to his actress wife Kyra Sedgwick since 1988 after the two met on the set of a PBS movie. The attractive couple has appeared in four movies together and they have two children.

Jon Bon Jovi and Dorthea Hurley

Rock icon Jon Bon Jovi took a brief hiatus from his 1989 New Jersey Syndicate Tour to marry his long-term love Dorthea Hurley at the Graceland Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas. Those who are also lucky enough to celebrate their silver wedding anniversary can mark the occasion with wedding Christmas ornaments that can be personalized with a special message.

Snoop Dog and Shante Taylor

According to Psychology Today, 50% of those in a committed relationship stay faithful to one another. Despite plenty of temptation, rapper Snoop Dogg seems to have managed to stay faithful to his wife of 25 years, Shante Taylor.

Michael J Fox and Tracy Pollan

‘Back to the Future’ star Michael J Fox has been married to Tracy Pollan since 1988, and the couple share four children together. Michael’s wife has been a source of strength for the actor ever since he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1992 and supports his activist work.

Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman

Pint-sized star Danny DeVito and wife Rhea Perlman disappointed fans everywhere after announcing their separation in 2012 after 30 years of marriage. Thankfully the famous couple reconciled a year later and they now reside in Beverly Hills.

Denzel Washington and Pauletta Pearson

Denzel Washington’s considerable talents go far beyond just acting as he has managed to keep his marriage together for over 30 years. The veteran actor and his wife Pauletta Pearson renewed their vows in 1995 in front of Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu. 

Bryan Cranston and Robin Dearden

Although some people may doubt the effectiveness of couple’s therapy, ‘Breaking Bad’ actor Bryan Cranston and his wife provide living proof that it can work after having undergone several sessions in the past. Bryan married Robin Dearden in 1989 and their daughter Taylor appeared in an episode of ‘Breaking Bad’ alongside her father.

Keeping a marriage working for 25 years in Hollywood is an admirable achievement that deserves recognition. As well as a glittering career, the aforementioned couples have also built a successful family life under the constant glare of the media spotlight.

Mary Howard has extensive experience as a relationship counselor. She gets a lot of satisfaction out of helping couples work through matters which are often trivial yet persistent. She enjoys sharing her insights on relationship, travel and lifestyle blogs.

Weight Loss Step Two: Get to the gym


Remember back in November when I joined a gym and remember back in December when I said I want to lose 30 pounds this year?  Well now it’s February so how am I doing?  I’m still exercising 3 to 4 times a week but I have yet to lose any weight – and I don’t care.  I thought the numbers on the scale would bother me, but they don’t.  I feel better and right now that’s all that matters.  If I keep at it the weight will start to come off but right now getting to the gym is all about my happiness and I feel great.

BF is not supportive of my gym membership.  Actually I should say he’s not supporting of the $41 per month gym membership fee; he feels that money can be better spent.  I disagree and every time he asks me why I prefer to go to the gym rather than workout at home I always tell him the same thing… “Because I can’t run in our apartment.”

The best thing about my gym membership

There are activities I can do at the gym that I just can’t do at home – like cardio.  Sometimes after a really bad day or a really big meal I just feel the need to sweat it out.  Doing yoga and lifting weights in my apartment with DVDs is a good workout but sometimes I just really need to run.  Do you ever feel like that?

I’m not by any means a runner but I like to hop on the treadmill and run until my legs hurt, then I walk for a bit and start running again once I’ve caught my breath.  BF tells me that if I want to run I can go outside because it doesn’t cost anything.  Once again I tell him that I can only run at the gym.

I have exercise limitations because of my lower back problems and therefore running on the treadmill is a lot safer (and more comfortable) than running outside.  Working out outside is prettier and it’s cheap, but running at the gym is more motivating.

Take advantage of everything your gym has to offer

A gym membership is motivation in itself because if you’re paying for something you better use it, right?  I really love group fitness classes.  I’m not sure why but for some reason I feel like a group class is easier than working out on my own.  I think it’s because someone is telling me what to do instead of me trying to keep on the treadmill when my legs feel like J-ELLO.

If I’m in a class with several other people there is no way I’m going to punk out or be the first one to drop, so I keep pumping the weights until the fitness instructor says to stop.  Group classes are definitely motivation to get into shape and those are only offered at a gym.

There’s also the pretty girl gym factor.  It’s only natural for women to compare themselves to each other, isn’t it?  Not in a snobby, feel bad about myself way, but in a “wow I want to look like her so I’ll keep running” kind of way.  Do you do that too or is that just me?

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