Quite often, the ladies I train come to me and tell me that they have seen fantastic results in the form of feeling great, a change in their body shape, but no real weight loss. I am always quick to assure them that this is likely to be due to the fact that they have increased their muscle mass and with muscle weighing more than fat a static weight is not unusual.
It’s funny though how accepting that information myself, as a Trainer, is hard to swallow.
|The test laboratory|
I have always kept an eye on my weight, not a close eye but I always know where I am. Since leaving University my weight has been around 61 – 62.5kg as a normal range. I’m a (UK) dress size 10 and happy! On Monday, I donated my body in the name of science as I normally do every quarter, to testing for the FitFlop. Part of the testing involves taking your weight and height. Well, this was interesting! My weight came out at 65.7kg! Somewhere…I gained 3 – 4kg…and I don’t know where. I still fit in my clothes and I just ran a half marathon so my thoughts are that it’s muscle!?! Currently, I teach 3 classes per week and usually have another 1 or 2, plus train myself once or twice a week. Compare this to a year ago when I taught 1 class per week and probably trained twice myself.
Although I can accept that part of it is muscle mass, I think I have lost some focus over the past year. As Personal Trainers, sometimes we forget to set our own SMART goals because we are so motivated to help others reach their goals…
I racked my mind to remember if I had set myself any goals and I found a little note on my office pin board which I believe I wrote around this same time, 2011. I think these goals are still important and very relevant to me, however, I should have made them SMART. So, there is no better time than now to review them, and refocus before Christmas, ready for 2013. I will also be looking at my nutrition as I feel I have picked up a few bad habits such as oatcakes (nutritious) with nutella; not planning my meals for the week, so just having a bowl of pasta with a ready made sauce and probably having portion sizes that are too large!
So what’s my plan?
2. Review and set my SMART goals
3. Use David Kirsch’s NYBD for 2 weeks starting 5th December
4. Achieve my goals!
So what were your goals for 2012? Did you achieve them? What about 2013, have you thought about that?! Share your ups and downs with me here…
Elle 😉 x