Dear Coach: Vol. 5

I am continuing my “Dear Coach” series to keep you informed of the progress as I work with Mike, an online personal trainer. Be sure to check out:

Volume 1
Volume 2
Volume 3
Volume 4

Dear Coach- Vol. 5

Week Seven – August 22nd

Still not sleeping well even with a stronger dose sleeping pill. Lab work came back at the end of the week and my thyroid level is slightly off and so are my estrogen levels. Planning to have them rechecked next week. Enjoyed my Feast/Fast time this week with a Feast at an outdoor concert and then fasting the next day (Saturday).

Told Mike I was really thankful for only 3 days a week working out. It’s what fits my schedule right now.

One of my favorite on the go breakfasts – the Reduced Fat Turkey Bacon Sandwich from Starbucks. Suggested by Mike. Sometimes I get two!

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Still doing my morning workouts. Time varies depending on the day, but usually I get there between 5:15 and 5:45.

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So very tired.

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One of my favorite smoothies with the macro breakdown: 1 cup Almond Cashew Milk, 1 scoop Gold Standard Whey in Vanilla, 2 cups frozen mixed berries, 1 tablespoon hemp hearts, tons of spinach (spinach not counted in nutritional breakdown – its a freebie for me).

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Week Eight – August 29th

Went in for more blood work. Have yet to hear any results. Hopefully I will hear something this week as my sleep is still a train wreck. It is definitely affecting my daily life/routine as I am just tired. Didn’t do a Feast/Fast day this week, just regular training days/rest day nutrition plan.

Discussed adding an extra strength day into my plan on the weekends (my idea), but decided would stick with cardio and/or yoga on the weekends for now. I want something optional and not mandatory until I get this sleep issue fixed.

Really pushing myself to use heavier weights each time I go. I am definitely seeing improvement and feel stronger.

Taking progress pics in front of the mirror at the gym each morning and saving them.

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I now have 3 UT tank tops to workout in. It is football time in Tennessee. We barely won our first game though.

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Slightly different smoothie: 1 cup Almond Cashew milk, 2 cups frozen mixed berries, 1 tablespoon hemp hearts, 1 tablespoon peanut butter, 1 scoop Gold Standard Whey in Chocolate, and tons of spinach.

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Playing with Snapchat filters before the workout. Perfect shade of lipgloss in it.

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Needed something on the go while I ran errands and found this at the gym.

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Yet another smoothie: 1 cup Almond Cashew milk, 2 cups frozen mixed berries, 1 scoop Gold Standard Whey in Vanilla, and tons of spinach. Very low in fats (I was saving them for the evening).

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Misc Thoughts, Highlights and Concerns

While I LOVE working with Mike, part of me misses having an in-person trainer (although I haven’t had an in person trainer in YEARS). Someone there to push you daily, spot you, chat with you during the rest periods, etc. It is also weird just having email contact with an online trainer (even though we do email almost daily). For example, when I was doing Amanda’s groups (also online) we had a group video call and a Facebook support group. So, as you are choosing to hire someone or join a group, things to think about:

  • Do you need someone there in person pushing you or can you motivate yourself at the gym?
  • What kind of communication do you prefer?
  • Do you want a personal trainer (one on one attention, but probably no group support) or you do need a group of people going through the same thing as you (but the workouts probably not tailored for you)?
  • What’s your budget? One on one training (in person or online) will be more expensive than a group program.

There is no right or wrong trainer or group program, it is what works best for you personally and financially. Personal trainers tend to be more expensive than a group program because you are getting personal attention and a personalized workout.

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Online trainer or in person trainer? Group or solo? What’s your preference?



19 Responses to “Dear Coach: Vol. 5”

  1. Hmmmm….I think I like a mixture! I don’t like to keep my trainer/training the same for too long…just like my workouts I think I like change to keep my body and mind guessing…but I do have a favorite in person trainer who is my go to!

    • yeah! yes, my commitment to mike is 4 months which puts me at the holidays, and then i will probably take a break. he does change my plan every 4-6 weeks so that keeps my body guessing

  2. Your smoothies look awesome! I can totally relate to the lack of sleep right now. I hope adjusting and tweaking your thyroid helps! Hang in there!

    • i love smoothies! they really are my favorite breakfast and sometimes they substitute for lunch. i keep a couple of different protein powder flavors and frozen berries in the fridge so i can change things up.

  3. I need an IN PERSON trainer. I tried the on-line one but I never even printed out the work out to try! That being said, I have been forcing myself to go into the weight room myself, so perhaps an on-line trainer to give me a routine would in fact for work me now?!

    • i love that mike works up my routines (i have three different ones for my different workout days), we email almost daily checking in progress, and then another weekly checkin as well. even online, there is a lot of accountability.

    • thanks kayla! i am definitely proud of myself for keeping up with these workouts during this insomnia phase. i think PAYING for my trainer is good motivation for that.

  4. i cant imagine doing an online trainer. i need the in person support!

    • i have done both online and in person. there are such pros and cons to each. with mike i feel he really listens to my goals and isn’t bound by what a gym might be telling him he should do.

    • thanks! i do love getting my workout done and out of the way. makes me feel accomplished on my training days. its definitely different having an online trainer.

    • good luck with your 5am crossfit classes! 5am just takes a bit of getting used to. i love being up this early.

  5. I’ve been thinking about doing the trainer thing for awhile but just haven’t done it yet. We have so much going on right now that maybe I’ll be one of those crazy New Year resolution people at the gym. LOL.

  6. Glenneth – I hope you find a healthy solution to your sleep problems. So important. I’m sure thyroid levels can effect sleep. Love that smoothie! Yum!

  7. Sorry to hear about your sleeping problem! I’ve suffered from insomnia my entire life, and I know the toll little to no sleep can take on a person.