I’m sure most of you thought I would never return. In some ways I wondered myself if I would. It’s been a good start to the new year. I can’t believe a quarter of it is already gone! I’ve been doing a lot of introspection and working through issues and topics I have been avoiding for many years. But this month is becoming a transition month for me. The therapist I’ve been seeing since October is going on maternity leave. I can usually handle change fairly well, but the build up is the worst part for me. Tomorrow I’ll be meeting my new therapist and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous. One thing I’ve enjoyed with my current therapist is that I can email her during the week, then when I see her we have topics to discuss. I usually bring up a lot more topics in my emails that we don’t get to, but just organizing my thoughts has been therapeutic enough. I realized about a month ago that my emails to her have become my substitute for this blog. It’s probably for the better since I can say more and be more candid, but I know my friends and family have missed me!
Well, it’s not a coincidence that I have decided to start blogging tonight. I love making big decisions on a whim and you can say I did that tonight. Okay, not a complete whim… I’ve been thinking a lot more seriously about this journey the last few weeks. I realized the number one thing I need in order to be successful is accountability. Yes, this blog provides that a little bit, and I have friends who I can talk to if I need to. But I need more than just someone to tell my journey to. I need someone who can walk this journey with me and push me a long and pick me up when I fall down. I wasn’t sure if I could really find that and if I did I was thinking I’d be spending thousands of dollars for that kind of attention. My first thought went to a single personal trainer. Most single personal trainers are part of a gym so you need a membership plus the sessions with the trainer and that can add up quickly. I went to California Family Fitness, one of the biggest gym organizations in the area, and asked about prices. I was looking at a monthly membership of about $55, personal training starting at $99 for 3 sessions but then increasing to $150. Or if you want to buy your sessions in bulk, up to $1,100 for 23 sessions. And how long does 23 sessions really last? About 8-12 weeks depending if I workout 2 or 3 times a week. Was I ready to dish out that kind of money up front?
I started looking at other gyms which are cheaper, but again it’s all about paying up front. Well, my google searches brought me to a website with a slogan, “Lose 20 lbs in 6 weeks for FREE!” That sounds a little too good to be true. It took me a while to figure out the same company has 5 or 6 locations in the Sacramento area, one of which being about 5 miles from my house. I had already decided I’d be willing to drive up to 30 minutes to a gym/trainer, which is about 20 miles. So a 10 minute drive is more than perfect. I was still skeptical though so I started looking at Yelp, Facebook, Google Reviews, and the testimonies on their website to see how legit this really is. Just earlier this week I saw that there would be an Orientation session at the location near my house tonight so I thought it wouldn’t hurt to see what this place is all about. I just didn’t realize I would have to make a decision tonight.
The company is called Results Transformation Center and as I mentioned they have several locations in the area. Every few months they run a 6 week program where if you follow their rules and guidelines and subsequently lose at least 20 lbs in that time, they will return your $400 deposit. All the reviews I read were great and honest. They have many transformation pictures on their sites including videos of the testimonies and weigh ins. I received the list of rules which includes at least 30 hour long workouts during the 6 week period, check-ins and participation on Facebook, weekly weigh-ins, and following their meal plan. It’s definitely not for the faint of heart and they will tell you if you have any hesitation, don’t sign up! Wait until you know you are ready to commit and will reach the 20 lb goal. So here I am realizing I need to decide tonight whether I am going to turn over $400 and commit to this. The kick-off meeting which will discuss the meal plan is this Sunday. I had actually been planning to go out of town this weekend to visit a friend. Do I not make this commitment because of a short term trip has been planned? Or do I realize I can probably visit that same friend another weekend and sign up? Well, I’m sure as you’re probably guessing, I did sign up. In some ways I feel like I still don’t know 100% of what I’ve signed up for. I’m not worried about the workouts, I’ve had enough trainer sessions they can’t throw anything at me that will surprise me. Also, I know I’ll be working out with others who are at similar fitness levels as myself. The main thing I’m that helped me decide to sign up is the level accountability. They are counting on me being there when I say I’m going to be there and they will encourage me along the way to make sure I follow through. One thing I’m hoping for is to find one trainer or member who I can talk with on a personal level, because I work best in a one-on-one situation and this won’t be that focused in the workouts, but the amount of social media interaction they have, I’m sure I’ll find someone. What I am most nervous about is the meal plan. I really have no idea what kind of meal plan it will be. Whether it will be a list of foods to eat and not eat, counting calories or other nutrition facts, or something more specific. They did mention they suggest lots of snacks and basically eating every 2-3 hours, which I know works well for me.
With this new start, I will get back to documenting my progress in this blog. I want a record of my activities and feelings and reactions to what is happening. I will have to post a lot more to my FB page as I will use that to check in for each workout. If you want to learn more about this organization and program, the best access channel for information is their Facebook page: Results Transformation Center on Sunrise. They have a separate page for each location although they all are under the same company. The more I think about this and write about it, I am getting excited. I know this is exactly what I’ve been looking for and I just need to keep reminding myself that I can do this! I’ve done it before!
All this talk about a new start reminds me of the following Bible text. Although this is referring to a spiritual refreshment, I believe it can also apply to emotional and physical new starts as well. Either way, it’s a great promise that God has given us and I know that without His help, I can’t do this, so Praise the Lord He is on my side!
And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart. And I will put my Spirit in you so that you will follow my decrees and be careful to obey my regulations.
~ Ezekiel 36:26-27