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Krysta weighs in: Fitness fumbles

Published:Monday | September 8, 2014 | 9:00 AM
Working out with trainer Xavier.
Me and trainer Shawn 'Xavier' Gray of Ultimate Fitness.
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Krysta Anderson, Lifestyle Reporter

"True enjoyment comes from activity of the mind and exercise of the body; the two are to be united.

"Exercise to stimulate, not to annihilate. The world wasn't formed in a day, and neither were we. Set small goals and build upon them."

So torn was I between these words of wisdom from Wilhelm von Humboldt and Lee Haney, respectively, that I decided to seriously zone in on the two since they both speak directly to my current mental and physical state in the world of health. There has been little to no unity between my mind and my body, since my last weigh-in, and I have to keep telling myself that being fit cannot happen overnight, it takes hard work, dedication and consistency.

If you are just tuning in, welcome to Krysta Weighs In, where I document my journey to a trimmer, healthier body and highlight a few roadblocks I encounter along the way.

And then there was one.

As it relates to a physical weigh-in, my trainer, Shawn 'Xavier' Gray of Ultimate Fitness, has decided not to tell me my weight until my second weigh-in, which takes the pressure off worrying about the pounds.

The last time I checked in, I took on the challenge of working with two trainers, in order to reach my goals. And I must confess, that was easier said than done. I failed miserably in trying to balance the two, so I quit while I was ahead, dropping evening workouts altogether to focus all my energies on the morning workouts.

Out of Shape

Working with Xavier, so far, has been quite an experience. In the little time I have been there, we have crossed many hurdles. Already I am seeing and feeling results. He is no joke. He demands the best and expects nothing less from each and every client. I felt the burn from demonstrations mode (believe it or not, just by watching), during my actual execution and throughout the aftermath in the days that followed each session.

It was while going through the motions that I realised how out of shape I was. The mini break had taken a toll on my body and now I was paying the big price. And with knee problems, an old ankle and wrist injury, and issues with my back, Xavier, who was concerned about them all, began thinking outside the box with my routines.

The support from my biological family (who was right there with me in the gym pursuing their own personal goals) and my new gym family have cushioned the blow, and my trainer literally didn't leave my side, bellowing words of encouragement until I put in the work and got it done.

Consistency seems to be my major challenge in reaching my 'ultimate fitness', so I intend to address that head on, with my 'birthday body' goal in the forefront of my mind.

Food was a different story. I knew I had to clean up my act and I had to do it fast. Just when I thought I had it all covered a week in, the unthinkable happened and stress from both work and home hit me head on, throwing me left field. Girls' night out for drinks increased drastically as a form of destressing and I went from binge eating to eating nothing at all. This cycle continued until recently when my allergies reappeared. I decided then and there to get a grip on reality and play my part in nourishing my body the right way.

diet rules

Xavier's rule for daily intake: four to five meals a day. Now, I cannot fathom eating so often, I don't have the time to do so either, but I'm trying something new, and, so far, I haven't been hungry. Still not sure of what to eat exactly, since based on his instructions, when I add up what I cannot eat, it equals to me eating practically nothing. So while I am still in the process of experimenting with my palate, vegetables and lean protein are now my lifelong partners.

Whenever I grow tired of eating just vegetables, I either make delicious wraps with them or I just throw them in the blender and green juice it up. Crix crackers are recommended for those days when I need some carbs. Multivitamins and antioxidants, too, are working hard to become my best friends, replenishing the body after energy exerted during the days. It's all about a lifestyle change.

The key to fitness is getting the mind and body in tune with each other, so that they can function hand in hand to make me that lean mean fit-friendly machine I know I can be.

Join me next time as I attempt to exceed my expectations and make it into the birthday dress. Who knows, I may have to get a new one if that dress cannot fit because it's too big!

P.S: Big thank you to everyone for the warm responses: they go a far way and the support is truly appreciated.

krysta.anderson@gleanerjm.com