Fitness Friday: New Routine, New Eating, New Clothes… And Hot Patrick

It’s another Fitness Friday, y’all and I’ve got tons of news. First, a confession – I forgot to weigh myself this week so I could share my progress (or backward slide) with you. Sorry about that – I have a good reason. I very unexpectedly got full-time job (walked in for an interview for a 2 month contract and walked out with a full-time job and a paid-time off for my honeymoon!) and it’s shot my whole fitness and eating schedule to hell. However, all is not lost because right before I got my job – my trainer (I hired him y’all!) Hot Patrick (that may or may not be his real name) reworked everything – my cardio, my strength training, and my eating.

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Image Courtesy of: StrongFit

Honestly, I was a wee bit nervous about my initial consultation with Hot Patrick because I’ve never done one before and I’m not some teeny tiny girl or cardio queen. I mean, here I am sitting in a room and asking for help when the day before I’d eaten a bacon cheeseburger and blown off my triceps workout! Loser. But I gotta tell you – that consultation was one of the best things I have ever done. I walked in there with my little workout journal (a spiral notebook where I recorded all of my sets/reps/weight and cardio) and a quickly scrawled list of goals.

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Image Courtesy of: Susie B. 1971

And Hot Patrick listened. That was amazing to me – a personal trainer who didn’t judge or lecture. He just listened (even when I started crying while talking about the stress from my father’s illness and passing) and asked questions. We discussed my goals and I mentioned that my dream goal was to be that one chick in the weight room that’s such a bad ass, even the guys are impressed.

My Goals (as given to Hot Patrick)

  • Short term: fit into my wedding dress really well, jog for ten minutes straight, and reach my ideal weight
  • Long term: maintain weight, continue lifting heavier weights, and have healthy babies
  • Fitness: do an unassisted pull-up, hold full plank for 1 minutes for 3 sets, and 3 sets of 12 full push-ups
  • Shallow: have thighs smaller than my head, fit into smaller pants, and not jiggle when I wave to people

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Image Courtesy of: Kelli Hefner

On our second meet-up, Hot Patrick went through a new routine with me and talked to me about a few new eating methods to try. All of it was perfectly tailored to me and designed to kick my ass (something I had asked for). My new routine has me working my upper body one day (5 sets of 5 reps each at the heaviest weight possible) and lower body on alternate days (5 sets of 5 reps each at the heaviest weight possible) with 30-45 minutes of cardio every day. My strength training is really focusing on working individual sides of my body while also working large muscle groups at the same time. My cardio is now taking me off the elliptical and only doing a bit on treadmill (Hot Patrck was concerned about an old and lingering bad knee injury of mine). Now I’m doing lots of random body weight cardio exercises in 30 bursts with 1 minutes of rest in between (burpees, scissor jumps, jump rope, step-ups, etc.). He even got me on the rowing machine (but only for about 10 minutes at a time because I got REALLY bored with more).

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Image Courtesy of: Werk It!

So, I’m pretty damn stoked y’all. I’m still struggling to work exercise into my new schedule but I’ve managed it the best that I can and I’m going to continue to pack my gym bag the night before, put on my workout clothes before I leave work, and go straight to the gym from my job. It’s tough and I’m pretty exhausted by the time I get home but… I’m doing it.

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Image Courtesy of: Sharlyn Emily

And I'm super duper excited because the new job means I can finally afford to splurge on new gym clothes! What what! This is especially appropriate since I discovered last night (while at the supermarket) that my only yoga pants had a hole in the crotch. Aaaand I wasn't wearing underwear. Awesome. But I'm a bit stuck – what brands and clothing items should I invest in? I'm also in the market for some new shoes. I have flat feet and do both cardio and strength training regularly so I burn through shoes in 5-6 months. Any recommendations, ya'll?

And I’m putting it out there again and asking Team Tulle for your support for the next month. Bug me on Twitter, Facebook, check out my Fitness board on Pinterest, and be my friend on My Fitness Pal (I’m akbuilt – invite me to be your friend and I’ll add you to my group!). And please, please keep those practical fitness tips and nutritional suggestions coming – they are REALLY helpful to me. Are you in? Do you want to publicly declare a Fitness Journey of your own? Did you join me in September and now you want to share your progress with Tulle Nation? You know how it goes, y’all… fire away in the comments!