This is going to be long!
After being widowed suddenly at age 56 in 2014, I found myself slipping slowly into a state of uselessness. The very active lifestyle I formerly enjoyed included running half marathons and most recently the NYC Marathon last November - all to fundraise for child protection and water projects in Haiti and Africa through World Vision. My desire was to continue in service, and I was further inspired during a 10-day "Vision Trip" to Ethiopia and Kenya with World Vision to visit water projects in World Vision communities, meet the villagers the projects served, meet one of my sponsored children, and run "The Great Ethipoian Race". My 9 travel companions and I also went to collection sites where women and children were fetching contaminated water for drinking and cleaning. Witnessing this and getting to speak with the villagers moved my heart to continue in service to help them. Once I got back to a house without my husband though, I sank into a feeling of unworthiness, uselessness, lack of motivation, and despair. Even running did not cheer me as it used to. I carried the guilt of not moving to help the people I had met in Africa.
Before leaving on a 10-day vacation at the end of April, I was carrying 7 lbs. over my race weight. During the vacation, I gained 9 lbs. more. Once home, I started back to a half-hearted workout program, but had a hard time quitting sugary treats. Then, I gained 2 lbs. more! What a failure I was. I was weighing more than ever - besides during my pregnancy. I realized that I needed someone who would be there for me to force me to get back into a regular and sound workout program. The things I hated the most were - not wanting to or feeling like I could run another half marathon, my growing belly that reflects an imminent serious health problem, and being stagnant in my service to the people who had moved me in Africa.
Then, after having used Thumbtack to hire a tree pruner and liking the service, I decided to look for a personal trainer who would force me off of my butt. I really liked the way I received immediate responses and profiles. Once I had narrowed it down to 2 trainers, I scheduled interviews with both of them. They both interviewed very well, but Eric seemed to "fight" for my business. He was willing to train me every day that I was home and on weekends for the same price as weekdays. I work as a flight attendant, and my schedule varies. Eric was also less expensive than the other interviewee and super flexible with his hours. I hired him, and we started training the following day.
There's nothing to complain about with Eric. He's either right on time with our appointments or more often than not, he texts me if he's able to get to me a little earlier. He texted me the one time he was running a little late too. He doesn't keep me wondering, and I appreciate his energy. Eric really encourages me, and I needed to have someone to get me wanting to be dressed in my workout clothes and ready to go when he would arrive. When he started with me, I really wanted to perform well for him when I didn't want to do it for myself. Now, I'm back to wanting to be performing on my own and seeing my future as being able to run again for my friends in Africa or continuing with being a child ambassador for sponsorship.
Since May 16, Eric has trained me at my home 8 times. He put together a daily workout schedule for me to do either in my hotel room or at the hotel fitness center when I'm away from home. He taught me how to use the TRX system and resistance bands when I'm away, and he had me record a video of him going through all of the exercises for me to reference. My memory is not the best, but I don't need my memory when I have the videos to follow and my plan sheet that he provided for me.
During our sessions, he coaches me enthusiastically through my sets and keeps me moving fast. In 45 minutes, I'm getting 100% of his creativity with the way he uses the items in my home gym plus things like brooms and garden tools that are around to give me a super effective workout. He can really think quickly on his feet and most importantly, he makes the workouts FUN! He keeps me pretty sore, but not so sore that I can't function. Also, before the marathon, I had 3 injuries during training - my Achilles, my calf, and my knee at separate times. With Eric's workouts, I feel that these three areas are getting stronger, and are not a problem nor weak. Eric's workouts don't include crazy, injury-likely, exercises.
Eric took measurements when we started training together. So, I can't give specific results right now because we will take the next measurements after I've been training 4 weeks. I do see that my arms are already more toned, but my belly is still flabby. I don't expect that area to respond right away anyway. He's having me use the app "MyFitnessPal" to keep track of what's going into my mouth, and he had me adjust the percentages of fat, protein, and carbs in the app. I'm a little discouraged that I've only lost 2.8 lbs. from my highest weight, but at least I'm not still gaining and I am more toned. When I hit the 4 weeks, I'd like to submit another review so that you can see the real results.
I've decided to stick with Eric's personal training for at least 90 days. After that, I hope to have the confidence to go to the gym he's opening from time to time or have him still come to my home once per week to keep me on track. My finances will most likely determine that. Ultimately, I hope to maintain this lifestyle change.
The good thing is that I'm being held accountable by Eric, and I'm happy to check in with him by text when I'm out of the country to prove that I'm doing my daily workouts without him. It's good to have someone to keep me motivated. Also, he practices what he preaches. He's in excellent shape himself, exudes youth and energy, and reflects a happy life through his smile and glow. He always keeps things upbeat and positive, seeks and works hard to meet his own goals for his business and desire to help people, and that impresses me in this handsome and charming young man.
Finally, I highly recommend Eric to anyone like myself who had maybe been an athlete and for one reason or another, has fallen into a deep slump, depression, and lack of motivation. Eric's energy and positive attitude will get you moving again and wanting to do good in this world. He'll get you out of bed and feeling great!!