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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

More Advice From My Trainer

Ok.  Get this. 

Our personal trainer, Chris, went on vacation back to his hometown of California, the last week of Feb.  The first of March, when I found out that my unemployment was ending in 2 weeks, I called Billie and told her I had to stop paying for the trainer, because that's $60/month I just can't justify if Dwayne's going to be paying all of my bills until I find a job.  He would let me keep the $20/month gym membership, but not the personal trainer that we see once a week.  Since I had just paid for the month of March a couple of days before, I have this month left with the trainer. 

The same day I told Billie I was cancelling and only have this month of March left, she texted me later that afternoon and told me the gym called her....that Chris, on vacation in Cali, decided not to come back!!!!  So...they assigned us to a new trainer....a girl named Theresa.  She took our measurments last Thursday, and that's when I found out I lost 1.5 inches off of my bat wings over the last month!  Tonight was our first workout with her, and I'll only get to see her a couple of more weeks, and then my personal training days are over until I can find a friggin' job and afford to start it up again.

After our workout on arms and abs (she's a killer, by the way)....she asked me how much water I'm drinking.  I told her (3) 32 oz. glasses a day.  She told me that's not near enough....drink more.  How much more?  She said I should be drinking 1 oz. of water for each pound I weigh.  ***Brain freeze after I do some quick math in my head***   Ummmm....that's like (30) 8 oz. glasses of water a day.  She said, "Yep...I weigh 156 lbs and I drink 156 ounces of water a day."  So, according to her, I'm only drinking enough water for a 96 lb. person.  I asked her then why is the recommended amount of water 6-8 glasses a day.  She said that's all you need to live and function okay....but if you're lifting weights and building muscle, it needs to be one ounce for every pound you weigh. 

I started to say I'll think about it...I said, "I'll thhh....I'll try."  She said all she asks is that I try!! 

Ok....so has anyone else ever heard of this before?  I really just can't even fathom drinking that much water in a day....much the same way I can't fathom eating 2300 cals a day/7 days a week and actually losing weight, like the nutrionist told me to do.   I swear, the more I try to involve myself in this fitness crap and try to get in better shape, the crazier the advice gets!!! 

Came in at 1800 cals again today, and as you just read, another great workout.  I get so red-faced and red-chested & so drenched in sweat....soaking wet head and clothes...that I think my trainers are worried I'm near heart failure.  Both Chris and Theresa have asked if I'm ok...if I got in the tanning bed before I worked out because I'm so red, etc.  And Billie never sweats.  Ever.  She even commented tonight after the workout that she was actually SWEATING tonight (told you Theresa was a killer).  I don't get it...but whatever.  Maybe some people just don't sweat no matter how hard they work.  I leave the gym every night looking like I just got blasted with a water hose....sooooo attractive, lol.  Another good day in the books.  'Nite friends. :)

Quote For the Day:

"He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else."  -Benjamin Franklin


  1. My trainer has told me the same thing on the water...it's hard but I try to do it. I sure hope something in the job field turns up for your fast...I know that must be stressful.

  2. No I've never heard of drinking that much water. Several doctors, nutritionists and physical therapists have told me to drink HALF my body weight in water. 1/2 ounce per pound they told me. If I drink that much it does help me lose but it's hard for me to do when it's cold out, much easier to get in THAT much water when it's warm!

    Even with working out my doctor told me no more than 16 more ounces added..He said only if I'm sweating like crazy for a LONG time (like hours) or it's extremely hot out..He said it can have negative effects (especially making certain medications ineffective by diluting the chemicals more than they should be)

    My old nutritionist explained how the eight glasses is a 'guideline' because that's ABOUT what your body needs to maintain things IF your at a 'normal' weight. That that guideline does NOT take into account extra pounds, especially over 100 extra pounds..

    Hope that helps!

  3. Personally, I think the industry gets a little "guideline" happy just to sound like they've got something valuable to contribute. Next time, ask her the source of the study indicating the needs for that much water. You know...because you are curious, not challenging her. I think a lot of it is good theory and not necessarily harmful, but necessary? I dunno.

  4. Yikes, I'm going to go drink a glass, I mean jug, of water!

  5. WOW! there is NO WAY I could drink my weight in water!

  6. I heard to drink 1oz for every 2lbs you weigh but I'm going to email my nutritionist friend and she was just on the nutritionist panel for the Olympic athletes - I will let you know what she says.
    We don't want you to float away LOL.

  7. I have heard to drink 1/2 of your body weight - guess everyone has there own opinion but we don't want to float away either :).

  8. So I have two comments.... One, that does sound like a ridiculous amount of water to me. Two, though, all beverages are hydrating (yes, even stuff like soda) so you may be more hydrated than you thought already.

  9. She probably didn't tell you because I haven't "officially" started yet. I'm actually working for a staffing place called Teacher's R Us in Kennesaw. They send me to different daycares and school who need subs or want to try people out before they let someone else go. That kinda thing. Yes it's daily pay by the daycares when my shift is done and I make my own schedule only down side is I get a 1099 at the end of the year which means I'll be paying taxes not getting any back. LOL. I have an interview at Macy's next Tuesday also so I'll see if I'm able to work both jobs. If not I'll keep the Macy's job since they take out taxes. I never thought I'd see the day where I actually liked Uncle Sam taking my money from my paycheck. But its a lot better than paying taxes.

  10. Hey Tammy... um.. i think your trainer is NUTSO... but that could be just me.. have you ever heard of water intoxication? there are actually people in mental health care with this problem.. however (I got this from about.com)

    "As a general guideline, most adults need about three quarts of fluid each day. Much of that water comes from food, so 8-12 eight ounce glasses a day is a common recommended intake. You may need more water if the weather is very warm or very dry, if you are exercising, or if you are taking certain medications. The bottom line is this: it's possible to drink too much water, but unless you are running a marathon or an infant, water intoxication is a very uncommon condition. "

    anyways.. i've been slllloooooooowly catching up on my fav. blogs.. and I just have to say.. WOW.. you have calves to be PROUD of, lady!! wear those heels!!!

    you're doing GREAT!! xoxoxo and more. thanks for checking up on me.

  11. That seems like a lot to me. Would she advise a person who weighed 400 pounds to drink 50 glasses of water? That is getting into the 'water intoxication' area, depending on how quickly is is drunk, isn't it?

  12. wow! Just go ahead and fill up the bathtub now and run a straw to the living room. Gee.

    I did have a PT tell me that she drinks a gallon of water per day. I'd have to drag a port-a-potty with me all day long.

    Out of curiosity I think I'll try to drink that much water for a week and see what happens. That's 24.5 8-oz glasses of water. That's a HECK of a lot more than the 6-8 glasses of water I've seen recommended.

    OK, your recommended calorie intake is 2700/day. That would give you no deficit, right? just wondering how they get such a high number.

    Squeeze as much info from this trainer while you have the chance. Maybe get her to come up with a routine for you so you can do it on your own.

  13. wow! I am drinking about 84 oz of water a day and that means I am constantly drinking water all day long...don't no how I would get it up to 176 oz a day...that sounds insane!
    Like someone else already posted, dont forget the water found in fresh fruits/veggies too.
    It get's confusing when everyone has a different answer to what is right or not (even the fda changes from week to week)

  14. There is a thing called water toxicity to think about too when you overhydrate. I'm a nurse and have read the pros and cons of all water intake philosophies. I think maybe closer to half your body weight might be safer--I don't do that much still. Plus you can really stress the kidneys and heart if you super overhydrate. Sometimes you have to weed thu the suggestions and figure out what feels right / makes the most sense for you.

  15. I think this recommendation is over the top. I can't add any more wisdom to the comments above other than to agree with them. I'd seriously question this. Good work out though.

  16. I sweat just thinking of sweating. It's genetic. We're all a bunch of sweaters. Heh.
    Just get as close to her recommendations on water as possible.
    Keep it up!

  17. That can't be correct!!! Think about it in these terms. There more than a few bloggers I've met up with on here who weigh 400+ lb. Those people would have to drink more than A CASE of 16oz bottles per day and would probably have to spend most of their day in the bathroom.

  18. My sister's mother in law is currently very unwell because she drinks 5 litres of water a day. She was paralised because she had leeched out all the salts and minerals in her body and was deficient in potassium. Sometimes you have to apply common sense to the advice you receive from pseudo-experts.

  19. Right...because it's totally fun to have to pee every half hour. No way would I drink 17 8-oz. glasses of water a day, and I couldn't even fathom drinking thirty. I do think it's important to drink more than 8 if you're exercising, but 30 sounds absolutely crazy.

    By the way, funny thing about sweating: I used to work out with two guys; we'd do spinning classes and weight lifting together. Now, when I'd spin, my whole head would be *drenched* in sweat, as if I stuck my head in a sink or something, but my clothes would never show any. And they always had these huge sweat marks going down the fronts of their shirts and I'd say I was jealous because it looked like they were working way harder than me. Lol. So wear your sweat proudly, it shows that you're doing a good job and working hard. :)

  20. I am with you with the sweating part...I sweat like crazy, sometimes it burns my eye's when I run and frustrates me!

    Never heard of one having to drink so much water, do remember from trainer to trainer things will be different. During my training I was taught 8 glasses of water a day is enough!!