JG: Can I just first say how proud I am of you?! Really. You are truly embracing diet/exercise/lifting as a lifestyle. I've been reading your blog and know you are experiencing so much success, congratulations.
What an exciting journey you are having.
I traveled this road on my own and would have given my eye teeth to have a good
personal trainer to enhance the experience. That being said,
you've got what sounds like a good personal trainer so when he says slow down a little, Please, DO IT
During my Weightloss Oddessey, which still hasn't reached its final chapter yet,
I would finish my workouts already looking forward to the more that I could dish out the next day. The endorphine rush is just overwhelming, coupled with all of the physical changes that were taking place I kind lost good judgment with regard to my initial goal, good health. I began running before my body was really ready for it and injured myself, badly. It didn't start out that way, it was just a suggestion of pain so I just kept going. Two months later, yep, I was stupid it took two months, it was soo bad that I could not walk without wincing in pain and only then did I entertain the idea of finding a sports doc. Long story short, I tried everything in the book to work around my injury to do active recovery because I still hadn't learned my lesson and spent a couple of months on the couch doin' nothin'. This could have been avoided. End of my lecture.
I'm not assuming that you would do this. I certainly know that your personal trainer would head this off before it came, but please, just be careful.
There's good pain and there's bad pain. What I have learned from this is that it takes just as much discipline to refrain from exercise once you get the "bug" as it takes to begin exercise in the very begin. At least this has been my experience.
Have I put you on the defensive yet?
I really don't mean too. I just feel compelled to share since I wish these were things I would have known. Even if I had I probably would not have listened anyway. Just be careful. Okay, go ahead and assure me this won't happen to you and I'll feel better.