40 Minute Fitness Program

My brain can think up a whole lot more stuff than my body can actually accomplish. Kind friends say, “Tracy has a fragile constitution.” Blunt friends say, “Tracy’s a wimp.”

My response? “Yes.”

I made up my mind a few weeks ago to do something about that. I hooked up with Nathan Williams, a personal trainer who designs individualized programs for his clients — in 40 minute sessions.

Today I wrapped up my 5th or 6th week — I’ve kinda lost count. Adding this new 3-day a week habit to my routine couldn’t have come at a busier time, but it couldn’t have come at a better time. Already, I’m stronger, I have a little more endurance, I’m finally sleeping better — usually sleeping through the night for the first time in many years.

When I began the program, we talked about what I wanted to attain — stamina, strength, and endurance. I truly do want my body to keep up with my brain.

On Sept. 19 we measured my body fat at about 26% and began working toward a goal of 20%, then we went to work.

While reducing body fat wasn’t among my primary goals, Nathan explained that being leaner is healthier and will help my body become more efficient.

Some days are pretty easy, other days are difficult. Sometimes I’m a little sore the next day but, most of the time, I’m anxious to get back to the gym at the end of the day to work off some stress or find my second wind.

For the first week or so, I ate like a field hand, so I might have put on some weight. We’re adding muscle pretty quickly, though, so we’ll see if I need to work on my diet after we re-measure body fat next week.

The thing is, I’m just about half way through life and God’s whispering in my ear about a whole lot of stuff. Some are small ideas. Others are really, really big. Either way, these are jobs for someone with a sharp mind and a strong body.

With Nathan’s help, I’ll be prepared to perform during the rest of what I hope is a long life on this earth.

Check out Nathan’s program here. Main

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