Monday, February 21, 2011

Updates on Fitness for All Three Women

This is Andrew Duffy, signing in. 

First off, Congrats to EVA!  Eva is our first success story, having landed not only interviews but a lovely job at a Marriott hotel in Oakland. 

Eva has lost almost ten pounds in just over a month.  With all the time she's been spending working that used to be free, she's had to adjust to her schedule to incorporate exercise. 

This week, Eva and I set new goals for exercise to accommodate her busier schedule: workout twice during the week, and twice on the weekends.

Her diet has been consistently good, which is why she continues to lose weight.  Eva is able to manage her portions well, especially when she's in situations where she can't control the content of the food she's having.  That skill alone is worth so much not only for weight loss but also for overall health.  So Eva is doing well. 

Pam is ALSO doing well.  Despite hamstring concerns that she had coming into the makeover, Pam is moving forward with her overall strength and balance.  Some of the balance exercises proved challenging for Pam at first, but she is making progress and becoming more aware of her already capable body.   Most recently, we spent some time outdoors working on some lateral running movements that would de-emphasize her hamstrings.  Here are some examples of what we did:

The Grapevine (carioca)
Side Shuffle

We also incorporated some PNF stretching (Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation) to help strengthen her right hamstring, which Pam felt helped her.  I'm looking forward to more of the PNF stretching next time!

Marilyn also continues to lose weight, despite a busy private schedule and a week of what she called "not so good with food". 

At her son's diabetes "camp" weekend, she stayed active with her son through sports and a variety of activities.  Past major injuries are always a concern when I work with Marilyn - we want to avoid aggravating anything.  I'm always cautious, but Marilyn is so ambitious and ready to progress to new and challenging things.  She's all about getting healthier!

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