Two things you guys:
1. Remember, I said strength training/lifting weights means you'll add the much needed muscle and I swear you will not look ever like a female bodybuilder. Those women take steroids and many times testoserone to look like that. It's ugly believe me. As you guys know. You'll need to eat more protein when you lift weights.
2. Lifting weights will increase your stamina and make cardio much much easier. I promise. I know.....I was in the most awful condition when I began all this way back in the early 90s.
3. As for explaining your condition to your trainer....you of course should. But believe me, the trainer will not understand nor have the slightest clue about what you really are going through/feeling like. Trainers are kids who are usually in their 20s/sometimes 30s. They don't get it. I promise. I know this after 16 years as a gym rat.
4. A home gym is great. But you have to use it of course.
5. Lastly? I am not a certified trainer but I do train. Whom? Women and some guys but the gym likes me to work with the women who are late 30s/40s/50s and up. You know, the old people.
6. Forgot - remember.....water, water, water...all throughout your workout. Don't drown yourself but it's vital to really hydrate. You want to eat carbos before your workout...not much but a little. Then protein/protein/protein after your workout. And it's vital you take in the protein within an hour of your workout. Just a hint from an old gym rat.
7. Oh and no, I was NOT a size 4 when I started in the early 90s. I did lose weight, get incredibly toned, sleep like a baby, eat healthy without thought as I craved the good foods, had stamina I never dreamed possible, was wonderfully strong - well, at least I wasn't the weaking wussy I had been forever. I was amazed at how easy it was to carry in groceries etc.
Anyway, let me know if you want any other info from former tubby, flabby, weak female. And I love encouraging women to do this and not give up.
Important info once you start strength training:
At 3 weeks, you will notice a difference
At 3 months, others will notice a difference
At 6 months, you won't believe your stamina and your body
At 12 months, you'll be hot and beautiful
(that's to the world who couldn't believe you would do it nor look that good)