Two years ago, after I had already lost 70 pounds and was beginning to take fitness and working out more serious, I became a Certified Personal Trainer.
I didn’t have a plan to do anything with the certification, but it provided me with knowledge and gave me a lot more confidence in what I was doing and how I was attempting to get more fit.
Renewal time came up and I did not intend on renewing my certification, but during the stay at home orders and with the gyms closed I’ve been working out a lot harder at home and lifting more weights. I started to fall in love with working out again.
I renewed my certification. I believe when the gyms open back up, I may apply for a part-time trainer position. Looking forward to it.
With the recent pandemic came the shut down and cancelation of most public gatherings and events. Although not super important in the wide scope of everything that is going on, to me organized 5K charity races had become a huge part of my fitness journey and an accomplishment I was very proud of.
I participated in a 5K every month since I started my journey in January 2017 until the last one in March 2020. That was 39 5Ks in 39 months. WOW.
I walked and huffed and puffed though that first one, while weighing 200+ pounds. Each month I walked a little faster and my legs and ankles hurt a little less. Eventually I began to jog a little, that turned into a run/walk combo with my finish time getting a bit faster each time. As my fitness level increased and I could complete the event without feeling so completely drained and sore, I was realizing that I actually COULD do it, so I began to push myself.
By August 2019 I was able to run the entire 3.1 miles without stopping. I never thought I would be able to do that. In fact, that was not a goal at all. I enjoyed getting some exercise outdoors and attending a fun celebration event afterward.
Since all organized events across the country were canceled and the gyms even shut down, I didn’t want to lose my momentum so I got out and ran in my neighborhood. Now I’m running a 5K on a weekly basis.
I have been able to keep up my fitness regimen and not just give up by turning to food, even in these bizarre and difficult times we are all facing. This is reassurance to me that I am a different person than I was 70 pounds ago and I prefer the healthier version of myself.
I have been working remotely since March 16th and my local gym shut down that same day. Being the creature of routine that I am, I felt quite a bit of anxiety at the very beginning of all this.
Now what am I going to do?
Now I can’t workout.
Now I can’t eat properly since the grocery stores are impossible to navigate.
Now I’m doomed.
Fortunately, that didn’t last long. I was able to actually focus on my nutrition and fitness more than ever before. I’ve been able to become more active in the social media groups that I belong to and even find some new influencers to follow.
My workout routine has really changed during this time of social distancing and I needed that!! I had fallen into a major rut at the gym, doing the same things every day. I’ve begun to focus more on strength training as I do have a small home gym with kettlebells and dumbbells varying in weight from 2-25lbs, strength bands, a weight bench, a stability ball, a Fit Board and a mini trampoline. It was time to dust off all my equipment and use it the way I always wanted to.
The weather here in Southern California has been beautiful, on most days I was able to get outside first thing in the morning for a run or a walk, then come home to complete my workout with some strength training all without the time restraints of having to get ready for work.
Now I wonder what I’ll do when our local gym re-opens. Do I really need to go 6 days a week like I’ve done for 3+ years?
I received word from the school district that I work for that we will be working in the office most days in June, probably 4 days a week, then back to regular schedule in July.
Now I’m a bit anxious about how that will affect my new routine. I’ve fallen in love with exercise again and I like having that as my major focus. I guess it’s time to adjust again. Which I’m trying to be excited about.
(shhh… I don’t really want to go back to work!)
Weight maintenance remains my main goal and focus and during these 11 or 12 weeks of State “Safer-at-Home” orders my scale has not moved, but I feel better than ever and I know I became must “Smarter-at-Home.”
Last week I decided to put my tail between my legs and go back to Weight Watchers (WW). I kept telling myself it was in support of my husband who joined the week prior, but honestly I know I need it. I need a little boost, a little help, and a lot of support to get myself back on track. I haven’t gained that much, maybe 7-10 pounds, but mainly I know that it’s my mindset that isn’t right and I need to get back to where I was after my 70 pound weight loss in 2017 if I’m going to be successful this year and … and well, forever.
The new WW is great, my assessment placed me in “purple” and I believe that is accurate for my lifestyle. There are so many zero point foods available to me and as I self-diagnosed food addict, I eat constantly so it’s nice to have so many options.
Lunches and Dinners haven’t been too hard to manager while staying within plan. We eat generally healthy anyway, so we are still eating the foods we love with only a few minor adjustments.
Snacking has always been my biggest struggle; however with the new WW plan all (or most) fruits and veggies are zero points, air-popped popcorn is my “go-to” at zero points along with fat-free yogurt and oatmeal. With so many options there is no way to get bored.
Even with the online-only app there is still a lot of support. Most of the support comes from other members and I enjoy interacting with like-minded people, but there is no shame is simply being an observer. However, there is a 24/7 Live Coaching Chat available. I haven’t needed that yet, but I’m not afraid to click on the button if I need it!
Finally, something that has helped me to get back on track. This Happy Coffee has made me very happy the last couple of months. I was already drinking coffee daily, so why not make it a “smart” coffee with some added benefits?? Benefits like Nootropics.
Nootropics? Never heard of them? So I had to do some light research to figure out what makes this coffee “smart” and why it makes me “happy.”
Natural nootropics are proven in boosting the brain function while at the same time making the brain healthier. Nootropics act as a vasodilator against the small arteries and veins in the brain. Introduction of natural nootropics in the system will increase the blood circulation to the brain and at the same time provide the important nutrient and increase energy and oxygen flow to the brain.
Suliman, Noor Azuin et al. “Establishing Natural Nootropics: Recent Molecular Enhancement Influenced by Natural Nootropic.” Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine : eCAM vol. 2016 (2016): 4391375. doi:10.1155/2016/4391375
I still don’t fully understand what the product does, scientifically speaking, but I am enjoying it.
Many people claim to lose weight when adding this coffee to their routine. I wouldn’t go as far as to call it a weight loss product, but I certainly feel great and I don’t feel like snacking, which in turn has helped me to lose close to 8 pounds in about six weeks.
I’ve become such a fan of the product that I’ve signed up an Independent Entrepreneur so that I can get my products at a discount.
Currently I’m alternating between the Chocolate and the Coffee, loving them both equally. The company has recently added new products, like a zero-calorie lemonade. I’ve ordered it and can’t wait to try it.
The “standard” image of a health and exercise professional is constantly evolving, much like the fitness industry itself, and concerns regarding body image abound. This is due, at least in part, to the fact that building a better, more efficient and higher-performing body is part of the business of fitness. On the other hand, fitness isn’t just about the physical body—at least it shouldn’t be.
While the fitness industry has never been immune to body-image issues, the topic has more recently gained greater attention. In a recent issue of the IDEA Fitness Journal, fitness expert Amanda Vogel argued that “body image issues in the fitness industry are nothing new. But the need for a more positive philosophy and more diverse perceptions of beauty is especially relevant right now. With rising competition from fitness technologies, social media stars who plug fitness, TV trainers and an increasingly crowded marketplace within our own communities, a nice body can (and should) only get you so far in this industry” (Vogel, 2018).
Which brings us to the heavily debated question: “What should a personal trainer look like?” Other intriguing questions are offshoots of this debate, including:
What makes a personal trainer successful?
What makes a personal trainer qualified and valuable?
Is the way a personal trainer looks directly related to client success?
Is it a realistic and fair expectation that all health and exercise professionals have a perfect physique?
What does perfect even mean?
Judging by past definitions and images of “perfection,” no one really knows. So, why should we care?
Fitness experts will agree: A perfect body isn’t necessary to be a professional in the health and fitness industry or to be successful in the industry. This opinion, however, is counterintuitive to the images portrayed in industry advertisements, social media and marketing materials. Images of the stereotypical chiseled, six-pack abs on scantily clad bodies dominate the visual aids to which we and our clients are exposed.
Consequently, it is more the rule —rather than the exception—for a client to make assertions such as “I want to have a six-pack” or “I want to get a perfect body by next summer.” It’s also not unusual for health and exercise professionals to place the same pressure on themselves to “look” the part. What’s interesting is that the majority of health and exercise professionals do not make health and fitness about an outward appearance. Instead, their focus is on helping someone build a better lifestyle.
So, why should we, as the professionals, place pressure on ourselves to obtain and maintain a so-called perfect body when no one knows what that means?
In her article, Vogel argued that the change has to begin with us (2018). Chris Gagliardi, an ACE Certified Professional agrees. “The perfect body is the one you are confident in. We cannot equate physical appearance with knowledge, competence or professional effectiveness. It’s time we, as both an industry and individual professionals, acknowledge that healthy looks different for and on everybody.”
How can we help our clients develop body confidence and body pride if we ourselves are incapable of doing the same?
Perhaps the best question to ask isn’t what a personal trainer should look like, but what a personal trainer should be like. Being a personal trainer is not about fitting into some cookie-cutter, air-brushed, photo-shopped image. It’s about character, integrity, passion and knowledge. Further, success as a personal trainer is not dependent upon the presence or absence of some idealized physical attributes that most people are unlikely to possess. We need to recognize that our thoughts and words have tremendous power. We also must start placing the focus on what really matters—the individual and the contributions he or she makes to the fitness industry. The sum total of a health and exercise professional’s contribution will not be his or her body. If that’s how we see it, we are, quite sadly, adrift in our mission.
If you’ve ever attended a professional fitness industry conference or workshop, the images you see in advertisements do not accurately portray the professionals in the industry. Fitness professionals look different from each other and that’s O.K. That’s authentic. That’s real. We are role models. We are leaders. We are influencers. Let that be the mark we leave and be judged upon—not a size or number on the scale.
What should a personal trainer look like? Like you. Like me. Like each of us in our individual and imperfect glory. That’s what we look like.
For about a year the bathroom scale has been fluctuating between the same 3-5 pounds. Up down, up down. Believe me, there have been no complaints from me about that. It’s all part of weight maintenance. That’s my main goal … just maintain and keep the weight off this time!
However, over the last couple of months, that fluctuation has only gone up … with no “back down.” It’s not a lot, but it is still concerning to me and it’s the reason for this post. I’m hoping that by putting it out there in the universe will somehow give me the strength to reel it back in and get back in control.
I started a new job this year and these people have no idea where I’ve come from or my journey to get here. Food is everywhere, I often find myself over indulging because I know these new co-workers are not judging me or questioning my choices.
I know I have to take ownership of my own decisions, but I still find it sad that I can’t just have a couple of Hershey Kisses or a small cookie without seeing evidence of it on the scale. I guess the most disappointing part is that I cannot say NO to these small goodies or really any food that is offered to me.
The only strategy that has worked for me is to completely avoid any temptation. I don’t buy any junk food or goodies for home. Each morning I pack myself a great lunch including healthy snacks for the day, all with the calorie count in mind while also keeping in mind what I will have for dinner that night. Everything is counted for ahead of time, right down to the exact calorie. The problem starts when someone says “there are cookies in the breakroom” or “who wants something from Starbucks?” or “go with me to the cafeteria to see what they got.”
At one time, not so long ago, I was able to say no most of the time, but lately I can never say no. I think it may be time for me to let these new co-workers in on my recent weight loss. Not because they are my problem but because it may help keep me accountable and more comfortable declining goodies that are offered.
Last year proved to be an extremely productive year for me. I started the year 70 pounds down from my original start weight and I begun my first full year of weight loss maintenance. But there was still more to achieve in 2018.
At the age of 48, I completed my studies at community college and received my Associates Degree in Accounting. Although, I played it off to family and friends, claiming that it wasn’t a big deal, it definitely was. I am very proud to add a college degree to my recent accomplishments.
Over the summer I received my certification as a Personal Trainer. That course was certainly no easy task, but I really wanted to legitimize my weight loss and my continued fitness journey to myself. I want to share everything I’ve learned with everyone I come in contact with. I want to shout it from the roof tops …. I’VE LOST 70 POUNDS AND I’M A CERTIFIED PERSONAL TRAINER! LET ME HELP YOU!
But, what I’m learning along the way is, not everyone cares. Some people are not ready to make a lifestyle change. I know for most people they just don’t know how or where to begin. That is where I want to help. If I’m being truthful, approaching people in a helpful and tactful way and being sensitive to people’s feelings is not my forte. I come across as bossy or talking down to people or sometimes bragging about my own success. This is the #1 area I need to work on. I want my loved ones to know I love them and I just want to help. I guess it’s best to wait until someone asks for help, rather than trying to force unwanted information on them.
I can’t believe this is my first blog post of 2018. I hope everyone is having a productive year so far.
Thoughts and ideas are going through my mind all the time … I plan to post here, but then something sidetracks me.
I had many goals for 2018, some happened, some didn’t. The most important was weight loss maintenance. I am proud to say that I have been able to maintain my 70 pound weight loss. This year I’ve been able to remain consistent with my daily workouts, meal planning and meal prepping. I’ll write more about how I’m able to stay motivated in a future post.
The goal that I haven’t achieved yet is to be more active on my blog and find topics that people what to hear about so that I can expand my following. I guess I better get focusing on that.
Not bad for someone who started 2017 over 60 pounds heavier and could hardly walk without getting winded. I’m not saying I ran all 12 of the 5Ks this year, not even close, it was only the last two that I did more running than walking.
My goal for 2018 is to run an entire 5K (with no walking), and then maybe just maybe, attempt a 10K. I doubt I’ll ever go for any longer distances, but it is a great workout and it’s nice to get out of the gym once in a while and get some fresh air.
I have quite a nice collection of T-shirts and medals from 2017, some are super cute 🙂