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.”
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 🙂