Certified Personal Trainer – Renewed

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’m Official!

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.

The Streak is Over

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.

Twelve 5Ks in 12-months!

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 🙂

Take a Hike!

Who knew there was an inner hiker in me that wanted to get out? Definitely not me. I’ve never been the “outdoorsy” type, I’m more of the indoor, air-conditioning type and even for a work out I prefer the controlled temp and conditions of a commercial gym.

After my husband and I completed a few 5Ks this year, we both realized we needed to take our weekend workouts up a notch, nothing too crazy but we wanted to challenge ourselves a little more. Someone suggested a local hike. I’ve heard about this hike before, everyone has done it so it’s probably not that bad, so we decided to give it a try.

Arriving at the base of the hike a 5:30am we were quite surprised to see the amount of people there. There are 2 different paths to take, go to the left and around the mountain is supposed to be a little easier and the suggested path for beginners.  Most people were going to the left. But we’ve been working about for 5 months and lost 70+ pounds between us, surely we could take the more difficult path and go to the right. Having never been on a hike before, I did not know what to expect on this 5 mile trek, I figured it would be like a walk only in the wilderness instead of the street or treadmill.

Mile 1 was pretty steep, I was surprised how steep in fact. It was dirt and loose gravel which was a challenge in a couple of places, you have to watch where you step to avoid tripping. I was breathing pretty hard during this first mile, by Mile 2 I could not catch my breath or breathe normally. This second mile seemed like it went on forever, it was so steep with very little leveling out. There were plenty of places to stop along the way, even some benches, or you can just stop to take in the view (which was beautiful), but I couldn’t stop.  I did not want to lose my momentum. I just kept going. The summit is around two and half miles up, there’s a gazebo to rest or take scenic photos. One quick selfie for us and we were back our way. The remainder of the way was more level and down-hill, I even ran in some spots.

Claremont Loop

It took me about an hour and half to complete. I was exhausted, my legs were dead, I was drenched in sweat, and starving. But all I could think about was next weekend and doing it again!

Our first hike 5/28/17

Jump Start from a Personal Coach

When I joined Weight Watchers this time around, there was a membership level that included online coaching with a Personal Coach. I’m not even sure if this option has always been available and understandably there is a significant price difference for that type of membership.

I opted to go with the online only membership as I had in the past. The promotion that I joined on included an offer of one free session with a Personal Coach. What could I possibly gain from a session with a Personal Coach, what could she tell me that I don’t already know? But, I had already made my mind up that “this time” was going to be different, so I thought I would try something different. I decided to go outside my comfort zone and take advantage of it and I scheduled the online session with the Coach, and I’m so glad I did.

My call with Peggy was so easy, it was like we already knew each other, she didn’t rush the 30-minute call, we talked about our dogs (because mine were barking the entire time) and other small talk before getting into developing my Action Plan.

At her suggestion, I agreed to create my meal plan for the following week on Saturdays, then grocery shop and cook/prep on Sunday. After over 5 months, I continue to do this each week (most people know that 5 months is a long time in the “diet” world).

At the time of our session in December, I committed to going to the gym 4 days a week by actually scheduling which days I would go. I never swayed from it and today I go to the gym 6-7 days a week, the only days I take off is to attend a 5K or a hike.

But the very best advice that Peggy gave me was to look into Podcasts. I mentioned to her that I was getting kinda bored on the treadmill (which is all I could do when I first started). At times, I was actually ending the workout because of boredom not fatigue. Peggy opened my eyes to Podcasts!! I love them and cannot get a good work out without them! I download my shows, which vary in length, my favorite show is about 60 minutes. I get so involved in the show that the hour flies by and I cannot wait until the next day to listen to the next show. Sometimes I’ll even extend my workout so that I can listen to 2 episodes.

Currently I’m listening to Half Size Me (free on iTunes). I started with episode #1, which I believe was from 2012. I’m listening to the episodes in order and still haven’t caught up to the current episodes. The content is mostly interviews with real people! Real people like me. Each day I hear something from one of the interviewees that I can relate to.  When I’m done with my daily morning workouts, I feel physically, mentally and emotionally regenerated and ready to take on my day.


I’m not much of a writer and I certainly never thought I would start a blog, but here I am. Recently I began my journey into a new healthy lifestyle and I’m loving it!

As I am discovering new things about healthy living and about myself, I want to share it all with EVERYONE. I am also finding that those close to me are growing tired of hearing about it.

I try not to start a conversation about my weight loss, as I don’t want to seem as though I’m bragging (but, ya I am) but once someone brings it up I find myself getting on a roll and talking about everything from Weight Watchers, to my gym routine, to my FitBit, to my new workout outfit …. once I start into my ramble I quickly notice the boredom and lack of interest. I’m working on learning to accept a simple compliment and not take it as a request for information.

One of the many new things I’ve come across lately is so many inspirational and motivational stories that people have to share. That is part of the reason I decided to start a blog. Mostly I’ll be able to share some of my experiences during my weight loss journey, and share some of my tips and tricks I’ve used and maybe somewhere along the way I can provide some inspiration and motivation to someone else.

Mostly I want to ramble on and on to others that have the same interests and actually want to hear what I have to say. So, welcome to my blog and I hope I can grow it a bit and extend to more like-mined people. Please subscribe so you don’t miss anything and of course any feedback would be greatly appreciated.