Half Marathon Training: I Didn’t Die

This week began the official training for the fall half and full marathon season.  I was a bit nervous to begin training since I’d kind of lost my running mojo, but at the same time I was excited to have a new goal to work towards.

Mondays are recovery run days, where the goal is just to move but not to overtax the muscles.  It’s to allow the muscles to heal from the long run of Saturday so the run is short and slow.  Even though we hadn’t yet done a long run, we ran recovery pace for 3 miles.  It was miserably hot (when is it not in Oklahoma in July [insert frowny face]?), but despite the heat and humidity, the run felt great.  I came home drenched in sweat but feeling immensely content and incredibly happy to just be able to run.

But then Tuesday morning came.  Track workout.  Thankfully, track workouts are offered at 6a.m. during the summer.  Running speed intervals during the heat of 6p.m. just makes me really unhappy, but at 6a.m., temperatures are a little lower which makes the workouts slightly more bearable.  If you followed me during marathon training at all, you know I do NOT like track workouts.  But I do them because the benefit is huge.  Running speed intervals has been crucial in helping m008e develop speed.  But this week the workout felt so hard.  Maybe it was because I had just run less than 12 hours before, or maybe it was because we did long intervals–1 x 1200 and 4 x 800.  Anyway, I only made it through 3 800 meter intervals.  On that third 800, my pace was way off, my legs were lead, and I was just done.  I had to come home and just lay on the floor for a bit to recover.  I hate that I wimped out, but…I did a CrossFit workout following track.  Maybe that made up for it???

Wednesday morning was an early CrossFit workout, followed by a bike ride at the river.  I’d like to truly add in some cross training during this training session.  I counted CrossFit as cross training during marathon 013training, but it’s really strength and conditioning.  Cross training mimics running, in that it’s exercise that uses the same big muscles as running–walking, cycling, etc.  So with Wednesday being cross training day, I cross trained with a bike ride.  I’m always humbled by how unfit cycling makes me feel.  I can run for 30 minutes without struggling, but 30 minutes on my bike makes me huff and puff.  I guess that’s a sign I need to spend more time on my bike, uh?

Thursday.  Holy cow!  I was so sore.  Speed intervals, heavy deadlifts…just sitting down was hard.  Thankfully, strength training in CrossFit focused more on upper body.  My running training schedule called for a 3 mile run with “sprinkles”, 30 second bursts of basically sprinting.  I thought I could get it in after CrossFit, but the conditioning workout included 400 meter runs.  I did 3 rounds of the workout, running each 400 meter in under 2 minutes which just did me in.  The workout helped to decrease my soreness, but I had nothing left in the tank for a running workout.

Friday morning, I got off work and headed to the gym for a bicep/tricep workout.  It was a short 30 minute workout.  I was hoping to pick up the run that I missed the day before, but sleep won out, and I missed the run again.

Saturday.  My favorite run of the week!  Saturday runs are long slow distance.  It’s the longest run of the week but at a conversational pace.  I love these runs, and today’s run felt amazing.  Because I’m training for a PR, I picked a pace group just one step faster than the pace I’d trained with for the marathon.  I felt a bit nervous, but the pace f015elt great!  It gave me just the right amount of challenge.  I felt I was working hard (well, kind of hard) at the end but never really struggling.  It started raining just as we finished our 6 miles, but who could tell?  We were already dripping wet with sweat from the pea soup like humidity [insert another frowny face].  But I came home feeling great, excited about running again, and feeling encouraged that the PR I’m going for might actually be within reach!

All in all, a good first week of training.  I picked up the pace, and I didn’t die!  Yay!  Here’s to the second week of training, and not missing a run this time.

Talk to me:

What’s the weather like right now where you live?

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Death of a Nemesis

So you may remember that I’ve had a rather love-hate relationship with my lawnmower.  Of all the gadgets I’ve acquired to help me maintain a house, the lawnmower has been the one that has made me curse the most.  Seriously.  And I don’t curse.  (Well, unless you count what I say under my breath as the jump rope keeps biting me when I miss double unders.)

003I fought with my lawnmower every time I did spring maintenance on it, but generally once I got the thing up and running, we got along pretty good.

Until last summer.  The thing just up and died on me with the back yard half mowed.  I probably kicked the thing, thought about saying a few choice words, slammed a door or two, and probably popped a blood vessel from being angry–at an inanimate object.  But there you go.  That’s how my lawnmower affected me.

At a loss as to where to go to get a lawnmower fixed and not wanting my neighbors to be ashamed to live next door to the house with a jungle for 01c73695ec5cb5a4339ebab6f85c8a8c884f018810a yard, I hired a lawn mowing service to mow my yard for the rest of the summer.

And then they had to keep coming this year because my sick little lawnmower was still caput.  But the thing was, I was enjoying not having to mow my lawn.  I didn’t miss struggling with my mower.  I didn’t miss the dirt blowing into my eyes and nose and getting sopping wet with sweat from walking back and forth across the yard in searing heat.  I liked coming home and seeing my yard neatly mowed and edged.

But then I started thinking about all the money I was paying to have my yard mowed when I am perfectly capable of doing it myself, except that my lawnmower had pooped out on me.  My independence won out and I found a mobile small engine repair service to come and smack my ornery lawnmower into compliance.

Only there was no smacking it into compliance.  After an hour in the repair man’s mobile fix-it trailer, he gives me the word.  “I think its had it.”

I felt strangely sad.  This lawnmower and I had gone 9 rounds every spring for the last 10 years, and as mad as that thing made me, it mowed 001my lawn neatly.  So I watched the man put my frenemy into his trailer and haul it away to the lawnmower graveyard.

So now I am lawnmower-less and trying to decide what to do.  Do I continue paying to have my lawn mowed or do I buy another lawnmower, command dominance over it, and spend time every week outside in the blazing heat to keep the grass under the control?

Oh, the trials of being single!

But, seriously, all jest and joking aside, these situations are some of the hardest for me as a single gal.  Sometimes it would be nice to have someone to bounce ideas off and to talk through decisions with.  But that’s not my present reality, so I’m just kicking my options back and forth, arguing with myself, weighing the pros and cons, evaluating my priorities.  Is having more time to do other things more important?  Or is freeing up finances most important?  ARGH….

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The First Mile

It’s 100 degrees here in Oklahoma, but last night I attended an event to kick off the fall race training season.  Seems kind of strange, right?  It’s boiling hot but we’re gearing up for fall races.  I mean, you know it’s seriously hot when the cooler of water looks like this:

041But when your goal is a 15K, half-marathon, or marathon some time in the fall, now’s the time to start training.  And Tulsa has a lot of great races coming up in the fall–Tulsa Run 15K, Route 66 marathon.  I’m giddy with excitement!

Yep.  That means–HERE WE GO AGAIN!!!  But this time I’ll be training for a half marathon, instead of the entire 26.2 miles.  I’ve been in a running slump for most of this year, struggling with pace, distance, and just enjoyment of the sport, and I’m just not mentally prepared for the rigorous, 30-40 miles of running a week marathon training involves.  This summer I’ve just taken it easy.  I’ve run at a pace that felt good, not pushing myself, running when I wanted to instead of running because I felt I had to.

And I’m feeling my running mojo return.

Last night I attended The First Mile.  Hundreds of runners descended on a local Fleet Feet (running) store, gathered into pace groups, and took off 043in the insufferable heat for a 1-mile or 3-mile run.  Me?  I went for the 3 mile run.  One mile’s just a warm up!

And it was awesome!  I saw some friends I haven’t seen in months, and getting to run with them was just great.  The run felt good, and I came back feeling excited to begin training again.  But first, I hung out in the shade holding up the wall for a while.  It was stinkin’ HOT!  I was ever so grateful for the lady who came around passing out cold, wet towels.  Heaven, I tell you!042Once I cooled off, I enjoyed some of the free goodies–sweet potato burrito and a green apple Sno-Cone.  I seriously can’t remember when I last had a Sno-Cone, and in this heat, it was divine!

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So here we go again!  My goal is a half-marathon PR with a finish time of 2 hours or less.  I’ll have to work hard for that, but I’m feeling excited and ready to go for it.  Come along with me on my half-marathon adventure and see if I get that PR!

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Sunny Sleeps

Hey, humans!  Sunny here again.  My human has had a lot of trouble sleeping lately.  I don’t get that since day time is like the best time ever to sleep.  But since it doesn’t know how to sleep during the day, I’m hijacking its blog again to give you some daytime sleeping tips.

011The first tip to sleeping during the day is finding something to rest your head on.

 

 

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Second, find a comfortable position.  It may take a while, but when you find that position, just close your eyes and you’ll drift right off.

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Third, corners are super comfy.  It’s like having a blanket wrapped around you.  You’ll be amazed at how quickly you’ll fall asleep in a corner.

 

 

029And lastly, keeping the light out your eyes can help you sleep during the day.  Now, light doesn’t bother me too much, but I’ve noticed my human wants things dark when it’s trying to sleep.  Strange, but if you must, sleep with your head under the blanket.  Let me tell you, there’s no light under there!

 

 

So there you go.  That’s all there’s to getting some good sleep.  Trust me.  I know.  I sleep about 12 hours a day.

Sweet dreams!

Signed Sunny, the cat

My Favorite Kitchen Gadgets

Coming off the clean eating challenge, I’ve been spending more time searching out and trying new recipes, which equals more time in the kitchen.  I’ve found there are a few gadgets that I use frequently that make cooking so much easier.  Now, I’m not promoting any company.  These are just the brands I happened to purchase, and I have no other experience with other brands that produce similar products.

  1.  Magic Bullet.  I usually drink at least one protein shake a day, either after coming home from the007 gym, a run or as I’m getting ready for my night shift at the hospital.  I love the ease of using this mini blender.  I just throw everything in and presto!  I have a perfectly blended shake in under a minute with relatively little cleanup.  I also like the strength of this blender.  Here I’m trying out my hand at making almond meal (basically finely ground almonds to take the place of flour).  Making almond meal took a bit of time, and I had to keep shaking the container to get the larger nut pieces to fall down to the bottom by the blades, but I wound up with some nice almond meal!  I also love using my Magic Bullet for making my own ranch dressing (from cashews!  Really!  I’ll have to tell you about it one day.)
  2. George Foreman grill.  For the longest time, I just threw so028me chicken in the oven to bake, but then I discovered this little personal grill.  In a matter of minutes, I can have tasty, moist grilled chicken, salmon, or turkey burgers.  I’m anxious to try it out on some veggie burgers and grilled veggies.  And I love the ease of clean up.  No pans with stuck on chicken drippings.
  3. Kitchen scale.  One thing that became super helpful to me in attaining and maintaining a significant weight loss was portion control.  I picked up this kitchen scale for around $10, and it’s been incredibly helpful to keep me on track with portions.  It has both metric and standard measures, so when some recipes call for so many grams of an ingredient, I can put the scale on the 006metric measure and figure out how much 114 grams of zucchini is.  Or I can measure out 3 ounces of meat for a serving instead of just eyeballing it.
  4. Garlic press.  This may seem like a funny gadget to list among my 0149ef10166b9e45ac93ea5eec9dfd67a4ac5cf3fffavorites, but I use it all. the. time.  I cook with a lot of fresh garlic, so having a press to mince those cloves of garlic is so much easier and faster than chopping it up by hand.  This press is not of great quality, but it does the job.
  5. Shaker cup.  Here’s another one of those kind of odd gadgets to mention among my favorites, but I love my shaker cups.  I’ve found that if I take a serving of my favorite chocolate protein powder to work and make a shake close to quitting time, it curbs my hunger and my desire for unhealthy sugary treats.  I have one shaker cup that uses a wire whisk kind of ball.  I don’t like this one as much; it doesn’t get the powder off the side of the cup very well.  My favorite cups have the harder ball inside that really blends that powder as well as a blender.018057f86b4751e42f874c551a009026acad20ad46Here’s to happy, healthy cooking–and eating!

Talk to me:

What are your favorite kitchen gadgets?

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Clean Eating Challenge

Back towards the beginning of May, a friend I CrossFit with, knowing I’m in the process of launching my own personal training business, asked if she could tell me about the clean eating program that got her on the road to health and feeling better, something I may be able to share with clients.  I have to say, even with my nursing background, when it comes to nutrition and how to guide someone into making the best decisions for weight loss, I just feel overwhelmed.  Anyone else feel like that?  There’s so much seemingly contradictory information out there.  And here’s the thing:  nutrition is THE most important part of weight loss.  Exercise all you want, but you can’t out exercise a bad diet.

On top of that, I found myself stuck in a bit of a food rut.  Terrified of gaining weight again, I’d basically been eating the same foods I’d eaten during my weight loss process.  But having gained a few pounds in the last 6 months, I found that even following that routine, my weight wasn’t budging.

So I said, “Sure.  I’d love to learn about that.”

Now, my friend is an Arbonne consultant and the program recommends using Arbonne supplements.  But before you tune me out, let me just say, regardless of your feelings about Arbonne, supplementation, and the like, what I learned about clean eating was worth the money for the starter kit.  And no, this is not a post about Arbonne.  I just want to tell you about my adventure into clean eating.

So the challenge consists of 30 days of no sugar, no dairy, no peanuts, no wheat, gluten or soy.  And the only fruit I was supposed to eat was green apples and berries.  Yeah.  When I looked at that, I asked myself the same question I heard from a gazillion people who heard what I was doing:  “What do you eat?”

I mean seriously, what was I going to eat?  I usually had yogurt and peanut butter every day.  Seriously, every day.  And I often ate whole wheat tortillas and bananas.  Would I be able to run without a banana to fuel me?  And no chocolate covered almonds?  I could almost feel myself twitching at the thought.  But I was also intrigued.  Could one eat tasty food that eliminated so many products?

In a word, YES!  If you think about it, really all the program did was eliminate highly processed foods.  The basis of clean eating is eating foods that are as close to the way God created them as possible–cage free eggs, grass-fed beef, organic fruits and vegetables, brown rice, nuts (aside from peanuts).  It emphasizes the quality of the food.

And the idea behind eliminating certain foods is to help identify how your body reacts to them.  The program is commonly referred to as a “detox”.  Now, I tend to think that if your liver and kidneys are in good working order, the body naturally detoxifies itself, but I was intrigued by the idea that some of these highly processed foods may be affecting me without my knowledge.  I wondered what would happen if I eliminated them.

Thankfully, the program provided recipes.  So I would pick one or two dishes to make for the week, buy the groceries for those meals, and choose one day to meal prep (which usually took about 1 hour).  These are some of the things I ate:

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003Grilled salmon, cilantro lime quinoa, salad with homemade ranch dressing (it’s amazing what you can do with cashews!)

 

 

 

 

002Blackened chicken with a spinach and raw veggie/black bean salad

 

 

 

 

 

And these are just SOME of my meals!  I learned about cooking with fresh herbs, combining spices to make the most delicious flavorings for salmon and chicken, the wonder of fresh lemons and limes.  I discovered a whole new way of cooking!

But the bottom line, as I’m sure you’re dying to know, did I lose weight?

Let me tell you what the challenge did for me:

  1.  I lost 4.4 pounds.  It doesn’t sound like much, but at my size losing anything over about a half pound per week is a LOT of weight.  And I lost a little over a pound a week without trying.  I ate good food, and I ate when I was hungry and until I was full.
  2. I lost an inch around my waist at my bellybutton, 4 inches (I know!  Couldn’t believe it!) around my lower belly where that stubborn fat roll just wouldn’t budge, and an inch off my hips.
  3. I went from having nearly daily headaches requiring some kind of pain aid to 2 headaches in the entire 4 weeks.
  4. I lost that sluggish feeling that I thought was just normal for a night shift worker.  I still feel tired frequently because my sleep schedule is totally out of whack, but even when I’m tired I don’t have that brain fog going on.  Anyone know what I mean?  And I’m finding I have more energy overnight at work.
  5. Nearly all my sugar cravings are gone.  I thought I would have a hard time with giving up sugar, but I felt so satisfied with the food I was eating, I didn’t really miss it.  A couple of times I had a rather strong chocolate craving, but I felt way more in control and was able to resist the temptation.

So now the challenge is over, and I have to decide what to do.  Will I incorporate those eliminated foods back in or not?  There’s a part of me that doesn’t want to because I feel amazing, but I also want to be able to eat with my friends and not stress out about what I’m eating.  I think I’ll probably wind up doing what most people do after the challenge–follow clean eating habits at least 80% of the time.

I’m excited to continue to incorporate this new way of eating/cooking into my life!  I’m experimenting with baking with almond and coconut flour, and I can’t wait to try arrowroot.  I’m also anxious to pull out my favorite recipes and see how I can “clean” them up.  Eating has become an adventure, and I’m loving the ride!

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Global Running Day and The Big Run

Yesterday was Global Running Day.  It’s a day meant to celebrate the joys of running.  And what’s so cool is that anyone can participate.  The inclusiveness of running is something I really love about the sport.  Whether you run like a herd of turtles through peanut butter (I borrowed that from a T-shirt I saw) or you run like the speed of sound, if you run, you’re a runner, and Global Running Day is all about doing what we love to do.

And thinking about Global Running Day just gives me warm fuzzies.  I mean, how cool is it to share something with people from every country of the world?  It makes the world a smaller, more friendly place to think of people around the world lacing up their shoes and heading out the door, all on the same day for the same reason.

In celebration of Global Running Day, my favorite local running store, Fleet Feet, hosted The Big Run last night.  It was a locally run 5K that was also run nationally.  So essentially runners from around the nation competed against each other.  So fun!

It was the first running of this 5K, so I was happy to be able to participate in it.  And it was held on the Riverwalk, a walking/running/biking trail along the Arkansas River, one of my favorite places to run.041

 

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This was a much smaller race than other races I’ve participated in, but there was the usual pre-race socializing, complete with the Fleet Feet shoe. 044And the obligatory row of porta-potties.043Finally it was time for the race to begin, and off we went on this historic run!  I knew from the start this was going to be a tough race for me.  It was something like 80 degrees F, which always slows me down, and my legs were really tight and sore from CrossFit.  Right around the halfway mark, I had to walk for a bit, and from then on, it was run/walk the rest of the way.  Needless to say, I finished in a disappointing 30 minutes 39 seconds, the worst 5K time I’ve had in probably 2 years.  I placed a disappointing 6th out of 29 in my age division.

But as I was talking to one of the Fleet Feet coaches later about my miserable 5K time, he said, “Well, you can’t have the good races without the bad ones.”  And he’s right.  How will I know when I have a good race if I don’t have a bad one now and then?

So I just enjoyed the atmosphere and the post-race party, complete with band, pizza and beer (none for me, thank you!).051There’s always a next time, and if there’s one thing that disappointing races do, it’s to motivate me to work hard so it won’t happen again.

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To Sticker or Not to Sticker?

Following the Route 66 marathon, my second, last November, this happened:IMG_1576Yes, I became one of those obnoxious people with a 26.2 sticker on the car window.

I was going into work a few nights ago.  I have to cross an air bridge from the parking garage to the hospital, and parts of it are frigid.  Seriously, the air blasting out of the vents is like Jack Frost breathing on you.  (Remember, that Santa Clause movie where Jack Frost freezes everyone with his breath?)  So I walk fast, partly because I’m freezing my tushy off but also because I just naturally walk kind of fast.

Anywho, I came upon another nurse going to work.  He made the remark, “I’m going to get out of your way.  I saw you get out of that car with 26.2 on it!”

I just laughed, and said, “That doesn’t mean I can run fast!”

But that brief exchange has stuck with me and has made me think a lot about why I put a 26.2 sticker on my car.  Is it making other people feel I’m superior to them?  Does it seem like I’m bragging?  Am I sending a message that I belong to some exclusive club?

That certainly was not my intention, but I began to feel rather self-conscious about the sticker on my car.

But it got me thinking about why marathoners put stickers on their cars, and I have to say I think it’s the same reason people put any kind of sticker on their cars.  I’ve seen cars pulling into the garage ahead of me with some “RN” or nursing related themed bumper sticker.  I see the stickers of families, where there’s a sticker for Mom, Dad, big brother, little sister, and the dog.  I see political stickers from both Republican and Democratic supporters.  I see stickers about Jesus, guns, a child who made the honor roll, and some with no real cause except to make you chuckle.

But the one thing all those stickers have in common is that they represent what’s important to those who drive the car.  They let us know who you are.  I think bumper stickers are a way of connecting with our fellow humans.  They tell stories of accomplishments and hint at beliefs and passions.

So I’m not going to feel bad about a 26.2 sticker on my car.  Running is an important part of my life, and running a marathon is a big achievement, something I’m proud of, and something that changed me.  It’s a part of who I am now, and that’s what my 26.2 sticker means to me.

Besides I don’t think that thing would come off if I wanted it to!

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Jump Rope Challenge, Final Week

So you may remember that I challenged myself to conquer double-unders by the end of May with daily jump rope practice.  Well, here we are at the end of May, and I have to admit, I failed miserably at this challenge.  I was not at all consistent with practicing, so needless to say, I’m still working on double-unders.  But I am improving!

I took my rope outside today for a final practice.  This is what happened:

I was fairly consistent with hitting a double with every other jump, but I really wanted to get a string of doubles before calling it quits today.  We had quite a few days of double-under practice in CrossFit this month, and during the last few sessions I was able to get 3-5 consecutive double-unders.  So I took a deep breath and tried again.

See the frustration?  I hit a couple doubles in a row, and one run of 4, but then it was miss after miss.  So frustrating.  So I took a break and pulled some weeds from places they shouldn’t be.011Feeling sufficiently rested and quite determined, I decided to give it one more shot.  (I’m a pretty stubborn gal!)

Boo.  Hiss.  No better.  So frustrating.  But I can only blame myself for not practicing regularly.  So I’ll keep working at it.  I think 15 minutes a day was a bit daunting, so I’m going to continue my quest for double-unders throughout June, with a goal of 15 minutes a week.  Maybe that’s 5 minutes on 3 different days or one 15 minute session, but hopefully regular practice will finally get me those double-unders!

So what’s the moral of the story?  Don’t give up!  Whatever your goal is, whether it’s weight loss or mastering a new skill, don’t give up!  Keep working at it.  Even if you’re not as consistent as you want to be, keep plugging along.  Even with my lack of consistency, I was able to at least hit 3 or 4 consecutive double-unders a few times, a record for me!  Let’s see where another month gets us.

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What’s Next?

It’s a question I’ve been getting a lot lately as I’ve finished up the fitness and health trainer course I enrolled in last fall.  The answer to the question scares me a bit.  I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately, though, which is part of the reason I’ve been neglecting the blog a bit.

If you follow me on Facebook at all, you know that this happened last week:IMG_1583I passed the National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer exam!  That allows me to call myself a certified personal trainer.  Yikes!  Somehow the title implies some level of expertise, but I feel like I still have so much to learn.

But back to the question.  What’s next?

I’ve shied away from talking a lot about what I hope to do as a certified personal trainer, but the course is done.  I’ve passed my certification exam.  Now is the time.  Am I going to do something with it?  Am I going to allow the vision that propelled me in this direction to begin with come to fruition?  Or am I going to shrink in fear that I might fall flat on my face?

So I’m just going to bite the bullet, put all my dreams out there, and see what happens.  If I fall flat on my face, well…I fall flat on my face.  At least I will have tried.

Losing 63 pounds and finding so much life in being fit and healthy ignited a passion in me.  There aren’t many things I can say I’m truly passionate about, but health and fitness are true passions.  I could read and talk about it day and night and never get bored with it.  But in my job as a nurse, I encounter people every. single. day. who are my age or younger losing body parts because of diabetes, taking medication for high blood pressure, having trouble breathing, and all largely related to obesity.  It gnaws at me.  And it frustrates me to feel like the most I can do at this point is help them manage their diseases.

I don’t want to just treat diabetes and high blood pressure.  I want to prevent it.  My own journey to health and losing aches and pains I thought I’d be saddled with for the rest of my life was an eye opener, and I began to think, “What if I could help people lose weight before disease sets in?”

And this vision of becoming a personal trainer was born.

I remember how uncomfortable I used to be going to the gym, stuffed into my workout clothes, feeling like everyone, especially that super toned guy with the bulging biceps, was noticing my every fat roll.  And I’ve talked to enough women to know that many experience similar feelings.

So what I hope to do with my CPT certification is mobile training, going to those who are at risk for developing chronic disease because of their weight, working with them in an environment where they feel comfortable, and walking them down the road to health.

But making that a reality involves thinking through a lot of details and logistics.  I have no idea how to set up a business, and I’m sure issues will come up that I’ve never even thought of.  But what a grand adventure!

I’m excited for the next step.  Scared spitless, but excited!  So follow along with me as I figure out this whole certified personal trainer gig and how to start and run a mobile training business (Geez Louise, I guess saying it means I really have to do it, uh?!).

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