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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An Interview with My Favorite 4-year Old Runner

My niece Candice was born with hearing loss, but seriously, unless you saw her hearing aids, you’d never know she had a hearing problem, thanks to Happy Hands.

Happy Hands is this super cool preschool and kindergarten for kids with hearing loss or communication disorders.  The kids learn to sign, along with all the other things preschoolers have to learn.

Candice has been going to Happy Hands for a few years now, and I am just amazed at the progress that kiddo has made.  Her speech is right on par for a 4-year old and her hands are so expressive when she signs.  She blows my mind.  Well, all my nieces and nephews blow my mind for that matter.  Seriously, how did I get the privilege of being Aunt Nita to such great kiddos?

But back to Happy Hands…I am so grateful for everyone who makes that school function, from office staff to teachers and everyone in between.  Every year the school does a fun run as a fundraiser.  You may remember that I attended last year as well.  I can see myself attending this fun run for a lot of years to come.

The run itself is set up in the parking lot of the school.  Cones divide the space and arrows chalked on the pavement point the direction to run.  I love this starting line!071And there are all kinds of fun characters that attend.  Candice was totally enamored with Jimmy’s Egg, or the big marshmallow as one cutie pie called him!079The police and fire department also came.  I love this look on Candice’s face as she waits with anticipation to see the fire truck.

070At the end of the run, I “interviewed” Candice.

Isn’t she just the cutest thing ever?!  She is definitely my favorite 4-year old runner!  Here’s to lots of years of “running super fast!”

I love when the things I’m passionate about collide, and this Happy Hands fun run fundraiser does just that.  It takes running and turns it into an avenue to support on organization that is helping my sweet niece find her way in a big world.  If you’re looking for a worthwhile organization to support, check out Happy Hands.

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Week 1 Jump Rope Challenge

Well, week 1 of my jump rope challenge was a big, fat goose egg.  I jumped one day.  One lousy day!  Fifteen minutes!  What?!  I’m not going to meet my goal like that, but life happens and that’s how it went.

Monday night, bleary eyed from a night shift that ended that morning, I got myself out on my patio, determined to get in my fifteen minutes of jumping.  Fifteen minutes of jumping doesn’t sound like much, but it’s such high intensity exercise that it wears me out quickly.  That quarter-hour felt like an eternity.  I had to actually pause my timer and take a water break for 1-2 minutes.

I had good intentions of keeping up my jumping, but I’m not sure what happened.  I had a couple of tough CrossFit workouts (Well, let’s face it.  I’ve never done a CrossFit workout that wasn’t tough.) that made me pretty sore, and truthfully I just lost my motivation for jumping rope.

But, today’s WOD had double unders again.  Coming home with red jump rope bites on my arm has renewed my determination to get back at it.

Anywho, here’s how last week’s jump rope session went.  My goal was to jump 200 times consecutively without missing the rope.  Over and over, I’d make it to around 150 jumps and miss.  I won’t lie.  I might have said some curse words.  Finally, I was down to the last few minutes of my session and this happened:

So I hit my goal for that first session with 200 unbroken singles.  My goal for this week is to work on jumping higher and twirling the rope faster. I’ll let you know how that goes (wink).

Here’s to whatever your fitness goals are!  Let’s do this!

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How do you keep yourself motivated to do hard things?

What’s a goal you met recently? (Hey, even if your goal was to eat a salad one time during the week, I’d love to hear about that!)