Monday, June 16, 2014
I got quite the surprise in my lunch today. I am on midnight shift this week and predictably, I felt myself starting to sink into a slump. It happens every time I rotate to night shift. The feelings of isolation and sleep deprivation all begin to take their toll and it can be quite overwhelming. When I was getting ready for my second 12hr shift, I found a note from my oldest daughter. It wasn't fancy, just a simple note telling me how much she loved and appreciated me and how she wanted to take me out for dinner once I get off nights. She even bought me a Subway with her own money.
It is amazing how something so simple can turn things around for a guy. I can't remember the last time I have gotten a simple note of appreciation in my lunch. I wrapped it up and stuck it in my pocket so when I start feeling down, I can pull it out and read it all over again.
I don't talk much about what I do here on Spark because I try to be upbeat and fitness oriented in my posts. After bouncing around doing various jobs I finally got one of the best jobs in the area. It's union, pays very well, and my family no longer goes without. Unfortunately, that kind of freedom also comes with a price tag. I have given up a normal life in order to provide. Life as a miner is filled with good times for sure but it is also filled with mud, mosquitoes, -30 windchills, grease, high voltage, heights, depths, and hazards that will send you home in a body bag if you are careless. Then there are the missed life-moments. Lots of them. There isn't a price that can match missed birthdays, parties, and moments with friends.
I listen to the stories of what happened at various events, eat leftovers, and fight pangs of jealousy as I read the Facebook posts of people with normal lives as they talk about the things they are doing on the weekend.... As I read them at 3am sitting in a truck waiting for a call out. Weekend? What's that?
While not wanting to be sour grapes, that does accurately describe a big chunk of my life.
Then I look at what my personal sacrifices bring for my family and I realize that it's worth it. I'm human and can fall prey to feeling sorry for myself, then I get a note like that and it makes it all better.
I work hard, I sacrifice, I press on, and I never give up because I am a dad.
I wouldn't have it any other way.
Love is strong.
Friday, May 09, 2014
Up on the wall with my running coach and weight management certifications :)
Just a quick note for my SP friends that I finished my Kettlebell certification. I finished my goal way ahead of schedule which leaves me time this year for the big push to finish my CPT. While I'm not ready to start training clients one on one, this puts me in a good position. I first want to get the couch to 5k program off the ground (kick off presentation is on the 12th) and I need to develop training programs for 3 clients that I will be training one on one for upcoming endurance events.
After they get underway, I am going to be putting a basic intro to kettlebells program that will guide the novice through safely executing basic lifts such as the 1 and 2 handed swing, the clean, press, push press, dead lifts and go let squats, then on to the half and full snatch and jerks.
Got big goals this year. If I can get my CPT out of the way, I really want to get my ACE Health Coach. What I really want to do ultimately is design an exercise program centered on motivation and weight loss that incorporates effective one on one training, education, and accountability. The whole purpose is to get people through the rough patches of the first year of lifestyle change.
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