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Cloud Nine

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

As graduation is getting closer, I feel like my life is coming together.

Currently, I work at the Y and am coming up on working there for a year. Honestly, I love it! Apparently, it shows as well because I do a good job and my boss has been noticing. This week my boss, Shelley, has been giving me more responsibilities. This is good and bad.

In addition to having more responsibilities, a staff supervisor approached me about leading a group run in the future.

A few months back, I introduced the idea of having a beginner's 5K program for members to my boss. They tested it out. Apparently, it went well because it sounds like we are now going to have a program for training at all levels - 5K to marathon. A staff supervisor approached me about leading the group for 5K runners! How exciting!

This wouldn't happen for a while but this would be a great step for me! In the future, I want to be a running coach.

While discussing with the staff supervisor about leading the 5K beginner's group, I explained that I was leading the 2nd half of the group fitness the next day. I could see the wheels turning in her head. They used to have a step aerobics class but we no longer have one. You see, she is the Group Fitness Director.

Right now, I feel like it would be awesome to be a personal trainer/group fitness instructor. It's weird because it is like it was just meant to be.

If I didn't have go through this journey, I wouldn't have this passion for fitness and helping others change their lifestyles. I would still would have had a passion to help people but I felt like I would have been lost. But, I got to experience this journey and changing my life for the better. It is something I cannot regret and don't want to take back. I guess sometimes you have you be in a bad place to find something amazing.

Besides this future running lead opportunity, I taught the 2nd half of step aerobics for my group fitness course. Even through I do not like attending group fitness, I had alot of fun leading the class at step aerobics. Next semester, I am required to take a practicum where I put the skills to use. My major has a few majors within it as many do.

With that said, each practicum lab has a lab which is catered more towards a specific major. For example, my major is Exercise Science so the two labs that make the most sense for me is the one I assess the students in the required health class or leading the group fitness group. My professor put me in the group fitness class! emoticon

So, basically, next semester I will get paid to run, and I get to work out for my course work. Oh, yeah, I am taking track and field next semester. I better get this butt emoticon if I am going to be ready for it next semester, lol!

With the possible opportunities in my life right now, I feel blessed to have this journey and like life is gelling together. Right now, as long as the stars align themselves, I wouldn't mind being a personal trainer/group fitness instructor. Later on, I might want to do something else, but for now, this is what I want.

I might just be on Cloud Nine!

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FUNFROG79 11/10/2011 11:39AM

    WOw! Fantastic!

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DEESFIT4LIFE 11/10/2011 11:38AM

    emoticon emoticon I am so proud of you and so happy for you! This is all coming together perfectly and I can't wait to hear how you do on this new journey you are embarking on. You are amazing and I'm sure you will rock this like you already are!

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JENN26POINT2 11/10/2011 11:18AM

    WOW! What a great opportunity you have been given! You are doing what I think would be most enjoyable for me as well. I'm envious and so happy for you at the same time! have fun!

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MYLADY4 11/10/2011 10:41AM

    AWESOME!!! I think that you have found your calling.

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MICRAELIE 11/10/2011 8:53AM

    I am so happy (and just a little envious!) that you have found a path that feels right to you . . . and which will support you! Congratulations! You would definitely be the kind of coach I would want because, as you said, you've lived this path and will be able to offer not only a wealth of experience, but also empathy to your clients. Good for you!


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JOAN_HEO 11/10/2011 8:15AM

    I'm so happy for you, Savannah! I can't believe how far you have come in the short time I've "known" you! It has been a privilege and an honor! emoticon

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STITCHERFRIEND 11/10/2011 5:02AM

    Awesome! It's great to do what you love. Makes work turn into fun and the bonus is getting paid for it.

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LISAINMS 11/9/2011 10:22PM

    Wow, great opportunities for you! You better get out there and get your run on!!

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GETFIT2LIVE 11/9/2011 9:45PM

    It's wonderful how things are coming together--I am excited for you, you'll do GREAT at leading that 5K group and in the group fitness class both. WOO HOO!!

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Countless Calories... a whole new definition!

Monday, November 07, 2011

This weekend I went home and it was nice and relaxing. I didn't realize how drama filled my college life was until I went home and didn't have to deal with it for a few days.

Anyhow, I did end up eating like calories didn't count. My mom made soup on Saturday night and I gained 5# overnight. In fact, Saturday morning I weighed 156 and on Sunday morning 162 and today 165. Okay, I know I had way too many cookies but NOT that many. There are 3500 calories in a pound so to gain that kind of weight, I would have had to eat 31,500 calories in excess.

Now that WOULD be overeating!

Also, I went for a walk on Saturday and Sunday. Walks don't burns TONS of calories but they DO burn calories... there is no way I gained that much weight.

So... you know what that means!

Sodium/water retention!

Bring on the water! emoticon

Also, kinda got off of my running so..

Bring on the running, as well! emoticon

So, hopefully, I can get back on track.. lose that water that is hanging on, get running, and get my tush back into routine!

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PATRICIAANN46 11/8/2011 8:18PM

  Hi Savannah........
Luckily you KNOW what to do to get rid of the added water weight. You will be fine. Glad to hear you had fun at home and had a chance to relax. Getting away from the drama helps to cope with it when you are rested.
Take Care........

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FUNFROG79 11/7/2011 4:54PM

    I hear ya on the water! Glad you had a good weekend!

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FLGIRL1234 11/7/2011 3:35PM

    Usually the salt in soup can make you blow up like a balloon. I hate that. I'm sure you'll be back to normal shortly. :)

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JENN26POINT2 11/7/2011 3:28PM

    My scale was up 3 lbs this morning too... crappy water weight from a mindless weekend. I have GOT to get my weekends under control.

I'm glad you had a good weekend!

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LISAINMS 11/7/2011 12:01PM

    It's amazing how a little change to your food will throw off everything. No, you didn't "gain" that weight, but it is rather shocking to see that on the scale when it happens. I have to go through that same thought process to bring myself down off the ledge. "You didn't eat a 30,000 excess of calories. It's just sodium. It will go away in a few days." Glad you recognize that and you are not freaking out! It's nice to get a break from the usual, but sheesh... do we have to pay for it in mental anguish?!?

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Coach Nicole's Chewy Oat & Nut Granola Bars

Monday, October 31, 2011

I usually do not blog about recipes but this one I had to! I LOVE THEM! They are so good! Even better than that, they were rather cheap, easy, and fast! I would definitely check them out if you had kids or if you are in college!

Check it out:

Tonight, I altered the recipe with just quick oats, sunflower seeds, coconut, coconut milk, almonds, chocolate chips, butter, honey, and fake syrup.

In the future, I might add raisens, peanut butter and add more oatmeal. YUM! emoticon

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FUNFROG79 11/1/2011 11:08AM


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WooHoo! I am under 158!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

For months, I guess you could say I was chilling on a plateau. It wasn't a huge concern for me. I basically floated around 160. In fact, since July, I haven't even been close to 158. Today, I weighed in 157.8. I think the emoticon is moving again!

Not only am I losing weight, it is FAT I am losing! emoticon How do I know? I did a InBody 230 scan where they can accurately tell me how much muscle vs. fat I have on my body! My muscle maintained while losing three pounds of fat since last time I did it! WIN!

A few factors have played into this change...

emoticon I have lifted different muscle groups Saturday through Wednesday everyday.

emoticon I have been trying to win a sister challenge where I have to do 60 minutes each day!

emoticon I have been trying to have quality workouts. This means focusing on working hard so I DO get sweaty!

Today was the first day that I was excited that I lost weight in a LONG time so I am not caring (right now) about my measurements/photos not showing a change. Usually I do not care much about losing weight and am like, "Oh, who cares." In fact, for a period of time, I felt more energized when running a new distance or time.

This week, I talked to my counselor about my body image and how I want to love ME.

She said two things.

1. I should try to focus on intrinsic feedback rather extrinsic. For those that do not know, intrinsic is how I feel and extrinsic would be external factors like any sort of measurement (i.e.: scale, tape measure, clothing). Honestly, I am not sure if I know how to enjoy intrinsic feedback because I have been measuring for so long extrinsically.

2. My assignment this week is to write a letter to the 260 me mentioning what she did for me and what I learned from her. I will probably write it in a blog in the next week so look for that!

With this said, I think I have some simple goals for November.

-Mediate weekly
-Attend 2 spin classes in November
-Gain 1# of muscle through lifting three times a week
-Try new recipes/snacks (Got any you want to pass on?)

Time to hit the books! emoticon

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FUNFROG79 10/31/2011 3:05PM

    Wow, way to go! All that hard work and determination is paying off!

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1CRAZYDOG 10/31/2011 9:03AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Soooo proud of you! You have an excellent plan. Good luck with looking inward for your kudos vs. relying on the outside sources. The ones INSIDE mean sooooo much more, actually!

Good solid plan, and I know you can do it. Woot!!

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PATRICIAANN46 10/30/2011 4:37PM

  Hi Savannah.......
emoticon!!!!! Have you kept a journal throughout your weight-loss/Lifestyle Change? If you have, did you write it from both a mental and physical viewpoint? This would be a great book for anyone attempting the journey that you took and as a future Physical Trainer, you could have your clients read it. There is nothing better than hearing the suggestions from someone who has actually been there.
Just a thought..........
If you like Quiches, there is a great recipe right here on Spark.
Crustless, Spinach, Onion and Feta Quiche.

Comment edited on: 10/30/2011 4:41:42 PM

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LISAINMS 10/30/2011 4:09PM

    That's great, Savannah! Fat loss is what we're looking for so keep up the good work!!

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STRIPEDTIGER 10/30/2011 3:41PM

    Way to go and I like your plan!!

As for recipes. . .I've put a VERY yummy broccoli cheddar soup recipe that is low calorie on SparkRecipes.

Michelle's Lite Broccoli Cheddar.

The new Hidden Valley vegetable seasonings a VERY yummy!!

I'm rooting for you!!

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CIVIAV 10/30/2011 1:57PM

    Atta gal!

Healthy Moussaka is great and on the site...

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MYLADY4 10/30/2011 1:19PM


That is my goal is to do more ST. Trying to focus on the intrinsic instead of the extrensic is a really HARD challenge. Especially in this visually driven world.

What kind of recipe's are you looking for? Low fat, low carb, high protein, basic balanced. If you like to prepare a food one day and eat in the rest of the week for lunch I have some good ones.

Good luck on the goals.

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Body Image... Mine namely!

Monday, October 24, 2011

When I started this journey, I wanted to feel better about me. Basically, I wanted a better body image. Truth to be told, it doesn't matter if I am 160 or 260 if I am unhappy with how I look. I realize even through I have sexy calves, more defined arms, and higher confidence, I still hate my tummy with a passion.

Whoa! What? Hating myself? After all I have done? emoticon It seems just wrong, doesn't it?

Than, this morning I was thinking.. yes.. I don't like how my tummy seems to resemble jello but with wrinkly stress marks. I know, not pretty or sexy. But, that's the thing. I shouldn't be ashamed or feel down about my unsexy stretch marks. Like a mother with stretch marks, they are one unsightly thing I get for a beautiful thing. Instead of a child, I got a journey to get to know me and how to live a healthier life.

So, no, I probably will not ever be able to wear a bikini on the beach. Like like phoenix tattoo, it is a reminder who I was before and how I do not want to go back to that place.

I need to learn how to accept and love myself. Eventually, I hope to get there.. just like get to the big goal of losing 100 pounds!

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JENN26POINT2 11/7/2011 3:35PM

    Learning to accept ourselves is soooo hard, especially when we're slapped in the face every day with models in magazine, chicks on tv, etc. I always told a friend that I didn't care if I weighed 200 lbs as long as I was happy with my fitness... um... yeah, not so true.

I have stretch marks from having babies, on my tummy, my thighs, my breasts and my underarms. Some days I'm intrigued by them and other days disgusted, but I really do spend more time relishing their meaning than hating them. I'll never have a bikini tummy b/c of the pregnancies, but is that going to stop me from wearing one?? HELL NO! My hubby will think I'm sexy regardless of the stretch marks and hopefully I will too. :)

I hope you're able to find a way to not hate your body. I think we're all working on that task, so you're not alone.

Have a nice day.

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PATRICIAANN46 10/27/2011 7:50PM

  Hi Savannah........
What a great way to think of your tummy!!!!! An honor badge..........I love it.

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EJOY-EVELYN 10/25/2011 12:26AM

    I believe there will always be something that needs improvement in our lives, whether it be our body or the people or things we have in our life. Before we gained weight, there was probably something about our particular shape we just didn't like. For example, I've observed that while "apple" shaped people have more unhealthy fat around the belly, "pear" shaped people seem to have more self-esteem issues. I don't think my own apple shape will ever lose that extra fat around the belly: but I try to not let it get the best of me, and yes, those days where I feel a bit pudgy do have a negative impact on me and I need to stay away from the mirrors. We seem to be a little too good at getting worked into a snit over things that our brains tell us really are not that important, yet we can't help but let the world influence what we want to see through television and magazines.

Fix one area in your home and before you know it, another area needs attention. May we find ways to fill our minds with the thoughts that bring us back into what's really important. If you find the answer to this dilemma, let me know. In the meantime, good luck with making the adjustment.

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DIEHL79 10/24/2011 8:45PM

    I''m there with ya. My tummy is starting to resemble a deflated stripped balloon. Great attitude about the tummy though!

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