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!
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 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!
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!
Bring on the water!
Also, kinda got off of my running so..
Bring on the running, as well!
So, hopefully, I can get back on track.. lose that water that is hanging on, get running, and get my tush back into routine!
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: recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai
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!
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 is moving again!
Not only am I losing weight, it is FAT I am losing! 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...
I have lifted different muscle groups Saturday through Wednesday everyday.
I have been trying to win a sister challenge where I have to do 60 minutes each day!
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.
-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!
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? 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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