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Update on Internship Opportunity

Friday, November 18, 2011

Yesterday, I blogged about an exciting internship opportunity with the Y, I am employed with. Everyone was excited.. my boss, another supervisor, Tara, me... until I talked to my advisor about it. Apparently, I have to have all my coursework done, no ifs, ands, buts. No way around it.. I cannot swap the two semesters.

Mind you, this is the same advisor that doesn't think I should apply to Cooper Institute in Texas. Cooper is one of the founding fathers of Exercise Science but he doesn't think I should apply. Um, why not?! Shoot for the stars, land on the moon?

Man, I feel so disappointed..

On the positive side, Tara, the supervisor, said I could probably do it anyhow. Meaning, I will be a paid running coach so that's exciting. It also sounds like I can do the same type of internship in the Fall 2012 if the program works out.

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FUNFROG79 11/19/2011 5:30PM

    You gotta reach for the moon!

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MYLADY4 11/19/2011 1:07PM

    At least you were not totally shot down. Hopefully it works out soon.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 11/19/2011 11:22AM

    It really looks to me like you can do ANYthing you choose to do! That is one thing I've learned with Spark, and that is CONFIDENCE! You CAN do it, Savannah! emoticon emoticon

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PATRICIAANN46 11/18/2011 9:24PM

  Hi Savannah.........
Look what you have accomplished by listening to what is best FOR you BY you. Keep on doing what you think is the best thing for you. It is wise to get advise from the University, but I would get a second opinion and then sit down with yourself and decide what YOU can handle and what works best for YOU.
I wish you the best.

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EJOY-EVELYN 11/18/2011 6:00PM

    Sorry it didn't work as you wanted. I would think there must be good rationale on your advisor's part. Did you ask for clarification? I ask only because this is apparently quite important to you and you really should understand where this person is coming from.

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STRIPEDTIGER 11/18/2011 5:01PM

    Don't let anyone tell you no!! There are other places to do internships.

Sit down and decide what you MUST have and what you can work with. Don't throw away an opportunity because it isn't completely ideal. Think outside the box.

Good luck to you!!

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CALIFGOLFER 11/18/2011 3:36PM

    It's your career, take control in the same way you are taking control of your health weight and fitness.

There will always be "helpful" advisors to throw cold water..... what do YOU want to do???????? emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 11/18/2011 1:53PM

    If you think Coopers Instute would give you the experience and knowledge you want/need, then for sure . . . go for it!!!!

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CIVIAV 11/18/2011 1:36PM

    And if it is as promising as you think then you will be creating a long term direction for yourself. Yippee!

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A Great Day!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

WOW! What a day!

Yesterday, I started looking for an internship and announced it to the world on Facebook. A supervisor from work is on my supervisor and she replied with "I know of a place and a staff that would love to have you. No pressure ;)"

Today before I even got to punch in, she suggested we talk private. We talked about an internship with the Y that I have working at for the last year.

Basically, I would help plan, and implement a running program for people wanting to running a 5K, half marathon or full marathon. I would be working with two personal trainers who are experienced runners which could be a great learning experience. In addition to that, I would help with Y events such as the Couch Potato Triathlon (April) and 5K Run/Walk (June) which is put on by the Y!

The drawback is that I am supposed to do my internship in Fall 2012 but tomorrow I am going to see if I can speak with my advisor about switching it to Spring 2012 than finishing my classes the following semester. I really want to do this.. even if my advisor doesn't let me, I am thinking the Y might pay me. Apparently, they have had me in mind from the get go!

This is a great opportunity which align with my personal and professional goals.

Besides being tackled with this at work, a co-worker brought me a mocha cappuccino and later on gave me new jeans!

Oh! Also, I am going to the movies with a friend and he is paying for ME!

And.. a different guy asked me for my number.

My head is still spinning with all this goodness.. emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 11/18/2011 8:17PM

    Awesome day!!

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EJOY-EVELYN 11/18/2011 5:57PM

    Great news indeed! Hope it all works out for you.

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LISAINMS 11/18/2011 12:41PM

    Wow!! Lots of great stuff in this blog!

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THE-MORE-GIRL 11/18/2011 12:41PM

    Wow, awesome!

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CIVIAV 11/18/2011 12:24PM


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BAILEYS7OF9 11/18/2011 11:16AM

    Hey that's great! And I see you have a new photo, have to go check that out!

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MYLADY4 11/18/2011 10:03AM

    WHOOOHOOO, you go girl!!!!!

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A Good Run!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

In the last few weeks, I have fell off the emoticon wagon. With my staff supervisor approaching me about the possibility of leading the 5K running group in the near future, I knew I had to get on back to running!

Part of my issue has been if I miss a run on Tuesday I feel like I cannot run on Wednesday because of the planned Thursday's run. Anywho, I decide it is okay for ME to run two days in a row. I plan to be very tentative to my body!

Anyhow, today I went running OUTSIDE! It was in the 50s and that is beautiful weather for November in Wisconsin! emoticon The first mile or so, I didn't even use my Ipod but rather just enjoyed emoticon. It was wondering. Than, a Y member pulled up next to me and was joking with me. He drove off. Eventually, I knew I had to turn around but I kept pushing it.

When I was almost to the end of the road, I felt my pace pick up. That's what I love about running outside. You can pick up or slow down with out adjust the ground below you (i.e.: the treadmill) or worry about others noticing. You see, I felt like I was trucking so I thought so until another runner breezed by me. Okay, maybe, I wasn't running 8 min/pace but I still felt I was "fast".

In the end, I did 4.56 miles in around a hour! emoticon

Now, out to eat for chinese... yum, yum! emoticon

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FUNFROG79 11/14/2011 9:36AM

    Fantastic! You are so motivational! You look amazing in your profile pic, you should be proud!

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EJOY-EVELYN 11/14/2011 12:14AM

    WooHoo! Glad you enjoyed the beautiful Wisconsin day! Love that sunshine. You've got a great Fall spirit!

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CIVIAV 11/13/2011 3:07PM

    Had one myself yesterday and it was heavenly. Something about the change of weather that's giving me fits about running. Gotta stay on track so we can eat Chinese food!

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ROOT4HOME 11/12/2011 10:36PM

    Love those awesome feeling "fast" runs!!! WTG!!!! emoticon

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PATRICIAANN46 11/12/2011 10:35PM

  Hi Savannah........
Running in 50 to 58 degree weather is supposed to be the optimum temperature for runners so you chose a great day.
I love to read how fast and far you have run and then you say,"Now out to eat for Chinese......yum, yum." You are so balanced. I love it.

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LISAINMS 11/12/2011 5:46PM

Amazing how a beautiful day can be so inspiring for a run. Glad you got out there and enjoyed it!

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MYLADY4 11/12/2011 4:45PM

    That's awesome. It was a WONDERFUL day for a late fall run. Im so going to miss it. I just cannot run outside when it is 10 degrees with 2 feet of snow on the ground. That is just not fun.

I did a long run too. It could have been a little less windy but I will take it.

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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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