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Cookie Weekend

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Just got back from cookie weekend. It was emotional draining so I am not feeling so "sparking" right now. In fact, even through I ate like 10 cookies today, I should work out but I don't know if I will.

So, all I am going to do is show you the quilt of my old shirts - from college years, races, and trips - that my Grandma made me!

Now, I think I may sleep off this sugar high...

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 12/17/2011 10:19AM

    WOW! Now, THAT is a neat blanket! emoticon

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EJOY-EVELYN 12/12/2011 7:10PM

    I love your grandmama ... How cool is that! I picked one meaningful dress that represented each one of us three kids and hope to turn these three dresses into three quilts. However I have yet to join my church's quilting group and have put this on a five year plan (four years to go).

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LISAINMS 12/12/2011 12:03PM

    Love the quilt! It's a great reminder of where you have been.

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MYLADY4 12/12/2011 11:47AM

    That quilt is AWESOME. That is what I am planning on doing with all of my race t-shirts.

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JDB50177 12/12/2011 10:36AM

    Cookie weekend looming on the horizon for me. Gonna have a lot of gum as I bake and share!! Love the quilt!! emoticon

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VICIOUS421 12/11/2011 11:06PM

    That Quilt is AWESOME!!!!!! I have a bunch of old tee shirts and am making that one of my 'To Do Someday' Projects!!!!!! I have several things on that list, one was to make a quilt with old jeans, now I may combine the 2!!!!!!! Thanks for the idea!!!!!!

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NATPLUMMER 12/11/2011 6:49PM

    Great quilt. Cookie weekend for me as well.
Sleep well.

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PATRICIAANN46 12/11/2011 6:49PM

  Hi Savannah........
What a great idea that quilt is!!! I wish I would have thought of that with my boys' shirts. When I was teaching, I did help one of my co-workers with a quilt that she made with her 2 year-old's baby clothes. It was so cute and she said that every piece of an outfit brought back memories.
I hope you get rested up from your weekend.

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Future after college...

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

My last two blogs has been on the future. Well, guess what? That is what I am going to write about again. I am in my senior year of college so it tends to on the forefront of my mind.

Lately, it has been: should I switch majors?

Before anyone gets carried away, let me explain.

Currently, I am an Exercise Science major which is required to complete an internships. Most internships I have found that I'd be interested in pursuing is basically what I currently get paid to do at the Y.

I would switch to Wellness and Fitness Management with a minor in Psychology. Basically, it is the same thing but without the internship.

What is the draw?

The draw is with the last one, I can graduate in the spring. That alone is scary and exciting. The big question is how much I need that internship to get a full time position. Also, if I don't find a job, can my current position and personal training be enough income?

Right now, I am leaning towards graduating next semester.

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YIWEN39 12/9/2011 7:19PM

    I agree too. The internship won't add much to your CV, will it? But a minor in psychology, now that would count...
Let us know what you decide :-)

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JUSTBIRDY 12/9/2011 12:33AM

    internships have devolved into scams to get free slave labor. Go for the psych version, and keep your money.

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EJOY-EVELYN 12/8/2011 10:34PM

    In addition to Lisa's sound advice, I'd like to add having psychology listed on your degree is a big plus. We work in such a vast customer service industry that understanding the workings of the mind will benefit you if you go into business for yourself as well as your employer.

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FUNFROG79 12/8/2011 8:11AM

    Exciting crossroads for you, can't wait to read what you will decide! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 12/7/2011 9:11PM

    The short answer is I think for all the reasons LISAINMS stated, you'd be better graduating in the Spring with your major being Wellness and Fitness Management with a psych minor. You are doing for a job exactly what an internship would provide. I think your work experience is going to hold more weight in the work world. And your darn good @ it! So, I'd vote for spring graduation with changing your major.

You're going to be awesome whatever you choose; that's definite!


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LIL-VIXEN 12/7/2011 7:55PM

    I agree with the other two ladies.

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CALIFGOLFER 12/7/2011 7:49PM

    Exciting times for you!

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GETFIT2LIVE 12/7/2011 6:51PM

    I'm with LISAINMS on this; if an internship would be basically the same thing you're doing at the Y now, what is the value of doing it? Would it really provide a benefit when it comes to getting hired somewhere? My guess is no; I'd think a job like you have at the Y would carry more weight with a potential employer. Only you can decide what is the best route for you; I believe you're going to be an awesome PT in any case!

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LISAINMS 12/7/2011 5:40PM

    If your current job is the same as the internship and the degree has the same requirements, that's a no brainer in my book. Does the word "internship" stamped on your resume get more credit in the eyes of an employer? Or would your experience at the Y have the same meaning? I have two kids in college. One is on the third internship -all unpaid. The first I believe she gained experience, the 2nd -nothing. The current, some useful experience. The other will do one in the summer -paid and in his field. The point of an internship is to gain live experience in your field of choice so as to impress upon an employer that you have ability, not just class time. I hope that gives you something helpful to think on while making your decision.

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NATPLUMMER 12/7/2011 5:33PM

    I hope it all works out well. It's always so hard to know what will work best in the long run. Graduating in the spring sounds like a good plan.

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Update: My Doubts on PT :)

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Last time I wrote, I talked about my doubts about being a personal trainer.

I've not only took everyone's advice to heart, I thought about it. Here are my thoughts.

I have spring semester left for classes, a summer, than my internship in the fall. At the end of January, I plan to sit for the ACE Personal Training test. I am terrified I won't pass it. If I don't than I will pass until I do. Period.

As I was thinking about it, I realized members already treat me like a trainer. They ask me questions about injuries, and ways to get off their strength training plateaus. More than once, when I talk about courses and education, many have mentioned how they'd hire me.

In fact, today a co-worker was talking to me about personal trainers. She didn't like the options. Than, looked at me and asked if I'd design her a program. So, we're going to train each other. I am going to train her and she's going to give me feedback. We are going doing this after this semester ends.

So, I am going to test out this path in the next few months before I graduate.

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    sounds great! you really do have a lot of knowlege about working out and eating right and you obviously enjoy the lifestyle so why not?! i think its a GREAT idea and you will be awesome at it!

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BAILEYS7OF9 12/7/2011 1:21PM

    That's what I was thinking reading these blogs together. FYI the PT I hired actually works at the local Y. I could have joined the Y and gotten her at 1/2 her cost, but then I would have also had to pay the Y for membership and I liked her coming to my house instead!

I would concentrate on getting a job with benefits when you get out of college and build up your PT business/clientele on the side. I think you'll be great! Look how far you came, you will definitely CONTINUE to motivate and inspire others. emoticon

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FUNFROG79 12/5/2011 10:44AM

    Wow, looks like a lot of people admire you!

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ELLEYKAT 12/5/2011 7:39AM

    That sounds like a GREAT plan. YOU CAN DO THIS! =) You're a great, thoughtful person, and I know you're going to help a lot of people. Look - you already have!! =)

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NATPLUMMER 12/4/2011 10:17PM

    emoticonExcellent plan!!

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IMSMILEY88 12/4/2011 9:58PM

    That's a great plan! Best wishes!

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PATRICIAANN46 12/4/2011 9:37PM

  Sounds like a GREAT plan............. emoticon

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EJOY-EVELYN 12/4/2011 9:36PM

    May you be pleasantly surprised by the results of all your hard work!

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MYLADY4 12/4/2011 9:22PM

    Good plan. You will do great.

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Saturday, December 03, 2011

For those that do not know, I attend college and my major is Exercise Science.

At the beginning of the semester I was excited to take the Personal Training course. Now, I am so overwhelmed. I just want it to be done.

I have the passion, trust and empathy to be a personal trainer. While working at the Y, member have shown me all these things about me.

And, now the class and ALL the information is SO overwhelming. I am not sure I can pass the ACE certification exam.

Besides that doubt, I really don't know if I can help others become successful. Maybe I can only motivate me. But, on the other hand, I do have members coming up thanking me for my input, telling me how they have improved, and asking me for more advice, lol.

I have already talked to my supervisor/s, they seem open to me being an personal trainer there. But, what if I cannot make a living or cannot maintain enough clients?

The plan was to "test" out personal training starting in January through the summer.. but honestly, I don't know if I can pass it.

There I wrote it. My doubts with being a personal trainer.

But, on the other hand, I feel like I can relate to clients better than these personal trainers we have.. like I can do better.


Any advice of wisdom?

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EJOY-EVELYN 1/20/2012 10:46PM

    I must have been thinking of this blog of yours when I read the DailySpark Blog from Coach Nicole . . . I think the two of you have more in common. She has her share of doubts and help from her fellow friends.

Two things really saved me from going crazy as I anticipated what others might think about the DVD (and me):
1. I reminded myself that my intentions were good and pure. I was trying to help people and spread a positive and healthy message. Some people may find fault in the way it was executed, but I shouldn’t let it get to me because I did the best I could. I suppose I’d rather get some backlash by putting myself out there and going for it than never try for fear of how I might be perceived.
2. I remembered the quote a member shared with me years ago that I still remember today: “If someone else has a problem with you, it’s their problem, not yours.” This is such great and comforting advice!

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STEVIECAT4 12/5/2011 3:12PM

    Don't talk yourself out of it. I always tell my son "If you tell yourself you can't, then you're 100% correct. So go ahead and tell yourself you can. You have nothing to lose"

Don't scare yourself out of it! You can do this!!!

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PATRICIAANN46 12/4/2011 9:34PM

  Hi Savannah........
This sounds so familiar. You are nearing the end of your college days and the future is a bit scary. I don't know if this is a possibility or not for you, but when I felt unsure about my final exam in the course which was the most difficult, I met with the professor and asked him to help me concentrate on what was most important. I had and still have to some extent, a major fault of NOT being able to be concise with my notes. I COULD NOT narrow it down to what was most important. He looked over my notes, shook his head at ALL I had written and introduced me to the Highlighter. Take a deep breath, realize how much you have accomplished in your life, know how important you are to the members at the Y that you have worked with, and if you can talk to your professor, follow his/her advice.
I feel that you will do GREAT!!!

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1CRAZYDOG 12/3/2011 10:27PM

    I have to echo what SHERYL said. You have what it takes for sure! You CAN do it, but you have to believe in yourself. WE do! And obviously, your supervisors wouldn't be willing to take you on as a personal trainer if they didn't think you could do it.

You now, it really is difficult to stare in the face of the unknown . . . otherwise known as the future! Big decisions, decisions that will affect your life . . . have to be made. But always remember that NOTHING is written in stone. You can change your mind!

You'll never know, though, if you don't give it a shot.

Anything worth having is going to take effort, because it's difficult. But remember . . . these steps you're taking now are the steps you need to take to get where you want to be. So concentrate on each step, and don't worry too much about the entire path. With each step you'll get there.

Believe in yourself! I do.

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NATPLUMMER 12/3/2011 4:25PM

    You'll never know until you try. I say go for it. It sounds like you're already doing great at it informally.

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EJOY-EVELYN 12/3/2011 1:08PM

    Doubt can be healthy to some extent, but then requires we move on (the way you normally do so well) and get on with the business of what we're destined to do or be in this life. While there may be a bit of healthy humility in the mix, it may actually encourage us to go out there and learn more within our respective fields, until we become the true experts that may be required of us. Just about the time we think we're experts, the industry mixes it up and we have something new in the mix to work in. Lord knows, people ask a ton of questions these days, and we find delight in having the right answer at our fingertips. Nevertheless, knowledge is part of a life-long learning experience and you gain a wealth of knowledge all-at-once while in a university setting. What great to remember, is that you don't have to have all the answers at once -- you can rely on your valued resources to be able to get back to person when additional material is required on any one topic that is beyond your current expertise. Doubt can be healthy, as long as it prompts you to action that benefits your career in the long run.

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RUNNER12COM 12/3/2011 12:37PM

    Two things will happen. You'll do well or you won't. But wouldn't you rather find out? Isn't it worth every bit of effort and sweat and will to know for sure?

You could walk away now, but then you'll spend the rest of your life wondering what if?

(Personally, I think you'll be amazing. Your doubts only reinforce to me that you are human, you understand what others go through, and you will be an amazing trainer.)


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MYLADY4 12/3/2011 12:31PM

    I can imagine that it is very scary for you right now thinking about the future. You are almost done with school then comes the huge, what next.

All I can say is that you have to believe in yourself and the skills and lessons that you have learned.

I went through some of the same doubts when I got my engineering degree. Can I do this, will I be any good at it, am I a fruad (that was a biggy)? Sometimes I still have doubts but the feedback that I keep getting from my coworkers and boss makes me feel better that I picked the right career.

Good luck and believe in yourself.

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HDHAWK 12/3/2011 9:03AM

    I thought about going for my certification when I lost all my weight. I've now gained it all back which is another story. I'm sure it's hard, but you've changed yourself and that's something not every trainer can say. I think it's a plus when you've been through something yourself. Take the test and if you don't pass the world won't end. You can always try again! emoticon

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SHERYLDS 12/3/2011 4:32AM

    What ??????
This doesn't sound like the Savannah I know and love.
You are an INSPIRATION. What could be more motivating than someone who has done it herself. And with all of your people skills, you'll be great. So stop with the insecurity, and take credit for the fantastic lady you are. YOU CAN DO IT !!!

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2011 Review, 2012 Goals

Friday, December 02, 2011

Today is the beginning of December and many people are thinking about their December goals. With 2011's close fast approaching, I started to think about this past year and the goals I made a year ago.

Here are my goals and how I faired.

Goal: Weigh 150
Current: Weigh 157

emoticon [7 pounds away? I feel good about that!]

Goal: 6 5Ks
Current: 5 5Ks

emoticon [I wanted to increase from 4 5K last year to 6 5Ks this year. But, I did do ONE more this year than last year... so improvement!]

Goal: Run a 10K
Current: Ran a HALF MARATHON

emoticon [I ran a half marathon - TWICE the distance of a 10K - and still quite proud!]

Goal: Pay off the credit card.
Current: Some, I guess.

emoticon[If you have been paying attention to recent blogs, you will know this haven't been so successful in this goal. But, I suspect, in 2012, that debt will be history.]

But, I am feeling good about reaching those goals. It seems like as soon as I write something, I might as well consider it done.

So, dear 2012, what shall we plan to do.

emoticon Run 8 races, including my 2nd half marathon.

emoticon Weigh around 145 from my current 157

emoticon Strength train 2x week consistently to fit into a size 8 from my current 10 or 12

emoticon Become a certified ACE Personal Trainer

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EJOY-EVELYN 12/2/2011 11:59PM

    It's been a great year for health! WooHoo! May this last month of the year put a feather in your cap to reaching closer to your goals. I'm happy to have share in one of your 5K's.

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PATRICIAANN46 12/2/2011 10:38PM

  Hi Savannah..........

emoticon on your goals and accomplishments in 2011. You did a wonderful job!!!!!

And........I am sure that you will accomplish what you want to in 2012 because you are so focused. As far as the financial aspect goes........graduating and getting a full-time job should take care of that goal. You will do fine.


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LISAINMS 12/2/2011 6:02PM

    WTG!! Love your goals for 2012, too.

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1CRAZYDOG 12/2/2011 12:28PM

    You've done an awesome job in 2011 and glad to see you giving yourself praise where it is due!

Debt . . . this is such a hard monkey to get off the back, but you're a hard worker. It will happen for you. Just keep plugging away.

Way to go!! Here's to 2012.

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MYLADY4 12/2/2011 11:10AM

    Good doable plan!!!

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CIVIAV 12/2/2011 9:27AM

    WTG Savannah!

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GETFIT2LIVE 12/2/2011 1:00AM

    You did great with your goals in 2011, and I know you will reach your goals in 2012--way to go!

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