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.
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.
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?
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
[7 pounds away? I feel good about that!]
Goal: 6 5Ks
Current: 5 5Ks
[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
[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.
[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.
Run 8 races, including my 2nd half marathon.
Weigh around 145 from my current 157
Strength train 2x week consistently to fit into a size 8 from my current 10 or 12
Become a certified ACE Personal Trainer
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Sometimes when I am stressed I just need to say it. So, that is what I am doing. I am stressed. Can I just sit down and cry? It seems like nothing I do gets me anywhere! A department on campus gave me a scholarship but I won't see ANY of the money because it goes straight to my loans. That is great for the future me but for the now me, it sucks!
During the month of November, I went from being scheduled 3 days a week to 2 days a week. Not fun at all. Today was payday which was great. It means my account is no longer negative. It was negative still from that company that pulled from my account twice. Apparently, they didn't want to just put the money back into my account. Nope. They cut me a check. Last week. It's still NOT here!
Anywho.. after my account went into the positive, I had about $200. So, I put gas in the car ($20) and got groceries ($85). Both were super low. So, now I have about $100. My phone bill is $100. My credit card bill is $80. I need a haircut so $20.
I am going to not have to pay one of those bills. If I don't pay the phone, it get's cut off. If I don't pay the credit card, I get 7-8 calls a day. Basically, one a hour.
Don't even mention how I am going to pay for Christmas shopping. I need at least $100 for that, which I clearly do NOT have. My parents say I can put my name on their gifts for the kids. Oh, now there is a proud moment. I am 25 years old and I can barely survive.
ONE DAY I know it won't be like this. I have been entertaining the idea of being a personal trainer. I asked my mom last night how much money I need to survive comfortably but she couldn't answer me. I just hope to God I will have a job after I graduate. Even if the Y offers me a job, at least it's a full time position *hopefully* with benefits.
It's just the next month I have to make it through. In January, I will have less bills. And, once I get next semester's financial aid refund, I can paid my credit card completely off so ALL I have to worry about is my phone bill (which is decreasing), groceries, and gas!
I guess what else is that I won't be able to go down to my sister's to decorate cookies for Christmas. It saddens me because I want to see my nieces and nephews more.. *sigh* I guess it means it will help me my weight loss. No cookies to bring home if I don't go. That is the other thing.. I definitely do not over eat with moths coming out of my cupboards.
Anyhow, I am still stressed but I need to get to my EKG class! Thanks for listening!
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