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New Trainer, Day 1

Monday, February 20, 2012

In case you were wondering...

My new trainer is pretty awesome! She gave me lots of praise and no insults. In fact, there was a part that I could tell I wasn't doing it quite right. When she gave me feedback and I was able to do it better, she smiled. Which, in turn, made me feel good about me. emoticon

My last trainer was in favor of 20 reps. When I lift, I tend to stick to 3 set of 12. My new trainer had me do sets of 12.

I even have achievable homework assignment.

I really like the feedback she gave me about my posture. My back has been hurting lastly and not sure why. Kinda suspected posture issues but it's not like I can walk next to a mirror and figure it out myself.

I have a good feeling about this.. sometimes you just know that this is just way better.

..so now you know about my new trainer.

  
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GODDESSOFHOME 2/24/2012 8:53PM

    Sounds good!

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LISAINMS 2/21/2012 5:29PM

    Yesss! So glad the new trainer is a better fit for you. He had you doing 20 reps? 8-12 is standard training. If you are doing 20 you are not lifting enough.
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FIREFLUTTERFLY 2/21/2012 12:50PM

    I am so glad you have found a trainer that is good! I hope she continues to rock!!!

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ERIKA05 2/21/2012 10:34AM

    I'm so glad that it's working out better with the new trainer. This is exactly the feedback you *should* be getting - isn't it SO rewarding when you feel like your form, posture, etc. are getting better?
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Yay!

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LEAHOBI 2/21/2012 3:08AM

    Woohoo- glad you found someone you like :)

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PAWSINAZ 2/20/2012 10:44PM

    Good trainers are hard too find!!! emoticon

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PATRICIAANN46 2/20/2012 9:50PM

  Hi Savannah.........
emoticon!!! Switching trainers was the right decision. She sounds much more compatible. You should be able to learn from her in a way that is NOT stressful and you can pick up tips to use with your own students. A WIN-WIN!!!

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JUSTBIRDY 2/20/2012 8:52PM

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MYLADY4 2/20/2012 8:50PM

    That's so AWESOME. Hope she kicks your butt though (haha).

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GETSTRONGRRR 2/20/2012 8:38PM

    Great news....trainers are supposed to make sure you do things right, to push you beyond what you could do on your own, and offer infinite encouragement....sounds like you found the right one!

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JENNYDJENNY 2/20/2012 8:23PM

    Sounds AMAZING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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1CRAZYDOG 2/20/2012 8:10PM

    Wow! Sounds like you clicked with her. WONDERFUL! So happy for you. You deserve that.

Here's to success!

HUGS!

Barb

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LUCYLU221 2/20/2012 7:41PM

    I am very happy to hear that you enjoy your new trainer. I hope things continue in the right direction for you.



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XRSIZE18 2/20/2012 7:20PM

    Oh, I'm so happy for you! You're on the road to maintenance and positive reinforcement! Out with the negative and in with the positive!

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NATPLUMMER 2/20/2012 6:44PM

    YAY!!

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SHERYLDS 2/20/2012 6:29PM

    sounds like you got yourself a good trainer and a great role model....2 birds with one stone. great

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PINKBEANBOO 2/20/2012 5:59PM

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Sounds like you guys are on the same page!

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Defining Motivation

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Motivation is key. Without it our workouts don't get done. With it, we reach our goals with grace. So how do we get motivated and stay motivated. Everyone is a little different.

Take me for example. In the beginning, my motivation to work is see that number on the scale go down. Now, I don't care so much about that but rather how I feel after I consistently work out. I feel less stressed and have less depression episodes.

Putting that aside, the gym motivates me which is crazy because I need motivation to get to the gym. Right?

Well, I work at a local Y. Members really motivate and inspire me. They come in everyday after work before going home to their families. They give it their all after a hard day of work. Sometimes it is close to 2 hours.

Wait, did I say inspire? What exactly does inspire mean anyhow? People constantly tell me this. Or people say, "If you can do it, maybe I can, too."

But, what does the word inspire actually mean?

According to dictionary.com:

inĚspire   [in-spahyuhr]
1. to fill with an animating, quickening, or exalting influence: His courage inspired his followers.
2. to produce or arouse (a feeling, thought, etc.): to inspire confidence in others.
3. to fill or affect with a specified feeling, thought, etc.: to inspire a person with distrust.
4. to influence or impel: Competition inspired her to greater efforts.
5. to animate, as an influence, feeling, thought, or the like, does: They were inspired by a belief in a better future.

So, basically I motivate others to work out and change their healthy lifestyle? Awesome!

Even friends that do not need to change their lifestyle, apparently I inspire them as well. I wonder to do what... to reach for the stars?

What does inspire or motivate mean to you?

  
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XRSIZE18 2/20/2012 1:03AM

    This is great. I think my biggest motivation right now is to inspire people to change their lives, too! You've already been voted a SP motivator, so it just goes to show you how much you DO inspire people. Thanks for spreading your spark!

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PATRICIAANN46 2/19/2012 2:02PM

  Hi Savannah........
Great Blog!!! Very well said.......
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"What does inspire or motivate mean to me?" When I hear stories like yours, I cannot help but feel inspired and motivated. You are a real person with a real story of how you overcame so much to get to where you are today. YOU inspire and motivate me.

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1CRAZYDOG 2/19/2012 9:07AM

    You said it all beautifully!!!!!! I'm glad to see that you DO motivate and inspire, because, my dear, YOU DO!!! And good for you.

Proud of you and all you've accomplished.

I have to agree with you for sure. Initially the motivation was to see that # on the scale move ever downward. NOW being in maintenance, it is exactly what you say . . . that feeling after putting effort into a workout . . . proud, exhilerated, POOPED, happy and just plain good!

HUGS!
Barb

Keep that spark lit.

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EJOY-EVELYN 2/19/2012 12:25AM

    What a great read!

I find inspirational through individuals who show a true and sincere care to influence my thoughts, words and deeds for the better. Even when the blunt truth hurts, it can be a major motivator when presented with kindness. This may be done through a powerful writing or by simply being a great role model.

My greatest inspiration and motivation come from the inspired word of God and how God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (with a host of angels and saints), has an active role in my life.

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NATPLUMMER 2/19/2012 12:00AM

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Bring on the Marathon.. in say 5 months!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

I know some people do not believe in God. But, I believe in God. Sometimes He helps us in life but we don't give thanks to him. But, why not?

Anyhow, onto my simple story.

In the last week, I have been struggling with overtraining symptoms. I really want to train for my first full marathon but I was running into obstacles. Literally. When I finally had it all figured out, it gets changed.

That happened today.

I am supposed to co-lead step aerobics. Today, I got pulled out of my step aerobics lab to help assess the freshmen's fitness levels. Granted, not my passion.

But, it solves the issue of training. I can do take some time to rest and than train hard core for my half and full marathons.

In addition to this, I want to say: Happy Valentine's Day.

Before you groan, yes, YOU! I want you to take this special day and do something nice for YOU. How often do you do that? This may mean taking 10 minutes. Or getting a massage. Or getting yourself your flowers.

In fact, that is what I did. I don't need a guy to buy ME flowers. I am special and know it. I will celebrate it with myself. A guy does not deem my value. I do.

Because V-day sometimes brings us down, I decided to buy roses for a couple friends. If no other Valentine's Day tomorrow they will know they ARE special! Today I gave them the flowers and were able to make their day happy. It was a gift for me in itself.

So, in summary, I am back to training and do something nice for YOU! You are special!

  
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MYLADY4 2/14/2012 10:27PM

    Good for you on realizing that no man can determine your happiness. That was also really nice of you to give friends flowers. I am sure they appreciated it.

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KKINNEA 2/14/2012 11:58AM

    Nice!! Love it.

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NATPLUMMER 2/14/2012 11:42AM

    Glad it's working out for your marathon training.
You are very special!!
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1CRAZYDOG 2/14/2012 9:44AM

    He does open windows when it seems the doors have been shut!!

HUGS!

Barb

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EJOY-EVELYN 2/14/2012 1:18AM

    So glad to hear things are coming together and that your faith and joy for your active role in life can truly make a difference. While we can appreciate others in our lives, I agree that being dependent on them for our joy is not a requirement, but a bonus and blessing when an element of joy is enjoyed. Happy Valentine's Day, dear! I already strive to take at least 15 minutes out of my day to do something uplifting just for me. WooHoo!

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TYKXBOY 2/14/2012 12:58AM

    Things happens for a reason. Good luck with your training. You'll do great.
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GETFIT2LIVE 2/14/2012 12:38AM

    Hurray for the solution to the overtraining, even if it's not doing something that is your favorite! Happy Valentine's Day to you, too; I'm glad you are doing something that brings joy to you. You deserve joy, because you bring it to others.

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Get Lucky HM Training Bump

Sunday, February 12, 2012

I really do have some of the best Y members at my work. Let me tell you about one of them.

He is mid-50s and has a girl friend in Ohio. In fact, he is all sad that they haven't been able to Skype. Honestly, it's kinda cute. Especially since he's like 'I don't care.' Yeah, right. That is why you are grumpy about it, lol. Anyhow, nearly every time he comes in we talk about his girlfriend, and running. In fact, last spring when I was training for my first half marathon he gave me advice nearly every week. It was nice to talk out my anxieties.

Well, I have a half marathon coming up. It is on March 17th, St. Patrick's Day. That is about a month. I am nervous. Last week, my longest run was 6 miles. And, than I had to take a week due to overtraining. So, I have enough time to train for it.

Anyhow, I didn't notice I was nervous and anxious about it until this member asked about it. He calmed me with reminding me that I could always walk. Yes, yes, I could.

I am trying to remember my last half marathon. I walked more than I wanted to and my time was 3:05. I can do this. Also, during my training last time, I had to have a break about this time so maybe my body needs a mid-point break.

Also, I am back up to 161.8 from 160.4 yesterday. This morning I told my scale "You lie." I literally said it out loud and put away. Considering about putting it away for my training. That means no scale until June 16th. Not sure if I can do that!

  
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KKINNEA 2/14/2012 12:14PM

    I think it's smart to ditch the scale in this case.

What pace are you looking to hold for Get Lucky? My marathon LSD training pace (until I go to training class this week and get told differently :]) is 11:45 mins/mile. If you want to hold around that, let's definitely plan to get together and run together - I'll be happy to pace you!

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PATRICIAANN46 2/13/2012 6:03PM

  Hi Savannah........
You are at a stage in your fitness and training now, that you know how to listen to your body. You will know what to do to make sure it is working in a healthy way.
You are also building muscle which weighs more.......I would hide the scale until you are finished with the marathon.
Take care.
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EJOY-EVELYN 2/12/2012 10:01PM

    I have great confidence that it will all come together because you'll adjust accordingly for just where you need to be. Hope you can find some joy along the way to that "eye on the prize."

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SEAJESS 2/12/2012 5:31PM

    Hey, girlfriend, I KNOW you can do it if you keep your eyes on the prize ~ finishing with enjoyment ~ and don't let desire cause you to push yourself beyond sensible limits.

And I would totally support you in putting the scale away. An experienced Spark runner told me it was not realistic to expect to lose weight while training for a (half or) marathon. I have actually gained a few pounds. Other reading I've done on the subject encourages runners to lose weight BEFORE beginning training (just because it's more efficient to be moving a lighter body) but says forget about trying to do that when you're training. You need the nutrition (as well as the sleep) components as much as the miles.

So as long as you are getting the balance and level of nutrients you need, the scale is irrelevant. Why should we look at it if it makes us feel rotten?

For someone on her first go round I sure do have alot of opinions!

Including that you will ROCK your half! (Oh yes you will!)


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NATPLUMMER 2/12/2012 4:24PM

    You'll do great on the half...and yes, you can walk.
I'd banish that scale for a while if I were you.

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MYLADY4 2/12/2012 2:11PM

    Yep, my thought exactly about the 1/2. I can always walk but you can do it.


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LOOOKINGOOD 2/12/2012 2:05PM

    You can do it! Remember how AWESOME that finish line looks, remember that last push of energy to run it in!!! You can do this!!!!!

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1CRAZYDOG 2/12/2012 1:01PM

    Awwww . . . reminds me of when Jason lived in NY and I in IL. There was no skype back then! Telephone calls at least once/day!

As SHERYL says, nothing is written in stone! Go with the flow. If you need to walk, walk!

As for the scale, well . . . you know the drill!

HUGS!
Barb

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SHERYLDS 2/12/2012 11:57AM

    Nothing is written in stone.... do what you need to do.
SO PROUD OF YOU MY FRIEND.


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Updates: Overtraining, weight, PT

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Finally! These legs are feeling better. Yesterday, I stood for my 6-hour shift without my knees or calves hurting. My quads are a bit tinge sore this morning. With some extra sleep this weekend and resting from exercise, I should be able to go back to training with two days of required rest during the week. emoticon

With the recent weight gain, I decided one of my goals this month would be to get under 160 again. Today I weighed in at 160.4. emoticon Yes, I know it isn't under 160 but it's close. From talking to my friend, I realized my maintenance range is 150-160. That is what I want to consistently weigh. When I am over 160, for me, that is when I need to get down to business again.

Like I said earlier, I worked yesterday. During my shift, one of the personal trainers was cold to me. He usually is real chatty. Part of me knew this would happen but it stings that I am right. Basically, my ex-trainer/friend told me that he talked to me to other personal trainers. Apparently, besides the breach of confidentiality he didn't think how this would effect me. I work at the same place as these trainers. It really hurts to receive this level of disrespect for me as a friend and client. Putting my emotions aside, as part of my job members ask me if I would recommend him. How can I recommend him after this?

Because of this, I learned that training is more than just knowing exercises or even results. It's keep confidentiality. It's being a listener. It's someone they can trust. I'm learning I could be a great personal trainer.

Today, I am focusing on legs feeling better, getting my weight back on track, working on internships, and going to work this afternoon. They always cheer me up! In fact, a couple members I have on Facebook asked me when I will be at the Y next. I'm missed! Aww!

P.S. I wish I was better at titles.

  
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PATRICIAANN46 2/13/2012 5:56PM

  Hi Savannah........
Unfortunately, no matter what job you have, most of the time, you are working with human beings who aren't always professional. You will learn something about what NOT to do from quite a few of them, and along the way will perfect your social skills along with your physical skills in training. It is all a learning experience and it sounds like you are learning a lot at a young age.
I wish you the best in sorting it all out.
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NATPLUMMER 2/12/2012 9:02AM

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1CRAZYDOG 2/11/2012 9:42PM

    Well, you have gained an important insight into your weight balance! It is great to know where you feel best weightwise.

AS for the breach of confidentiality . . . well, that would upset me too. Can't undo that, but I sure wouldn't be telling anything that I didn't want to be repeated! Hard lesson to learn. **SIGH**

Stay strong!!!

HUGS!
Barb

PS. Was gone to IL all day (taxes and visited my folks. The taxes . . . ouch! Had a wonderful visit w/my parents, though!)

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HDHAWK 2/11/2012 2:07PM

    I'm sorry you are being treated this way at work by a "friend". I wouldn't allow him to damage your reputation. You'll make a great trainer because you work so hard at it!

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BSTAKINGACTION 2/11/2012 1:30PM

    You're going to make a great trainer! Wish you were at my Y...I could use a good kick in the butt. :)

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EJOY-EVELYN 2/11/2012 1:00PM

    Any chance he may have referred to circumstances of a client without disclosing the person? I only say this because sometimes, even pastors need a pastor but use hypotheticals in order to not breech confidentialities . . . then again, this is becoming a major reason for the releasing of people from their contract . . . or as Donald Trump would say, "You're fired!"

Sounds like he may have missed the class on ethical behavior. This personal trainer (a colleague of yours, since you are both personal trainers) should understand, whether you chose to remind him or not, that this is unethical. That's a battle you have to decide whether it is worth getting further involved in. This also means being careful how you talk about someone behind their back . . . if it is only to murmur, grumble, and complain, then perhaps little good is served. My best to you in making the decisions that best meets the needs of your working relationships.

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