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Monday, September 03, 2012

Sometimes there seems to be an unspoken rule of only one blog a day. Well, today I am breaking that rule. I need to talk about my future.

On December 15th, I will walk across the stage and graduate from college. When you go to college, it is assumed that you WILL get a career with benefits that you will love. In fact, that is why I went back to college when I was a Realtor. I had no health insurance and needed it stat!

Now, I am months away from graduation, looking at the job market and it's not pretty. There is nothing in my geographic area. This alone makes me nervous. I am finally dating a wonderful guy and living in an area neither one of us wants to leave. But, there are no jobs, especially in my field. I was talking to another personal trainer and he mentioned that I could build up being a personal trainer and lifestyle coach. Honestly, I don't want to be a personal trainer.

What I do want is to help people positively change their lifestyle like I did mine. Yes, personal training does that but on such a small scale. I think I could make it work and even do weight loss seminars. But, I want reach a wider span of people. Not just one individual at a time. I guess my dream of wanting to have a weight loss program like Sparkpeople but one they can visit in person is still ignited. I have found careers (PT, RN, RD) that would help me positive change others lifestyles. But, they all take graduate degrees.

Nonetheless, I am super frustrated that I have a 4-year degree that basically means nothing in the job market. My own weight loss and professional certifications mean more than this degree.

Anyhow, thanks for listening. As I write it all out, I could build up personal training and lifestyle coach. Maybe eventually start a business. But, even as I say that, I feel like I am settling...

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PATRICIAANN46 9/4/2012 5:47PM

  Hi Savannah.........
Several years ago, I taught a class called Health Careers. It was for Seniors in High School. I had Seniors from 5 different High Schools who were bussed to a Care Center. Our classroom was in the Care Center itself, which allowed us access to the residents. I taught the Human Physiology part of the class and an RN taught CPR, CNA, and First Aid. When the students finished the class, they had certificates in the above 3 areas and many were hired by the Care Center. The first day of class, I told the students that no matter which Health Care Career they chose, they would always have a job. I was about 30 at the time and a part of the very large, Baby Boomer generation. I told them that by the time I reached retirement, there would be several others my age to care for. Over the years, I have run into former students who remind me of what I said and how they have always been employed in their chosen health field.
Whatever further education you choose in the Health area, will NOT be a mistake. emoticon Go for it!!!!!

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ALLIEALKINS 9/4/2012 1:57PM

    I would apply for those jobs, even if you don't have all the required credentials. In my experience, companies will sometimes take a chance on the person who doesn't have everything if they display the right attitute - and usually, they last a lot longer because they're working harder for something and are more grateful.

Why not just try applying? The worst thing that could happen would not be getting a response. Apply your personal and professional experience in a brief coverletter explaining why, even though you don't have all the education required, you would make an excellent addition to their community. Sound excited and educated and experienced. After all, someone could look perfect on paper but not be suited for that specific job - why can't it be the other way around?

Good luck!

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NATPLUMMER 9/4/2012 11:21AM

    You can always go to grad school... but in the mean time, build up a personal training and lifestyle coach business...see how you like it.

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EJOY-EVELYN 9/4/2012 10:19AM

    What you are looking for sounds a lot like a motivational Weight Watcher or like meeting. Perhaps SparkPeople should consider offering satellite versions of their SparkLive can offer a variety of health and fitness programs that allows for group participation.

I have a friend who has promoted fitness classes through WITC, but getting them going requires a lot of self promotion, and without the enrollment classes get cancelled. A brand new class may be allowed to go with a smaller-than-normal enrollment.

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1CRAZYDOG 9/3/2012 9:12PM

    Agree w/Sheryl. You would regret not pursuing what you heart is telling you to do, even if it means going back to school again. The thing you need to mentally prepare for is that it takes a step-wise approach to build your career, so be patient in doing that. It is the foundation for the rest of your career.

Yes indeed . . . the market is suck-y! BUT again as Sheryl said, if you go into any health related field you are preparing to have skills that will not be outsourced!

Frustrating? Definitely. But hang in there, honey. You'll nail it.


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    You don't say what your degree is in, but I agree that the health profession is in need. I know that the job market is bad but health care needs people. Wishing you luck.

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SHERYLDS 9/3/2012 7:49PM

    go (PT, RN, RD)'ll regret not going further.
With the increase population of seniors and increase population of diabetic patients...going into health fields (that can't be outsourced) and there are plenty of diet/lifestyle programs on the web. go (PT, RN, RD).

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    Personal training and lifestyle coach sounds like a way to go and you could have your own business.

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JUSTBIRDY 9/3/2012 6:46PM

    good luck!!!!

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September's ONE Goal

Monday, September 03, 2012

In my last blog, I talked about switching things up by adding TRX and kettle bell group exercise classes. In theory, it was a great plan. In reality, not so much. In the first week, as I dreaded going to my first TRX class, I remembered that I am not into group exercise classes. In fact, my work outs are my "me" time. With that in mind, why in the world would I go join a group of people to work out? Also, I realized the typical gym - treadmills, selectorized machines and free weights - are my favorite way to work out.

So, we are scratching that plan.

Since the beginning of August, before I started my internship, I was struggling to want to work out. So, I have had a sticky on my calendar that said "4x/week" and each day I worked out, I would get a big emoticon on my calendar. Eventually, my boyfriend learned what it was about and started to encourage me to work out even when I wanted to work out. The one day I remember him reminding me that I can't have the benefits (being stress free) of working out if I don't go. I went. And, I remember being glad that I did.

Anyhow, for the month of August, I went reached my goal of working out 4x a week. Keep a look!

I really do the best with my monthly goals when I have ONE simple goal to focus on. Also, when I can put stickers on my calendar to see that I am reaching it. It is like a mini reward to put a sticker on my calendar every day I work out. I have done this to get on track with lifting.

Right now, I am still struggling with nutrition and fitness. So, I could put a sticker on the calendar for working out, lifting, or tracking my food. I think I will stick with lifting on MWF. Since I have to lead the group's runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays, I should be working out five days a week as long as I stick to lifting MWF. emoticon By the way, I did my body scan again that tells me how much muscle I have and I gained a pound of muscle since the last time. So, let's go for another pound of muscle!

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EJOY-EVELYN 9/4/2012 10:29AM

    Groups or no groups . . . that is the question. Even though you do not prefer to join group fitness sessions, it sounds like you may be willing to lead such a group if it meant helping people develop an overall plan to eat and move within healthy guidelines. Follow your heart (not just how you feel, but what gives you the passion, fire, and incentive to deserve the effort you put forth -- and satisfying a budget has to play a role in that decision, as well).

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PATRICIAANN46 9/3/2012 10:48PM

  Hi Savannah.........
What works for YOU is what you SHOULD do. emoticon on the extra pound of muscle. You are doing an emoticon job!!!!!

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1CRAZYDOG 9/3/2012 9:14PM

    Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!!!! That Mark supports you is double wonderful!!!!

If one goal a month works for you, that's how you should do it! There is no "one-size-fits all" solution!


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CINERICIA 9/3/2012 6:56PM

    Heehee. I also have a calendar to track my workouts. It's a whole spreadsheet that outlines my lifting and running and cross training from now til the end of October. (What can I say? I'm a planner.) I must say it is pretty nifty looking. But my favorite part is putting my little silver stars on each day I accomplish my fitness goals. (I get a green star if I do half of what I intended. Gotta have a contingency plan.)

It's nice to hear that your boyfriend is supportive. Everyone needs that in their life.

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PURPLE180 9/3/2012 6:05PM

    emoticon and emoticon idea. i may try the stickers on the calander for a visual. :-)

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MYLADY4 9/3/2012 5:58PM

    Good for you and neat way of visualizing your goals. Oh, and the boyfriend sounds like a big big support and a keeper.

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Banished From the Gym!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Since I decided to stop training for Grandma's Marathon in May, I have been struggling with having a passion for fitness like I have in the past. I used to love to do a two hour work out. Now I am struggling with even desiring to get to the gym. And, yes, I used to love the gym.

Maybe it is the fact that I am there easily 10-12 hours a day between my internship and job that I don't really want to be there. With that in mind, I decided tonight that I am going to banish my workouts from the gym for four weeks.

This does not mean NOT working out. Far from it! There is a different gym in town that does speciality group exercise classes like TRX, kettlebells, and cardio kickboxing! For the next FOUR weeks, I am going to try to avoid my regular gym scene for my own workouts and mix it up with the following:

Sunday - Run or bike with boyfriend
Monday - Cardio Kickboxing
Tuesday - Run/walk 3 miles
Wednesday - TRX and/or Kettlebells
Thursday - Run/walk 3-6 miles
Friday - OFF
Saturday - Kettlebells

This is a bit early but September goal is to consistently attend the speciality classes and to finally learn how to ride a bike. By the end of September, when I have reached my goal, I am considering in investing in a group exercise fitness overhaul. It cost nearly $200 for 8 weeks which would bring me to December 1st! Maybe a massage would be more reasonable for me!

Oh, I almost forgot! I wanted to put my measurements here so I can look back at the end of the month and see if I lost inches. I am hoping to lose an 1" on each area.

Arms: 10"
Waist: 37.5"
Hips: 44.5
Thigh: 21"

If I can get my boyfriend to take some pictures, I will post them here. For now, measurements will work!

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MARTHAWILL 8/26/2012 4:21PM

    Way to put together a new plan. Sounds like you are getting fired up again. Way to go. I too have to change things up a lot to keep from getting bored and feel Sparked again.
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EJOY-EVELYN 8/25/2012 10:53PM

    Terrific goal setting! I love how you've changed things up beautifully.

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PATRICIAANN46 8/25/2012 9:09PM

  Hi Savannah.........
I think that your new plan sounds VERY workable. It would get OLD to be in the same environment day in and day out for BOTH work and play. This way you are mixing it up and each day will be new.
I emoticon your new profile picture.

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RUNNER12COM 8/25/2012 4:28PM

    Sounds like a great plan!

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OPTIMIST1948 8/25/2012 3:10PM

    Whew. I though you had violated some rule...

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MYLADY4 8/25/2012 10:58AM

    You go girl. Can't wait to hear how the bike riding goes.

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HDHAWK 8/25/2012 10:19AM

    Sometimes we need to change things up to keep it interesting. I think you have a good plan here!

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1CRAZYDOG 8/25/2012 8:03AM

    Dear Savannah:

You have always been wise in identifying when you need a break and from what. This is no different. Just DO it. You DO have a busy schedule and that can be so overwhelming to anyone. Balancing things is not easy.

It's not like you're not going to work out. You have a plan, and i know you'll work it.

How is that wonderful boyfriend?? emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 8/25/2012 12:33AM

    Great plan!! I can understand the need to get away.
You can decide next month if you want to invest the money in the fitness classes or in a massage.
Not a bad start.

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Friday, August 17, 2012

A new mother feels guilt when she has her first born and has less time for herself. I have been experiencing the same kind of guilt with my work outs.

If I work out before my internships, I feel that I should putting hours into internship. My boss lets me set my own hours but I always feel like I should be doing more. Like, I am not doing enough and getting enough done efficiently. She has never said anything but I want to do a great job.

If I work out after work, I feel guilty that I am working out and putting off meeting up with my boyfriend. Now, don't get me wrong, he supports me and working out. Even today when I forgot my water bottle and had to stop by his house quickly to grab it. He filled it with ice cold water and ice cubes so I could have ice cold water for my workout. What a sweetie! I just feel bad that I come over to his house at like 7 pm and I am so tired. This isn't a guilt he puts on me. He knows I have a busy schedule.

The guilt started to get to me so much that I considered breaking up with him. Not because of the guilt, but because I was feeling crunched for time all the time. Than, I started to pick at the little things. After some thought and consideration, I realized it wasn't the little things that were bothering me at all. I was just picking things. It was that I needed more space but yet I was not taking it. So, I need to try to take it more.

I started this morning. I left his house kinda early when he asked if I wanted tea. If I had tea, I would have stayed longer and never got my work out in. Than, I emailed my internship supervisor and let her know I was going to be in later. Than, I think the unthinkable.... I worked out. Even now, I keep checking the time because I know I should get to the internship even though I am working until 9 pm.

If you have any advice on dealing with guilt better than I am, I'd love to hear it!

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LEAHOBI 8/18/2012 7:32AM


Honestly, Guilt and lack of time is why so many ladies become overweight once they find a partner; you know the whole gain weight after marriage thing. To be happy, you will have to find out what works best for you. I have had to really push myself to put me first; I need to workout. I also agree that having a schedule will make it easier. Good luck.

ps: I hope you don't give up on him; he seems like such a sweetie. :)

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PATRICIAANN46 8/17/2012 10:29PM

  Hi Savannah.........
I would definitely go with the "Planner Idea". If it is written down, it is usually done and done on time (at least that is how it works for me). Don't forget to put in some "ME" time though and don't let other things over-ride it. YOU are important and if you are stressed because of not enough "Me" time, then everything else seems to suffer. What I have also finally learned to do is to say "NO". You don't have to please everyone all of the time. I think that as you settle into your Internship, you will become better aware of what they expect of you and you will relax knowing that you are satisfying their requirements.
It will all work out. And by all means..........don't drop that sweetheart boyfriend!!!!! Ice water????? Keep him!!!
Have a great weekend.

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1CRAZYDOG 8/17/2012 9:12PM

    The planner is an excellent solution. You definitely DO have to have me time and scheduling it will make it real!

You're lucky to have such a thoughtful guy! That's just sweet that he gave you ice and water in your water bottle! Honey, those are the things that make a good relationship!

Guilt . . . I think 1/2 my brain was occupied with guilt before I started Sparking due to being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. That was my cue to realize, for once and for all, that I had to make myself a priority or I wouldn't be around long enough to see my kids graduate, marry, have families and all the good stuff!

Take care of YOU.


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HDHAWK 8/17/2012 8:39PM

    You have to make yourself a priority or you won't be able to do any of the things you want to do. You're worth taking some time for you. Everyone needs it.

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OPTIMIST1948 8/17/2012 8:06PM

    Its hard because we expect so much of ourselves. I would say that you need to get yourself one of those hourly planners (dollar store! or there's got to be an app if youre a SmartPhone person) and actually BLOCK OFF TIME for each task. Workout from 7:30-8:30, shower change travel to work by 9. Work until 4pm, etc. etc. etc.

There is nothign wrong with planning time for yourself, and there is nothing wrong (commendable!) with wanting to do a good job at your internship. And its important to nurture our relationships, both romantic and friendly. Clean laundry and grocery store runs are important too. Sometimes, in order to get it all in, you need to just alocate the time and tell the other stresses to "butt out!" because its not their turn. Their turn is at XX Time.

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NATPLUMMER 8/17/2012 12:58PM

    It's hard to juggle everything. I think you need to be selfish with your "you time"...workouts. Take the time you need. If they had issues with you regarding your internship, they would tell you. Your boyfriend would also let you know...the fact that he will fill your water bottle for you means he's happy that you're working out.

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Perfect End to the Stressful Week!

Friday, August 10, 2012

I should be heading out to work out but I just had to update you about my life in the last few days.

First, I started my internship this week. Boy, that is way more stressful than I ever imagined it would be. I stress about getting the marketing items done in time. I stress that I am not going to get enough hours. I stress about when I am going to work out. I stress that I am not getting my work done efficiently. I took today off.. it was marvelous. I decided from now on that I am going to take at least one day off during the week, probably Wednesday, for my sanity! I think I am going to set my hours 8-3 than work out after work.

Moving on, I have been stressed about money majorly! Yesterday, I decided to get a quick work out in before I train my client. As I was working out, we saw each other and she came to chat with me. I mentioned I was stressed about money and wouldn't be getting paid until Wednesday. I, than, asked her to get me my phone out of my bag. Later, I found $30 in my bag. I don't carry cash with me at all!! I know she did it. And, I am very appreciative. It meant I could buy food I badly needed. I, also, could put gas in my tank. I wish I could thank her but I don't want to embarrass her. Like my boyfriend said, if she wanted an acknowledgement, she would have gave it to me directly.

At the beginning of summer, she hired me to fit into a dress for her birthday party. Today is that night! And, my boyfriend I are attending! I am SO excited and proud of her. She has worked hard! She really wanted to show her personal trainer (that's me!) off! So, this will be a new experience for me. I thought my journey was alot of fun and honestly, miss it often. But, I love being part of her journey and seeing her work hard at it. It's alot of fun!

Anyways, I better get working out! After that, I am training a different client than off to the birthday party. Afterwards, my boyfriend, Mark, and I are going to the movies in the park and watch Dolphin Tale. We will probably meet up with his family at the park! So excited!

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NATPLUMMER 8/14/2012 12:30PM

I think the work plan sounds good...if you can get a weekday off, that is great.
That was really sweet that your client did that for you. I bet she'll get you some more work, too.

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MYLADY4 8/11/2012 11:50AM

    That was really sweet of her and she is probably so thankful that you got her in better shape then she was.

You are about to transition into the real world so hang on, it might get bumpy but you will make it.

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SHERYLDS 8/11/2012 8:28AM

    Have fun Savannah.
Glad things are working out for you.....
A sometimes a little stress is good, sharpens your ability to plan and organize your you can get even more done

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OPTIMIST1948 8/11/2012 7:33AM

    Network, network, network! Get yourself some more clients so you can train more and earn more $$. Get your workouts in while your clients are also working. (Not as good as focusing 100% on yourself - but gotta burn off that stress somehow).

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1CRAZYDOG 8/11/2012 12:24AM

    Dear Savannah:

Way to go! Sounds like you indeed had a wonderful end to a stressful week!

Know you're in my thoughts. Been so goofy busy here, but lost of stress, too with John deploying to Afghanistan on Monday. UGH.


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PATRICIAANN46 8/10/2012 6:34PM

  Hi Savannah..........
I am sure that your stress will lessen as you become more familiar with your schedule and expectations. Starting something new is always stressful until you have done it for awhile. Your idea of taking Wednesdays off should help.
Have a great time tonight!!! It sounds like a great way to wind down.

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