Monday, September 10, 2012
Most of you know I am dating someone. Not really a news flash. Well, Mark's mom is slow and has diabetes. He lives with her and takes care of her. He tries to make sure she eats right. Since he moved in with her a year ago, he got her blood levels to start climbing down from 500. She is supposed to be around 110 for her age.
Well, yesterday us three went to a church picnic. It has donuts, cookies, pies, cheesecake, pasta salad... not a good place for someone with diabetes. We all ate things we should have not ate especially myself.
After the picnic, I went to work out. Mark and his mom came with me. Before we went, I got his mom to check her blood. It was 380s. When we came back, I got her to check it again 190s. That was the lowest it has been at.
This was a twice fold victory. One she doesn't like to check her blood even once a day. And, it was at the lowest for a really long time!
So, even through I gained 10# from my goal weight, not a good feeling at all, it IS a real good feeling to know I am helping them by leading by example of a healthy lifestyle. This is what I really enjoy doing... helping people change their lifestyle so they can enjoy life better.
Health is precious. At the picnic, we listened to person after person ask to be prayed for their health. Some had some serious health conditions that has no cure like Graves disease, cancers, leukemia. Take care of YOU! We have only ONE body for the time we are here on earth!
So, if you are procrastinating on going to the gym, GO! Go to the gym because you need to be healthy for you, your children, your grandchildren.
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...
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 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. 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!
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.
If I can get my boyfriend to take some pictures, I will post them here. For now, measurements will work!
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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