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CERTIFIED!!!!!!!!!!!
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Sunday, December 02, 2012


I passed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I finally took my ACE Personal Training Certification yesterday, and I am thrilled to say that I am official!! This whole process has been really interesting. I decided to get certified because I love working with my trainer and wanted to help people feel good about themselves. My entire outlook has changed since I started seriously working out, and I want give others a chance to change as well.

I've been incredibly lucky during this whole process. My trainer "trained" me in being a trainer. There were lessons in the workouts that we did, and I learned a lot. I also had a few wonderful ladies who let me "practice train" them, and I learned a lot from working with them. Often experience teaches more than the books do.

The studying part was difficult. My schedule is packed. My kids demanded my attention (always while I was trying to study). I got off track numerous times, and I got overwhelmed and hopeless a few times as well. In the beginning of October (after a month of not studying at all) I decided that I needed to set the date for the exam. I knew that without a definite goal I would not complete this course. I chose December 1st, circled it on my calendar, and hit the books with more dedication than before.

Going into this test I felt confident. I was stressed, of course. This week has been a rough one for many reasons, and the exam definitely added to my stress. Instead of being pessimistic like I usually am, I went into this believing that I would pass. I knew that I had worked hard, and I knew the material. I kept my thoughts positive (even when I had to lie to myself) and tried to stay calm.

I did panic a little when I started the test. I blanked and suddenly couldn't remember anything. I had to stop, take a few deep breaths, and calm myself. I had 3 hours to complete the test, and I read each question carefully. I flagged the ones I wasn't sure about and went on. I went through the whole test twice and the flagged questions a third time. When I was satisfied, I submitted the test.

I'll admit that my heart was racing when I clicked submit. Of course, to add to my nerves, I had to answer a short survey on my testing experience before I could get my score. That's just mean :) Finally, I got my score and saw that I had passed!! I can't explain the relief I felt.

I am so excited for this new chapter in my life. I can't wait to see where it leads. I am also glad for a break from studying. I want some free time and to have a social life again. I want to meet the girls for coffee and spend 3 hours talking.

I'm giving myself until after Christmas to just relax. I plan to focus on some writing projects that have been waiting for me. It will be great to write again! After Christmas I begin studying for my Health Coach Certification, so I can help people with their diets as well. Weight loss is 80% diet, after all.

I don't usually like to toot my own horn, but I will briefly this time. I'm really proud of myself for seeing this through. I have always been proud of the fact that once I decide to do something, I get it done. There were times during this when I thought I might give up, and I am so glad I didn't. I am so excited for 2013.

I don't blog on SP nearly enough, so if you want to follow my full journey you can do so here: fitem.blogspot.com

Four years ago I was 262 pounds, lonely, miserable, and not living my life. I never would have believed that I could be where I am today. I can't wait to help others make the same kind of changes!!
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BEATRIZ269 1/16/2013 2:08PM

    Bravo!! Very inspiring story. Please continue tooting your own horn. Yay! emoticon emoticon

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CARLANNIE 12/16/2012 8:15AM

    I'm way behind on catching up with my SP friends, but this news is absolutely amazing - CONGRATULATIONS! Very exciting. I am seriously thinking of hiring a personal trainer after Christmas - do you make house calls???

I sat down and mapped out my direction for the next few months - you can see it in my post. I really, really want to be a success story like you! emoticon

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CATS_MEOW_0911 12/6/2012 7:24PM

    So proud of you!

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STRONGMOMMA2014 12/5/2012 8:39AM

    Congrats! That is so awesome!

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KELLEY106 12/4/2012 11:03AM

    Congratulations on a job well done. Who is that new person in the mirror?

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CHANGINGSAM 12/3/2012 3:28PM

    So proud of you! emoticon

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TESS504 12/3/2012 10:38AM

    emoticon Great JOb!!


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HEIDI-25 12/3/2012 10:37AM

    Wonderful!! Congratulations on a well deserved goal being reached. Enjoy the holidays with family and friends- you have earned it.

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FLUTTERFLI 12/2/2012 10:36PM

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LLBLOVER 12/2/2012 7:56PM

    That's wonderful! Congratulations!

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APED7969 12/2/2012 4:12PM

    Congratulations! That's fantastic news. You'll be a great trainer :-)

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FIT12BEE 12/2/2012 4:07PM

    You are spreading amazing inspiration!! emoticon

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CROWDGOESWILD 12/2/2012 3:44PM

    Congratulations!!

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RUBY_TUESDAY21 12/2/2012 3:23PM

    Amazing! I'm so happy for you!!!!

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ILIKETOZUMBA 12/2/2012 3:03PM

    That's fantastic!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!! I mean, I never doubted that you'd pass with flying colors, but I'm still so happy for you!! GREAT job, and I'm proud of you too! Bless you for wanting to help others get healthy just like you have. You are absolutely inspiring!

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GIANTMICROBE 12/2/2012 2:32PM

    This is too awesome for words!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!R>
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