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!!