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Intro To My Class - 2nd try, new format

Wednesday, February 20, 2013


This is the slide show I am going to use to introduce both myself and the program to the class. Let me know what you think.

I also uploaded a copy on You Tube because initially the video on Sparkpeople would not process or took a long time to process. Anyway, that is fixed now.

You Tube link
youtu.be/3TeBdktZWvE

The class itself will be about 6 sessions, 1 hour each where we will go in depth on various topics addressing the common challenges with changing ones lifestyle and weight loss. Since anything other than basic nutrition is out of the scope of practice for a personal trainer, my focus will be more on the motivational and internal issues that we face on this journey and to simply pass on those things I have learned along the way.

Thank you for taking the time to watch and comment.

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KUTEY5041 3/8/2013 5:20PM

    it will be great

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HPSANDDOLLAR 3/7/2013 2:12AM

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CTMOM2KIDS 3/6/2013 8:40PM

    I wish I could take your class, Robert!! Very inspiring!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 3/3/2013 2:23PM

    This is excellent Robert!! your lucky students are in good hands!

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EFFRAYECHILDE 3/1/2013 11:57AM

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BLUEANGELLK 3/1/2013 7:06AM

    I agree with NEWTINK I would love to take this class!

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SPARKLISE 2/28/2013 1:20PM

    Love it! emoticon
Very well said, simple to understand and makes me want to do it!
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AUNTJAM 2/27/2013 4:36PM

    Your journey is inspiring, I think you are finding your place in the world as a motivational speaker and teacher. I agree with the above mentioned comments, especially side by side photos. I know this is an intro and will go more in depth in the following segments. I loved the flow of the presentation, hearing your voice for the first time! that was cool. Coming in last in your first race made my heart break but felt so proud of you at the same time. I would also touch on the fact that each person needs to listen to their own unique self. You know as well as anyone how your past and your mind can throw you off and those are different for everyone. Thank you so much for your courage in sharing and for listening to your heart.
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COFFEE_123456 2/24/2013 9:53PM

    Hi - this is great! It really hits on the challenge/work associated with the transition. I like your points about the 'new normal' at the beginning - great way to hit on that issue.

Perhaps add a little more about what got you going initially - your intro on where you were and how much you have lost quickly covers what had to be a lot of emotional ground. You do a great job talking about how you kept it going but pulling your students in at the beginning with some additional detail on how you started may be great too - that could be the point where they are stuck.

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COOKIE_AT_51 2/24/2013 6:52PM

    Very well done! You are going to be able to add personal fitness trainer to your resume soon :) emoticon emoticon

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SUNFISH25 2/24/2013 1:36PM

    This was great! You did such a good job of stating the issues people face when trying to make changes. The statement that hit me the hardest was about, "I kept adjusting to my new normal." That is powerful because it is something we all do - we get used to theses slow changes & don't even realise they are happening. Then one day we are shocked at what has happened; the change was so slow we didn't notice it. It is like the small crack in the plaster ceiling; too small to notice or fix until one day it all falls into the dining room. By then, the problem is so huge, we are frozen in fear and can't face the problem.

As for that first race. You may have been last with that group of runners, but you were in front of all the people who were afraid to try. Great job! emoticon

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GRAMPIAN 2/23/2013 10:32AM

  emoticon Good luck!

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MOM_VICKI 2/23/2013 10:22AM

    Nicely done - good luck with your class!

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EOWYNRUSS 2/23/2013 1:39AM

    Excellent presentation! I do agree with much of what Forbande said, we had many of the same points. to expand on a few: I do think you need a side by side photo comparison of where you started, and where you are now. Technically, they should be able to see the change to you in person, but a side by side photo drives the point home. Definitely include more of your struggle--the difference between what a book tells you to do and what you are telling them to do is your personal experience. Teaching them how to deal with challenges and embrace the struggle will set your class apart. People love the underdog story. If they don't see your struggles, they won't know how big the win is. And this is a small copyediting thing: when you said your trainer had to put up with a lot of whining, well "a lot" is two words, not one. You've done an incredible job so far. Congrats!

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MISSUSRIVERRAT 2/22/2013 5:23PM

    Great job. You are living proof that you know what you're doing and will have credibility helping others.

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NEWTINK 2/22/2013 8:22AM

    I so wish i lived closer to you I would take the class emoticon

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MARYJEANSL 2/22/2013 1:08AM

  Sounds good to me!

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SUSIEMT 2/21/2013 10:14PM

    I thought you did a wonderful job Robert! I am sorry I can't give you a better critique.

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REGILIEH 2/21/2013 10:08PM

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JUNEAU2010 2/21/2013 8:23PM

    I watched it and liked it. It reinforced my wish that I could attend your class! I viewed it as an intro and I loved the "about me" intro, including the pictures. If I were in your class and saw you now, without the picture, I would believe you are real. With the pictures, you have instant credibility.

I liked that statement about emotions and I need to think about that in my own life.

I look forward to reading how this goes!

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EENLIGHTENING 2/21/2013 7:34PM

    Awesome job! Congratulations on your success all the way around.

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LIVEDAILY 2/21/2013 6:36PM

    I have to say, that I'm envious of your students. You have such a wonderful, natural delivery and a calm voice. They will learn a lot from you Robert! Thank you for sharing this with us!!

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Awesome. You are going to have some very lucky students.

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    emoticon You're featured in the Spark Mail. What an honor. emoticon

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LIVELYGIRL2 2/21/2013 12:22PM

  You did an excellent job. So inspiring!!!! Loved it. Really did. I'm glad your sharing it with us!

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CICELY360 2/21/2013 11:44AM

  good blog

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GRIZ1GIRL 2/21/2013 10:59AM

    Very great job! Woo hoo!

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KARRENLYNN 2/21/2013 10:41AM

    Great Job! I'm glad you're doing what gives you joy and I hope your classes are a great success.


Have a great day!

Karen

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    Just watched the video. Your journey is very inspiring. I'm looking forward to seeing the rest! emoticon emoticon

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CEEMAY 2/21/2013 10:33AM

    SO inspiring. Thank you for sharing your journey!!

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LINDAKAY228 2/21/2013 9:51AM

    This is really great! It's going to be an awesome class and they will know that you have been where others are.

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NEWMOM20121 2/21/2013 9:02AM

    Congratulations. Great job.

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SIMONEKP 2/21/2013 8:42AM

    You're off to a great start. Some of the slides, especially in the begginning, have a lot of dead space and time. Maybe keep some of your bullet points up until you transition to the next topic. Your speaking pace is good.

See ATTACKFATCAT's comments re:nutrition.

Also, you talked a lot about your PT, talk about how you lost the initial 50lbs, not everyone in the class may be able to afford a PT all the time and they need encouragement that they can do it on their own if their circumstances make it impossible to have a trainer all the time.

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MOMMY445 2/21/2013 8:01AM

    the video is fantastic,Robert! congratulations! have a terrific day!

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OFGREENGABLES 2/21/2013 7:47AM

    thanks for sharing!

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TERMITEMOM 2/21/2013 7:38AM

    Watched it on You Tube. Great job! Thank you for sharing!

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