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Today is a day of victory


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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Last night was an extraordinary proud moment for me. I have a client that just moved to the area from out of state and really didn't know anyone here. She was very shy and was scared to join a gym. She was not used to challenging herself. I met her initially through a Facebook post on another friends page and they were coaxing her to come out to a step aerobic class so I chimed in and then made it a point to go myself.

Over time we talked and I learned that she really wants to participate in a local color run 5k but it seemed out of reach. After watching her in step class over a few weeks I could see that she was very willing to push past the awkwardness of being new to the class and willing to roll with not doing every move perfectly, I knew she was the perfect candidate, I could see alot of potential.

Also being new to the area and just landing a job, she didn't have the funds to participate in the program. Money is NOT why I coach. i approached her and offered to train her for free if she would be willing to commit. That was a no brainer, she jumped on board and we started training about a week ago.

We did some basic testing to determine what her pace and run walk interval should be for her level, customized a training plan, and got to work.

The only way I can describe this is like you are watching a time lapse video of a flower blooming. All it took was nurturing with encouragement, watering with faith, light of guidance, and allowing her to train at her level while gently moving her to bigger goals.

We are bonding and it is one of the most rewarding experiences ever.

Last night I could really see her inner athlete wanting to come out. i could see the focus, the "look" as she dug in and figured out that her limits were not where her mind said they were.

We were both on afternoon shift so we agreed to meet a the gym at 11:30 pm last night for a session. It would have been easy for her to cancel after a rough night at work then to have to drive in a heavy fog to get to the gym... but she was determined. She took on new exercises on the TRX bands, and cable machine. We then did sprints up and down stairs. She was amazing.

The grand finale was when we did our running workout. We did run walk intervals for almost a mile while slowly increasing the speed with each round. Run one minute, walk 3 min for recovery. My goal was to get her up to 5 mph for 30 sec at the end but she surprised me when she wanted to keep pushing, she said it felt really good.

The final number.... she held 5.4 mph for 2 minutes straight! With her consent I took pictures and told her that this is a proud moment she will always remember... the night she did what she thought she couldn't, the night she broke her barriers.

What an athlete!




She is a champion in my book...

Nourish the heart, strengthen the confidence, and the body will follow.

I told her that it seems out of reach now but as you get more victories under your belt, a half marathon will not seem so crazy.

She took it in.. I could see the click. The inner athlete was listening.

I love coaching :)
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LORIVIOLA 7/23/2014 9:34AM

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JIBBIE49 5/9/2014 1:22PM

    Hugs

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PIXIEMOM13 5/9/2014 1:06PM

    Reading this gave me chills. And I think I remember these pictures from Facebook and makes me glad I commented on them (at least I think I did... you know how they say the mind is the first thing to go... lol)

Way to go! (For both of you!)

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NASFKAB 5/7/2014 10:45AM

  awesome story thanks for sharng

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JSEATTLE 5/5/2014 9:38PM

  Yay! What a grreat friend and cheerleader you are!

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CICELY360 5/4/2014 11:33PM

  wow

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IN102WIN 5/4/2014 6:28AM

    Very nice!

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WRITERWANNAB 5/4/2014 1:17AM

    How wonderful to be able to inspire & motivate like that! emoticon

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MCFITZ2 5/3/2014 11:57PM

    Thank you for all that have that inner athlete that you are able to encourage. emoticon

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AJB121299 5/3/2014 11:19PM

    Nice

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SLENDERELLA61 5/3/2014 7:23PM

    What an awesome, inspiring story. Thanks for being you. Thanks for sharing this story. -Marsha

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LAWANDMUSIC 5/3/2014 1:04PM

    Excellent!

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MAMAMOOSE54 5/3/2014 11:54AM

    Great story and so inspirational. We all have that hidden athlete inside us but many of us don't realize it until someone comes along who encourages us to take that first step.

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KATAMSTAR 5/3/2014 9:33AM

    What a Fabulous story - for you both! She has a lot to be proud of. I'm glad there are people out there like you to make a journey to fitness within reach emoticon

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LOLAJO54 5/2/2014 10:12PM

    wow
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SWEETRACHEL313 5/2/2014 10:07PM

    Thank you for sharing! I am so encouraged by your commitment to others! I think it is so amazing that you are helping others become fit and meet their goals. It is really uplifting!



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SANDICANE 5/2/2014 9:48PM

    Way to go!

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SIOL55 5/2/2014 7:24PM

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MARYJEANSL 5/2/2014 6:04PM

  How wonderful!

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MARYJEANSL 5/2/2014 6:03PM

  How wonderful that you were able to help her!

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LIZZIECA55 5/2/2014 4:26PM

    Good job, coach!

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MAPFARMS 5/2/2014 3:35PM

    Wow! That's awesome! Congratulations to both of you! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PREACHERLADY565 5/2/2014 2:17PM

  Thanks for sharing....victories are wonderful and better when shared

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COOP9002 5/2/2014 1:51PM

    Awesome job for her and for you as well. Blessings to you both as she makes continued progress.

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FAIRHAVENQUEEN 5/2/2014 12:42PM

    It's so great how doing something for someone else makes you feel great also! What a wonderful difference you have made in her life!

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  Good for you and her, coach! emoticon

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ANAKIE 5/2/2014 11:33AM

    Way to go coach!

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LCRUMLEY81 5/2/2014 10:15AM

  You can do it

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2WHEELER 5/2/2014 10:11AM

    Congratulations to both of you!

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REDSASSENACH 5/2/2014 9:58AM

    Tell her I was going to ditch out the gym today, until I read your blog about her. She's inspired me to work harder today.

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MOMMY445 5/2/2014 9:38AM

    a great job! woo hoo!

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NOTGVGUP83 5/2/2014 9:33AM

    you're a sweet and amazing person! This girl is freaking awesome! All it really takes sometimes is to find someone who believes in you and shows you that it's possible! I read this blog and it just makes me smile! Nothing is impossible when you beleive!

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LSPIZZA 5/2/2014 8:04AM

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SANDYCRANE 5/2/2014 7:13AM

    That would be great to have a coach like you. She is lucky she has you in her corner.

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CATIATM 5/2/2014 3:50AM

    Wow! That's a really proud moment in your journey. The student has become the teacher! emoticon

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WENDYANNE61 5/2/2014 3:31AM

    Wow, Robert - feeling really proud to be able to follow your story and your development! You are a very special example of how attaining new goals make people bloom into life! Your client will be feeling great today too!

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