Where I am today and My Fitness Resume!!!
Friday, January 21, 2011
If you are a Jade Dragon or follow my antics on Facebook, you may know I have been struggle to lose the weight I gained over the last year while dealing with a bout of adrenal fatigue as well as recovering from a few other injuries!!! I have been feeling really down about myself...even to the point of seeing myself as a failure!!! I have been beating myself up emotionally and mentally and it was taking a toll in every aspect of my life!!! In an effort to kick start the new year and hopefully get out of my funk, I started a 30 day vegan (caffeine free, dairy free, soy free, chocolate free, alcohol free, sugar free, gluten free, CUPCAKE FREE) group cleanse lead by Tony Horton's (of P90X fame) personal chef, Melissa Costello!!! After the first few days, I started feeling like my old self again...my energy level was through the roof and my foods craving and binges were completely gone!!! Well, I am on day 19 of the cleanse and I am feeling AMAZING!!! If you have questions about the cleanse, let me know!!!
As is the case with most people, when you start feeling better about yourself, the world seems to open up and things start to happen...at least that has been my experience!!! So as I'm looking through my inbox this week, I see an e-mail for Active Ambassadors looking for Fitness Advisers for a unnamed corporate wellness program that is helping it's employees train for their first 5k race in May. It seemed like the perfect job but they were only interviewing 6 people and selecting 4 for 4 different positions...running coach, relaxation coach, nutritionist and something else that has slipped my mind!!!
Well, I applied for a position was a nutritionist thinking this would be a great stepping stone into my new career as a Certified Holistic Nutrition Educator!!! I only had one day to submit the lengthy application. I was really nervous but sent it off anyway!!! The following morning, I received an e-mail stating I had been chosen for an interview!!! Happy dancing and big Woo Hooos when I read the e-mail...in fact, I had to read it several times to make sure I was reading it correctly!!! But as part of the interview process, I had to submit a FITNESS RESUME and an outline of a sample program I would implement!!! I was torn on how to write a fitness resume but here is what I came up with...after re- reading it, I again started to own my accomplishments...I can own how far I have come and what my true motivation is!!! For today, I no longer see myself as a failure and know in my heart the number on the scale does not dictate my worth as a woman!!! I wanted to share this with you in the hopes that putting this out into the universe will open the door for whatever amazing things are coming next!!!
My Fitness Resume
Let me start by saying I was never an athlete growing up, in fact, just the opposite. I was an overweight, clumsy and physically reserved teenager. Spent my early 20’s yo-yo in weight and by age 29, I was 280 pounds and showing the effects of weight related health problems. At 30, I began working out with a trainer and reached a healthy 130 pounds, but never really addressed the reasons why I ate the way I did. As is the case for many women, I ate to deal with my emotions. I continued to lose and gain weight for the next 10-12 years, working out when things were good in my life and letting that part of me get pushed aside when things got too hectic. Life had a way of getting in the way of my good health. In 2007, my mother was diagnosed with colon cancer and passed away 10 weeks later. Needless to say I was devastated by her death and promised myself I would change my lifestyle so this would not happen to me. I felt I had so much to live for and knew in my heart if I did not embrace a healthy lifestyle I would follow down the same path as my mother did.
In May 2007, I joined an online support site and worked very hard to change not only my eating behavior but also my thought process regarding food and exercise. I was not really overweight at the point. I had somehow managed to maintain a “suitable” weight for the past couple years but knew that I needed to become more physically active if I wanted to reverse the effects of all those years I had abused my body with poor food choices and a sedentary lifestyle. I started a daily walking program during my lunch break and added light strength training a couple times a week. I still did not see myself as an athlete and never dreamed I could become a runner. Up to that point I could not even run ½ a block without feeling pain. Through the online website, I connected with a woman who convinced me I could run, if only, I would do some things differently. I followed her guidance and soon found myself able to run. I was still walking daily but I was adding short bursts of running to those walks. Not very long after, while watching the LA Marathon on TV, I decided to register for my first 5k in April 2008. I ran the entire race (I was much faster back then) and felt such a feeling of accomplishment crossing the finish line; I knew I would have to do it again. I ran my 2nd 5k 2 weeks later. I ran a few more 5ks and a couple of 10ks in a very short period of time and then decided to train for my first ½ marathon in October 2008. It was an awesome feeling and I really started to embrace the athlete in me. Since running my first race in April 2008, I have completed over 29 races including 13 ½ marathons, 2 full marathon, a sprint distance triathlon, a marathon distance bike tour and the Hood to Coast relay. Race results are listed at www.athlinks.com Results for 1/16/10 Phoenix RNR ½ not yet listed.
I am currently training for the LA Marathon this March, the San Diego and Seattle ½ marathons in June and the Hood to Coast relay in August.
While I consider myself primarily a runner, I believe cross training is vitally important to keep myself injury free. I cycle 2-3 times a week, do yoga 2-3 times a week, lift weights 2 times a week and hike (weather permitting) once a week. And while I have had my share of injuries over the years, I have been able to keep up a full training schedule for the past 3 years.
Oh, I forgot to mention, I am down 10 pounds since I secretly weighed in on January 1st!!!
My interview is tomorrow at 5:30 (rescheduled from today)...Please send positive vibes!!!