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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Yesterday I put it out there that I was thinking about becoming a Personal Trainer, or at least getting certified. I guess I still have that Unfit Girl Mentality, because the first thing that went through my mind was "are you kidding me? *me* be a trainer? HA!" But I got such great support... Spark is helping me to see who I've become instead of clinging to who I once was.

I think it's important not to forget where we started, but it's just as (or more) important to embrace the people we've become.

So you all have inspired me to do some horn-tooting here.

Why I'd Be a Great Trainer
- I have great form when I do weights.
- I'm very organized.
- I'm super positive! (Which isn't everyone's cup of tea, but there are people out there who would want that!)
- I have my own story of eating right and working out to get to a healthy weight. No pills! No crazy diets! Just hard work, proving that it CAN be done!
- I'm very interested in how the body works. Since I started going to the chiropractor and running, I've been fascinated by everything working together like it does.

What a great goal this would be for me... I'm going to ask my gym tonight what they look for when they hire a trainer (certifications), and go from there.

Today:
- water water water (I'm back to wearing my Silly Bands, and they helped SO much yesterday)
- Yoga after school (snow, please stay away until *after* my yoga class)
- Cross some piddly stuff off my to-do list

Have a super day!

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SPLASHDOG1 1/25/2011 1:44PM

    I'd hire you! I agree, sparker support is really outstanding! Good luck with your certification process and definitely let us know how it goes!

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GSDMIKE 1/25/2011 1:18PM

    Good luck with the PT certification. I guess some day I could see myself being a running coach, but I'd probably even need to learn how to hold a dumbbell before I could do that.

And I think you'll find that there are a lot of people who want a positive PT, not a drill sergeant.

"Drop and give me 50, you slimy worm!!!"

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ONECOOKIETWO 1/25/2011 11:28AM

    Cari,
I think you WOULD be absolutely great as a personal trainer. And if some people are put off off by super-postive people,then that's their problem. And I do believe that anyone who is put off, may quite well have a weight problem that they can't seem to resolve successfully.
Keep me posted on your success in this new field!
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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 1/25/2011 11:13AM

    emoticon I say go for it.

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PINKCOCONUT 1/25/2011 10:06AM

    And then you can move to Toronto and be MY personal trainer!!!!

I like this idea!
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But seriously though, I think it's a great idea. You'll be awesome!

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PSHANKEY 1/25/2011 9:15AM

    Please let us know how it goes.

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COOPSM 1/25/2011 9:06AM

    Carrie----awesome!!! I must have missed that blog about thinking of becoming a trainer..you would do great with it......
Love it and hope you pursue it....

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SEPPIESUSAN 1/25/2011 8:37AM

    I can't imagine that being super positive would ever be unhelpful for a personal trainer. Sounds like you have all the right qualities to me. Exciting!!

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RAWKNRUN 1/25/2011 8:24AM

    THat's how I started! I have been working at my gym for about a year and a half now!

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CASSIOEPIA 1/25/2011 7:56AM

    ((but I thought you were secretly wishing for snow - giggles))

Carrie,
I love your positive-ness, and think it would be a great asset for a trainer. Congratulations on taking this step forward. You are no longer that unhealthy, unfit person. You are a strong woman, very capable of helping others to reach their goals. SHOOT FOR THE MOON!
Judi

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BIGDOG18 1/25/2011 7:55AM

  Good luck!!

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How can I still be sore???

Monday, January 24, 2011

Saturday was my first Body Pump class. It was PACKED! There were 30 of us squeezed into the workout room, but all the extra equipment was out in the hall so it wasn't too bad.
I didn't really know what to expect - I checked out the bar and the weights, thought "well this isn't too heavy..." So off we went. Great music, and the best part is that the moves are all in time with the music. I am a music teacher and nothing drives me more insane than fitness classes where the moves don't line up with the music.
There were a few parts of the class where next time I'll definitely have to up the weights, but there were definitely parts that were challenging. Today my biceps are hurting (that bicep song is tough!) and my quads are SCREAMING at me. Looks like I've been slacking on my lunges more than I thought.

So it was a great class. It is going to be added to the gym schedule in February, so I'm looking forward to many more sore days.

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So the last couple weeks have been all over the place, eating-wise, for me. I thought it would be really fun to start a tradition of having a Belgian waffle on a snow day. What I didn't count on is four snow days in three weeks. Last week we had two. I don't need to be eating two Belgian waffles in a week. And last week, my brother left for the Middle East to teach math. So I went to visit him and my mom before he left, and of course we just ate like crazy - taking in all the local food before he left. Pulled pork, pizza, SOS, chocolate cake... ugh. And the wine! I can't even tell you how much wine I've had in the last few days.
So this morning I got on the scale - AAAAAAHHHH. I don't really feel lumpy and bumpy, but I also don't like seeing the number on the scale slowly creeping up. This has happened before - my family has something big happen (last time it was my grandmother passing away) and I use it as an excuse to eat eat eat and not worry about whether or not it's healthy for me.

January has been kind of a "get back to the gym on a regular schedule" month, and I was going to use February as a "my body loves whole foods!" month, but I think I'll start that a week early. I am going to get back to the water wrist bands... and I have my clothes packed for the gym after school.

Have a super day!

  
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ONECOOKIETWO 1/25/2011 11:29AM

    You're a great example for me Cari!

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LAGREBE 1/24/2011 8:56PM

    On track again, good for you! And when the instructors are off beat, I work all the harder so that I am so worn out that nothing matters anymore other than getting through it, on the beat or off the beat.

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SEPPIESUSAN 1/24/2011 11:51AM

    Wow, you've had even more snow days than I have! (two full, one delay)

I have one Body Pump teacher who doesn't do the count right. She says "three and one" but does the moves exactly like a "two and two." It drives me crazy, I need to relax. :) I'm glad you liked it. And yeah, the lunges were the hardest part for me in the beginning even though I'd been doing my own version before. It gets easier!

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TORTUETOO 1/24/2011 10:29AM

    Ok, I'm with you on the moves/music lining up thing. I was a Music major in college and I'm dating a musician. If that doesn't make you OCD about being on the beat, I'm not sure what will, LOL. I LOVE my spin instructor but when we do jumps he is CONSTANTLY rushing. I'm glad to hear someone else shares my neurosis on this. emoticon

(PS - good plan on the eating. That's my #1 goal right now, too: Stop eating crap.)

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COOPSM 1/24/2011 9:20AM

    Carrie---you did good with the water with the bands..I know you will get back into it...
Gym or no?? I know you were still sore....

Have a great day....

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MUFFIY831 1/24/2011 8:33AM

    Yeah, Body Pump is a great class! Is it the Les Mills one? I haven't taken it in awhile but that AC/DC track is super fun. :)

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CHELLES_BELLS 1/24/2011 7:48AM

    Body pump is coming to my gym in about a month! I am sooo excited.

And I cannot agree with you more, fellow music teacher. When the music isn't in time with the spin class I take, I get really annoyed. I even try to do it all tempo, if I can.

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JUDYFRANCE 1/24/2011 7:40AM

    Good for you for getting back on track BEFORE any real damage is done. The body pump class sounds like a lot of fun - but rest between those classes!

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PINKCOCONUT 1/24/2011 7:26AM

    Sounds like you've got a pretty good plan to get back on track!

I've been meaning to try Body Pump for ages now, it sounds like an incredible workout!

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Sunday

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Yesterday:
- went shopping.
- had a really amazing dinner before the symphony. Butternut squash soup with curry and crab, cherry BBQ short rib over brioche, figs stuffed with gorgonzola and wrapped in bacon, pecan pie bar with ice cream. YUM
- visited with my mom. She needed a visit, and it was symphony night. She's really a bit of a mess since my brother left...

Today:
- took a looooooooong nap
- am having a really good dinner with my honey
- getting psyched up for this week's snowstorm

Tomorrow:
- morning gym (brrrrr!)
- drink all my water (four Siggs of water)

I'm considering getting certified to be a personal trainer. I think this will happen over the summer, but I want to get in contact with my gym to talk about what they look for in a trainer (not that I want to work at my gym, but just to see what they look for in general). This will make me more marketable when we move, and it will give me something else I can do. I've been thinking about it for a while... Brad likes the idea, too. And I think the summer will be the perfect time to do it.

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SOUTHGOINGZAX 1/24/2011 11:57AM

    You'd be an AWESOME personal trainer!

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PILLOWFOOL 1/24/2011 3:14AM

    I wish you could be my personal trainer. that would be the bees knees! I bet you're going to be great at it!

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SEPPIESUSAN 1/23/2011 8:43PM

    ...don't leave us hanging! How was Body Pump?? The dinner sounds delicious, and the personal trainer thing sounds really exciting! My BIL is going through the certification too...lots of studying!

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RUNNINGWILD 1/23/2011 7:20PM

    Having been one and having worked in a gym, I can tell you what they're looking for: YOU.
Someone who will take the time to learn how to do what it takes to safely help their clients get healthier. Someone with a positive energy that will motivate others to do as they're asked/told. Someone who walks the walk.
Like I said, you!
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ROOTIHAUSMAN 1/23/2011 7:08PM

    Sounds like you have a plan. Glad to hear that your life in balance. It seems like you have it altogether! Enjoy life each day! Thanks for sharing!

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Spark-a-Roo

Saturday, January 22, 2011

So today:

- Body Pump. I am super excited for this class. I've heard such great things about it, and my gym is finally getting the class. Yahoo! I had to register last week - it's going to be packed.

- Shopping. I haven't been shopping since the end of December. (Well, there was that one day, but that's nothing compared to what I usually do.) I put off getting some things I thought I *needed* because I wanted to see if I really did need them. And you know what? I didn't *need* any of the things I thought I did. But since today is a fun shopping day, I have a few things on my list that I want.

- Dinner and symphony with mom. This is a good weekend to have symphony - my brother left for Qatar on Thursday. He lived at home, so my mom was really used to having him around. She didn't really get a chance to plan - he applied for the job last Thursday, and one week later, he was on a plane. Phew! So I'm going to hang out with my mom for a while, help her get some stuff organized...

It is SOOOO cold. I can't even stand it. It's in the single digits and I am freezing!

Today:
- water
- stick to the shopping plan
- enjoy dinner (we're going to a place with really delicious food - I like to get a couple appetizers as my meal and have one of their incredible homemade desserts)

Have a super day!

  
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COOPSM 1/23/2011 6:00AM

    Can't wait to hear about the body pump class!! Hope you day was good with your mom....

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PILLOWFOOL 1/23/2011 4:33AM

    can't wait to hear about the shopping trip!!!! have fun with your mama :)

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CFMOSS 1/22/2011 10:21AM

    sounds like a great day - glad you can spend time with your mom. as a mom, i appreciate time with my daughter - enjoy AND the body pumper too.

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SEPPIESUSAN 1/22/2011 9:35AM

    I'm a diehard three-times-a-weeker Body Pumper! I am sooo happy you're trying it. By the time you see this you will probably already be done, so what'd you think!? I usually avoid the Saturday morning class at my gym because it's ridiculously crowded - I usually go T, Th, Sun. I love your restaurant plan tonight!! Yay dessert!

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BSTAKINGACTION 1/22/2011 8:13AM

    I don't have access to a Body Pump in my community, but some friends have taken it during the summer near their vacation home. They LOVE it. You're going to be one strong woman!

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Snow Day #4

Friday, January 21, 2011

Four snow days in three weeks - holy moly!

So it was, of course, another Belgian waffle/Maury day. What a guilty pleasure!

I managed to get my rear to the gym today. I got in about 45 minutes of cardio. Tomorrow morning is Body Pump - I'm excited to go. I'm looking forward to something new and different.

I drank lots of water today, and I ate pretty well (after the waffle).

Slept for a while... I think I'm trying to keep away some kind of sickness. Tonight is more couch time with some hot tea.

My brother made it to Doha safely. I took a personal day yesterday to see him off and be with my mom, and I'm glad I did. It was some much needed family time.

  
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RACING4ME 1/22/2011 3:02AM

    ummmm, do you have a lot of snow days because you guys don't have the equipment to remove it? Heck, we got 10 inches, and NO schools closed...dang, I think I live in the wrong place!!!!!

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PILLOWFOOL 1/22/2011 1:29AM

    I'm so glad that you got to see him off! Good to hear he's in Doha safely. I just checked the tickets and it would be a 1 hour flight to Doha and only cost about $60 USD! I hope he has a great experience there and that you get to visit him and maybe we can get together too :)

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