Sunday, December 01, 2013
I created a Facebook "like" page the other day. I already had a group on there called "Total Fitness: Mind, Body, and Soul" but I wanted to make a page where I could share articles, diets, workouts, etc that would be public. I am hoping that it will also be a good way to start Health Coaching! Come visit my page on Facebook when you have time (and send me a message to let my know you're from Sparkpeople!) www.facebook.com/totalfitnessmindbod
yandsoul and share it with your friends! Thanks!
Saturday, November 30, 2013
This was our first year doing a 5K as a family, and we figured what better race than a Turkey Trot! We found one in Ann Arbor, MI (my husband's favorite city, he's a HUGE UofM fan!) We decided that my husband would run with our youngest son (Josh) and I would run with our oldest (Adam). Adam has juvenile arthritis, so we were unsure how much he would be running for it. I was just praying that we would finish the race (even if it was by walking most of the race!)
We headed to Ann Arbor bright and early. When my alarm went off at 5:15am, I thought "What was I thinking?!?!" My husband was so sweet, he had coffee and a bagel ready for me.
Here's the starting line:
It was COLD out! The race started about 20-30 minutes late since they had a "tot-race" first and had to finish for all of the kids to finish. I was wishing I had brought a scarf!
They gave out t-shirts (and they had extras from last year so we each got one of the old ones too), Emergen-C boxes (they gave us 2 that had 30 packets each), and we each got to pick a "hat." Adam picked a Santa hat, I had reindeer antlers, and Jon and Josh had turkey legs! We decided to wear the hats for the race (I would say that about half of the participants did).
Jon and Josh finished first (but Jon said that we weren't too far behind them).
I was SO proud of Adam. He ran quite a bit! Every once in a while he would say, "OK, I have to walk for a while" and I would tell him ok, then say something like "We'll run again when we get to that next stoplight." I just kept encouraging him and telling him how awesome he was doing.
The boys after the race (kids 13 and under got medals~ they were pretty excited!)
They have decided that they want to make this a family tradition and do it again next year.
Monday, November 04, 2013
Yesterday my husband was telling me that as he's been praying he feels that we are on the verge of something big, that there is something more in store for us. He said he wasn't sure what it was yet...
I brought up my desire to start my own business helping women become healthier (physically and spiritually). Whenever I have brought this up in the past, he either changes the subject, doesn't say anything, or says that it will take too much time... So lately I haven't mentioned it and have stayed busy doing other things (working, studying for work certifications, exercising, etc). Lately I have felt a strong pull to get back to looking into this... I'm not sure exactly what I am looking for. I want to help women with their diet and exercise plans, but I also want to help them with their relationship with God.
Tonight as I was doing some research, I ran across a lot of information on becoming a health or life coach. It gave lots of helpful tips as to how to get started. One thing that was holding me back before was cost... I would feel bad putting a bunch of money into something that doesn't take off. As I was researching tonight, I found some articles that said you can learn to do this for free. That you just need a "computer and library card." I practically live at the library, lol. It's such a great resource, and I actually have a couple books that I am needing to pick up this week on goals by Brian Tracy. I also found a site to make a free web page, so I have been playing around with that. The site said it is free and seemed pretty easy, hopefully it will not be one of those that after 30 days they want money to continue to have the site be active.
My plan that I have on the site so far is to provide menus/diet plans/grocery lists, workout plans, and weekly devotionals with scripture memorization. I'm not sure what I would charge. The pricing online seems much higher than what I would charge just starting out. I would give the devotionals free with any other paid subscription. I set up a weekly or monthly payment plan (by the month actually gives you a week free).
I haven't "published" the site yet since I still need to talk to my husband and figure out the rest of the plan, but I feel like I have made a lot of progress tonight. Now when I go to talk to him I will actually have a written plan, which I think will make him feel better about the whole idea.
Saturday, November 02, 2013
My plan was to go to Weight Watchers this past Wednesday to weigh in, but my youngest was home sick that day so it didn't work out... I ended up going on Thursday. I almost didn't go that day since it was my husband's day off and I had to work on Friday (his other day off) but he said he didn't mind. I "lost" 1.2 pounds, however I don't think it was an actual "loss." The week before I had a full glass of water and worked out, and this time I went on an empty stomach and hadn't worked out yet. But it was still encouraging to see those numbers go down
I have written down a goal for myself to lose 4 pounds by Thanksgiving. That's just a pound a week, but for some reason those last few pounds are always the hardest to go away! I will be tracking 100%, staying within my points and tracking workouts. The working out part is not hard at all for me, since I love to workout. Eating is a bit harder, I tend to be a stress-eater and have been under a lot of stress with work lately... And trying to balance everything at home on top of that. But I do feel good that I made a GOAL and wrote it out! I think that is KEY to accomplishing something!
This week I will be switching to a different day for the Weight Watcher meetings. I start my new shift this week! 9:00-5:30 (2 days one week, and 3 the next, although I plan to pick up an extra day on the 2 day week). I was on 10:30am-11:00pm and it just was NOT working out with my family. Although there is talk of a realignment at work, and I am the last person in seniority for part-time people, so I have no idea what that means for me. The director (who is an interim one hired by the hospital and is "supposed" to be leaving in January) is wanting to switch everyone's schedules to 8-hour shifts and change all of the hours for positions. It could be something like 12:00-8:00, 2:00-10:00, 3:00-11:00pm, etc... I'm totally bummed because I don't want to go back to the evening shift, and am worried that by being the last on the list I might have to (or even worse, end up not having a job since hospitals are making a lot of cuts right now!) She had a meeting a while back and said she wanted the changes made by the December schedule. I haven't heard anything else about it. We would normally be getting our next month's schedule by now. It's a horrible time of year to spring a huge change like that on people since many already have their holiday plans made based on their current hours. I'm praying for favor, and that this whole thing blows over and doesn't happen! Otherwise I may only get my "new shift" for a month... I know that God is our provider though and that He already knows what is going to happen and can change a bad situation into something good.
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