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I'm a Fitness Instructor!!

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Say what?!

That's right, I passed my PiYo certification class on Sunday and I am now an instructor at my gym! My gym director just announced to the class that I would be brought on as a new instructor. I am super excited. I don't think I've ever been this proud of myself. The birth of my son is up there but this is darn near close.

When I started my journey 6 years ago, getting a fitness certification was never a consideration. I never thought I could do it; never thought I could ever be strong enough or thin enough. But through Beachbody I've discovered my passion for helping others lose weight and stay in shape. I also learned that you don't have to in the best shape of your life to inspire or lead others. That passion and love for PiYo drove me to sign up for the certification class.

I was so nervous. I had no idea what to expect, but my game plan was to go in acting like I knew what I was doing. It worked.

It was a very long day, but so much fun. It was my first time taking a PiYo Live class (I've been using Chalene Johnson's DVDs). I definitely got a taste of the Kool Aid and it's soooo delicious!

The course started with an hour introduction, then we went into the hour and half PiYo workout. We worked up a big sweat! After lunch we spent time going over cuing, which meant repeating moves over and over. My legs are still sore. Eventually we broke down into smaller groups so we could do mock classes.

The hardest part about leading a PiYo class will be talking and staying on point in the music. I've been listening to the CD on repeat to get a feel for the phrases. I'm slowly becoming more and more confident. I just have to get in front of a group! That could be happening as early as Friday. ahhh!!!

It just goes to show, don't ever tell yourself you're not good enough to do something. The person who says "I can" and the person who says "I can't" are both right. The sky is the limit!

So what's next for me? I think I'll get my general PT certification. I have a connection with a PT contracting company. I was contacted by them last week about becoming a PT Director! The position sounded amazing but I don't know if I'm quite ready to leave my cushy government job yet. I feel it coming though. A change. Something fantastic!


  
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NEWBUTTERFLY76 10/11/2014 4:40PM

    Awesome!! Congrats!! There is a class up my way in December. I'm eye balling it. Seriously!! Lol!!

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REALITYCHECK86 10/10/2014 9:05AM

    YAYAYAYAYAY!!! Congrats, you should be proud of yourself!! I can tell how excited you are just reading this blog, and it makes me excited for you! I don't think I would ever be brave enough to teach a class, but I guess you never know right?! "The person who says "I can" and the person who says "I can't" are both right. The sky is the limit!" I love that you added that! Very wise. I can't wait to hear how your first class goes! Way to go!!
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FITWITHIN 10/8/2014 6:02PM

    emoticon on your accomplishment! I'm going for my Zumba Instructional License and I'm, so excited. Enjoy and keep celebrating! emoticon emoticon

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PiYo Certification and Other Distrations

Thursday, October 02, 2014

I just printed the manual for my PiYo Certification Course. I am super nervous, but excited. I think I'll do okay. I'm just worried that I won't be strong enough to make it throughout the day. It's a 9-5 class with a 30 minute lunch break. We have been warned to bring several pairs of workout clothes as we will be sweating a lot. Can't wait! I'll probably drop like 5 lbs. lol.

As nervous as I am, I still plan on walking into that gym with confidence. I may not be the most athletic or physically fit person in the training but that's okay. I am me and that is enough. I am enough.



In other news, I'm starting to feel overwhelmed. I'm trying to do too much and my workout routine is suffering as a result. I'm trying to develop a web site for healthy-living practices. It's going to be focused more on how to stay healthy while working in an office environment but that could mean a home-office environment, too. I didn't realize how difficult and time consuming creating a website would be. If I had, I wouldn't have started it, honestly. My dad, who's the Web Master for his company, will be coming over soon to help me get it up and running. When it's done, I'll share it with you all.

The leaves are changing here. Yay! I love Fall. I am making it my personal mission today to get out and enjoy it with a run! I need to do something just for me to clear my head and feel good about what I'm doing. I'm starting to lose focus because my focus has been divided on so many projects. Between coaching, my day job, freelancing, PiYo Certification, and being a mom and wife I'm going crazy! I need to start eliminating stuff from my calendar and working on my "blueprint."

I learned about the "blueprint" from Charlene Johnson, a Beachbody Trainer. She said that we all have these Vision Boards posted but very rarely do we create the map to get us there. Sound familiar? She suggested that we write out the plan, then take out our calendars and eliminate items that are not on our blueprint. For instance, did you volunteer to help out with a school fundraiser and immediately regret it because of time constraints? Now, I'm not saying to ditch the effort, but to try to avoid getting into the situation in the first place. If it's not going to help you get you where you want to go, then don't do it. Maybe you tell the PTA leader, "I'm sorry I won't be able to help out on Saturdays. That's a very special time for me and the family, but I believe in the cause so I'd like to donate some money to help." The reward is confidence, peace of mind, relief, and control.



I'm going to get started on my blueprint today. How can you turn your vision board into a reality?

  
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NEWBUTTERFLY76 10/2/2014 9:03AM

    Awesomeness about the certification!! There is one by me in December!! I'm seriously thinking about it!! You are doing Great!!!

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MJRVIC2000 10/2/2014 8:09AM

    Faith makes everything possible; Hope makes everything work; and Love makes everything beautiful! God Bless YOU! Vic.

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Day 19 of 21.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Today, I will make squash/quinoa soup. I've had to split the preparation over a day, which has worked out pretty well. Last night, I threw the acorn squash in the oven for an hour then waited for it to cool before peeling it and storing it in the fridge for later. Today, I'll throw is in the saucepan with the carrots, onion, garlic, and veggie broth (low-sodium, of course). When Matthew wakes from his nap, I'll throw it all in the blender. Viola! Dinner.

My 21 Day Fix is almost over. I decided to start a 7 day challenge group to keep the lessons I learned from the Fix into practice. I learned from my Sparkfriend--Joanne-1968--that setting small, weekly goals is the key to success overall.


What little goals will you set for yourself this week?


  
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REALITYCHECK86 10/2/2014 6:45AM

    Just saw this blog today. I've been having difficulty keeping up on spark this last week or so.. I usually go on while at work because I rarely have time to be on a computer at home, but last week was so busy, I tracked a little but that was it! As I'm sure you noticed, I rarely went on to the fb page, although I did read your posts off my phone daily for advice/encouragement. Thanks for everything. This blog contains good advice as well. I'm still working on getting my act together. I will continue to remind myself to never give up!
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Day 18 of 21 Day Fix

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Only a few more days left in my 21 day challenge. It's sad but exciting. Over the last 2 and half weeks I've lost 5lbs! That may not seem like a lot, but for someone with hypothyroidism that's huge! In January, I was 175lbs. Now, I'm 158lbs!! I finally busted my plateau and I'm looking forward to round 2.

This round, I'll be ramping up the stakes by incorporating PiYo into my workout rotation. I'm so excited to become a PiYo fitness instructor. I talked to my gym manager yesterday. She told me that one of the instructors wants to leave so she wants to put me in her spot. I'm so excited and yet so nervous!

Luckily, I have a strong support network. I sent an invite out to a bunch of my friends and family to see if anyone would be interested in participating in a backyard piyo session. I didn't realize how popular PiYo is right now. I'm going to need a bigger backyard. Some out -of-towners even asked if I could set up a virtual format so they could participate!

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Race a 10K. CHECK. (Pictures)

Monday, September 22, 2014

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I ran my first 10K ever yesterday. It was amazing!! My friend Amy ran with me. Thank goodness. I never would have made it up that last hill without her pushing me on. My longest distance before yesterday was 5.6miles, so I really didn't know what to expect from my legs yesterday.

We started the race slow, but then picked up to an 11minute mile pace at the 2 miles mark and kept it. We started to struggle at the turn around spot, probably because it was mostly uphill between miles 2-3.5, but at around mile 4 my legs went on autopilot. Before I realized it, I was running ahead of Amy, a marathon runner (!), at a 9:30 pace. It was at that point we had stopped chattering and just focused on the run. We were in the zone. I loved it!

Amy caught back up to me when we reached the dreaded hill at mile 5.5. After a yards, I had to stop to walk. I hated to do it, but Amy kept us going by clocking 1 minute run/walk intervals. We did that until we were almost at the top of the hill. We could hear the crowd at the finish line, which was on the other side of the hill. That gave us the SPARK we needed to full out sprint up the last bit of hill to the finish.

When we flew over the hill we saw local cheerleaders lined up on both sides of the finish line, cheering us on. I couldn't help but smile. Then, I saw my husband and my son at the line cheering us on and smiling. That made me giddy!

I looked down at my Nike+ app. I told myself that I would be happy finishing under 1:15 and would be thrilled with 1:10. You can imagine my surprise when I saw 1:07 on my clock. I couldn't believe it! Neither could my husband.

As we walked to the postrace celebration tent, Amy and I started telling Percy all about the race. When Amy told Percy that I pushed into another gear at mile 4 and that she had trouble keeping up, he looked over at me with a huge smile of pride. I've only seen that smile once before and that was when our son was born. It was a great feeling, one I'll never forget.


Amy and I coming over the hill.


Me waving to Matthew as we cross the finish. You'll notice that the race clock says 1:08 but I'm going to go with Nike+ ;-)



My inspiration.

Last year, when I ran the 5k, I was 175lbs. I finished thinking, "I could totally do the 10k." I'm so glad I listened to that voice and pursued it. This year, I ran the 10k at 160lbs. Next year, I'll run it at 150lbs and make it under 1:05.

  
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