So I took a little leap of faith and spent a lot of money this week. Well, a lot being more than $40, because I’m frugal and work for a non-profit. Not a lot in the long run, I remind myself.
Here’s what I did: I enrolled to become a personal trainer with the National Academy of Sport Medicine. The NASM CPT is widely recognized as one of the top and most respected certifications in the industry. So basically, it’s like I’m going to Harvard. I always was an academic snob. But in truth, I did want a credential that is worth something, as opposed to some of the bogus quick and dirty tests you can take that don’t really test you on or qualify you for anything. I’m also doing an additional credential in fitness nutrition from NASM.
I’ve been thinking about this for a long time and I researched all the options for certificates. And then I put it off for a long time. And then I decided to just do it, already. I don’t think I’ll be quitting my day job just yet, but I already know I like helping people get fit, finding things they like doing, and teaching them how to it well (and without getting hurt). I know I’m a good teacher and trainer in other realms. Not that this is supposed to come easily or that I’ll be the bestest CPT EVAR but I’m starting from a good place and I haven’t been this excited about anything for a while.
So, another year, another adventure!
I was asked to be the godmother to my dear friend’s new baby daughter. My friend, who lives about 300 miles away, is trying to schedule the baptism and asked if I could make it up on March 17. I was speaking to another friend about this and said “I can make it up there, but I am running a half marathon the day before so it would be a busy weekend. He said “are you going to buy a new outfit for it?” And I said “Oh, I just got a whole bunch of new running gear.” (I do love some good workout gear.) He started laughing— he was referring to wearing something nice for the baptism. Had not crossed my mind. I’m sure he doesn’t really care what I’m wearing for a sweaty two-hour tour through DC. I told him it’s not responsible to have more than one possible antecedent to a pronoun.
One-third of the way through! And feeling good. I feel a little leaner (or at least, like I’ve lost my holiday bloat) and have been kicking up my cardio, which always makes me feel good. I definitely had a hard time when free bagels were offered to me yesterday (carbs…and FREE carbs…double trouble) but have managed to keep to the plan, for 99% of the time. Food-wise, I’m doing great. I am allowing a little skim milk for coffee and I did have a couple diet sodas. I know, it’s chemicals, it’s junk, it potentially causes cancer (like everything else), it’s bad for my insulin response, and apparently this week, for mental health but I’m not mainlining the stuff.
Besides, I didn’t go into this challenge trying to be perfect- I’m trying to be mindful, and eating food that’s actually, you know…food.I’ve found it to be remarkably easy in terms of what’s “approved” vs. not. If it comes from the ground or an animal, I can eat it. If it comes from a factory, not approved. I know, it’s not rocket science. eat food. not too much. mostly plants. But there’s a difference between knowing that intellectually and making the conscious decision at every meal time— well actually, before every meal time.
It made grocery shopping a breeze, though! Produce aisle, frozen veggies, and fresh lean animal proteins. In and out in a few minutes.
I do enjoy the odd Larabar for a treat. They’re sooo good. And most of them have only two or three “approved” ingredients with a base of dates that gives it a sweetness and consistency that tells my brain “this is a treat!” In fact, they are so delicious that it makes me suspicious of dates. They’re like cookies that grow in the earth.
As for my cardio commitment- I’m really excited to be training for a half marathon in 8 weeks and to have decent weather this winter. In fact, this weekend it’s going to be a globally-warmed 70 degrees here and I’m planning an 8-miler. I can’t wait. Shorter run with TRX class Saturday, long run Sunday, pilates-based muscle training recovery Monday, back to spinning Tuesday, boxing Wednesday, rest Thursday, spinning Friday and Saturday. Life is good.
Today I want to kill everything. Mostly things at work, so it’s a good thing I work from home on Fridays. I can’t say for sure if it’s all food-related, because there’s a lot going on at the moment. But I have had several moments of MURDERRAGE today.
I have been eating well, and sticking to the plan, and have some great workouts planned for the weekend (spinning and a 7-mile run, lungs-permitting). Bring on the cardio! And the Day 16 Tigerblood.
I’m lucky to have my coworker and good friend in on this Whole 30 experiment. Not only do I have someone in the office and accessible via text at any time holding me accountable, but she also set up a Facebook group so that we (and the group of people she knows from Tumblr who are in on the challange) can support each other.
It’s Day 3 for me, and I’m supposed to be in the hangover phase. I fear I’m doing it wrong…because I feel sort of okay. Although I guess I wasn’t really consuming too much junk before I started so there shouldn’t be too much to detox. Also, I feel pretty crappy anyway due to walking pneumonia or whatever lung infection I have (I am finally going to the doctor tomorrow!)
So far, I’ve cooked a ground turkey stir fry with lots of fresh veggies, and pork chops with sauteed onion, apples, pears and garlic. I am amazed to learn that I can cook! Okay, so maybe making two large meals to last the week may not make me a gourmet chef yet, but I’m pleased I was able to make a couple of reasonably palatable albeit very simple meals.
I also am on a two-day workout streak— this is practically a miracle after how sick I’ve been. But I made it through an hour-long spinning class yesterday and TRX class tonight. Since part of this paleo challenge is to get me back on track and feeling better about myself (the ever-present body image issue), and since I DO have 13.1 miles to run in 9 weeks, I’m going to be focusing on a lot of cardio over the next couple months. I actually love cardio, and I’m looking forward to this. Bring on the burn.
Tomorrow is Day 4, which acording to the Whole 30 guide, begins the three-day phase of “Kill All the Things.” Fingers crossed I make it through without getting fired…good things it’s the weekend!