Well, here I am, 2-months certified! I have a small number of clients & training is going well. At the moment, I’m in the throes of figuring out the business end of things and preparing to renovate space in our house into a fabulous workout studio. The current workout space is very bare bones but completely functional – and until the new studio is finished (probably in June), the existing area is working out just fine. My new equipment was delivered a couple weeks ago and I love it:
So versatile – you can work every muscle group in every possible way – the only limitation is my imagination. I’ve also attached a TRX suspension trainer to the pullup bar, which allows my to challenge my clients even more. Woohoo!
I’m still working on the weight loss. I’ve averaged a loss of about a half-pound a week for the past couple months and am currently at my lowest weight in 8 years. Progress, but like anyone I just wish it would move faster. The way I’m eating right now gives me energy and is sustainable in the long run so I’m trying to look at it as if I’m already in maintenance – I’m just eating to maintain a much smaller body. I’ll get there eventually, it’s just going to take awhile.
I still struggle with the fact that I don’t project the image of a typical personal trainer! I’m still 50 pounds above my desired weight, and although my body is strong and fit, it doesn’t necessarily look that way to the casual observer. Just this afternoon I went to a local fitness equipment store and asked the man at the counter if they allowed personal trainers to leave business cards. He said yes, and when I opened my purse to pull out my cards he said ‘Are YOU a personal trainer?’ The emphasis might have been real or imagined, but I’m so used to skepticism about my athletic abilities from strangers judging a book by its cover that I usually just assume others just see me as a fat girl who probably couldn’t walk a 5K, let alone run the entire distance or even *gasp* finish a triathlon. I recognize that this is MY problem to deal with, and I can choose to care what others think or just believe in myself and not worry about it. 95% of the time I choose the latter but some days my confidence goes on holiday and I feel like I can’t be successful as a trainer until I fit the mold.
For those of you that saw my earlier post on deleting my entire website by accident (and thanks to those that commented and said hello!) – I’ve managed to restore the entire website (with the exception of my last post). Phew. Lesson learned – always backup your website!