I am going to do something I've been thinking about for more than two years now and mulling over in my head all that time... I'm going to train to be a personal trainer!
This is something I actually thought about way back when I was 19 and 20 and in college and even switched my major to something in that field for a while before returning back to focus on my art so, in reality, this has been in the works for a very, very long time.
For the last year or so I've occasionally brought it up and joked about it saying "if I were 20 years now I'd so learn to be a personal trainer" and then last week someone very supportive (you know who you are if you're read this) said to me, "Go for it! Why are you waiting? You're only in your 40's, you have lots of time to do something you love and are passionate about!"
So then I mentioned it to Charles and, honestly, I have no idea why, but for some reason I thought he'd think it was a bad idea. No idea why because he's always supportive and he was all for it. Even after I mentioned that it would cost money he still encouraged me and, really, that's all it took. That one little push towards something I've thought about for ages and something I'm really passionate about.
I really feel like I come from a great background to help other people who are are just coming into fitness or weight loss: I've lost a lot of weight, I LOVE working out, creating plans, planning workouts and researching new workouts and methods, philosophies, etc, I have chronic pain and illnesses and injuries that I work with and I'm older now so I may be more approachable to older or less fit people who may be interested in fitness.
I think I have lot to offer and I'm not looking for a full-time job or to make a great living or anything. I actually love the job I job I have now and have no interest in leaving it but I would love to help others who came from where I did... out of shape and having no idea where to start and feeling incredibly self-conscious and convinced I can't get in shape or lose weight or be strong. I think my trainer is pretty much my biggest role model and inspiration in all of this! She helped me change my life and I've never been happier. I want to give that back to others and I want to show other people, especially women, how much they can actually do and what they can accomplish!
I'm going to get trained and certified through NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) with a specialization in Corrective Exercise which is perfect for what I want to do. I also get to do 80 hours of hands on training which should help me a lot! I am slightly terrified over the final exam (64% passing rate) that I'll have to take in six months but I'm smart, I love learning (and, gosh darn it, people like me ;) ) so I think I'll be okay.
Eventually I also want to get special certifications in things I really want to focus on; forms of yoga, possibly Pilates, things like that, but for now my focus is the NASM training!
I'm getting started today and I'm already signed up to complete my CPR/AED (external defibrillation) Certification this Sunday (it's one of the requirements).
I'm really excited about this and I can't wait to start learning! Everything else I do is remaining the same: I'm still doing keto and working on losing the rest of the weight, I'm still going to do my workouts at the gym and home, I'm still doing the yoga challenges, the only thing that's changing is I'll be learning and studying something new!
So, that's my big announcement! Please wish me luck as I start out on this journey and I'll keep you guys updated as I go!