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For the beginner, answers to your questions

So I’ve been a Personal Trainer for nearly 14 years. I have been in and out of multiple gyms in that time, heck sometimes even in a week. I have gone through at least a billion pairs of black gym pants. I have forgotten a ton of stuff. But the one thing I’ll never forget was walking into the gym for the first time (actually the two first times…..) I was in college the first time…..back before every girl was in the weight room. A few scary glances from a couple of big football types and I was outta there, not to return until I’d had my kids! It was one of those mega gyms because we needed a daycare on sight. Machines everywhere! People everywhere! Rules everywhere! Intimidating. Since this is the time of year people finally screw up enough courage to actually start exercising, working out or in general using someone else’s treadmill I thought I’d try to...
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My Transformation story. Part 5… I’m a fitness professional now!

Weird stuff. Had to figure out my style. Had to figure out if I could make a living at this. I got hurt at the airport. Not a kinda, sorta hurt…..the kind that puts you on workmans comp for a long time. I got further training in the fitness world, picked up quite a few specialties while I was on the mend. Had to leave the safety and security of a steady check from the airport and fly! Plot twist! I became a Bally’s Girl! I learned a ton in that big box gym. Until the whole, “I can make more on my own” bug hit. Floundered around a bit. Did well enough training and as far as my personal lifting, I came back to win a deadlift competition, 325#……it’s a lot for a 130# girl. Took up bike riding one summer, some freak storm came up and I stopped at a small coffee shop, put my card up and...
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My Transformation Story, part 4…Life Changer

I asked the trainer at the old gym for a recommendation of a new gym. He looked at me a minute and said, “you don’t strike me as a Bally’s girl, there’s a Powerhouse Gym in that area, check that out.” I did. Muscle gym. And they were relocating so I was put off for a few days/weeks. Then it was a big start up fee. But I just got my first credit card as a single…..I hired the trainer too! He was a “lift heavy and go home” kind of trainer. The weights he was telling me to pick up…..well I thought he was CRAZY! OMG! I was transforming! My butt was getting smaller, my back bigger and I was lifting some serious pounds! One day he asked if I’d ever thought of doing a bodybuilding show. I shyly admitted that it truly was something I’d always wanted to do. POOF! I hired a diet coach, mixed up the...
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My Transformation Story, part 3, Starting over Single

Moved out. Found a gym. Didn’t have a clue what I was doing. Did my free session with a trainer, got a nutrition menu (still have it…..wow I have evolved) Good news, I only eat what’s on the menu because I’m too broke to buy anything additional. Great news, there’s a daycare at the gym and my girls love going…..even better we live close enough to walk! And all spare time is spent working…..where I get to walk laps on my breaks! And since I’m on the late night shift I am able to climb the escalators (going the wrong way…..awesome stair climber). More good news….I only had to cook what I liked, not different meals for other people. Only clink in the chain….nasty divorce causing tons of stress and outside “stuff”. Guess we can’t have it all but this was a good time in my physical world. Met someone, moved across town. Had to find a new gym…..life changing...
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My Transformation Journey….Part 2, Adding Exercise

Turns out I was able to walk those 2 laps around the airport during my break. And most days after that whenever I had a break I would walk anywhere from 2-4 laps. Step 2, eat better. I got a book…..wish I still had it so I could see my journey even more but I leant it out and didn’t get it back. “Strong women stay slim” by dr Miriam Nelson. There was a pasta dish with a creamy sauce and veggies…..yum. (Not where I am now but sure was a massive improvement from Mac-n-cheese and hotdogs.). I measured my water glasses and kept a notebook by the sink to check off how many glasses I’d had every day. I began packing my lunch for work, lots of veggies, tacos, soups……so many little containers, some days it was overwhelming. Dr Miriam also said I had to lift weights. I hadn’t lifted weights since college, and even then we are talking...
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Vacation Recap, what worked, what didn’t

Oops! I’ve been back now for 2 weeks and people are asking how my prep all ended up…..so here’s the recap. So here is a blurb from the prep blog: Finally, I visualize and journal my vacation. Yes, for real. I see myself ordering room service coffee, sitting out on the balcony meditating. Then heading to breakfast where I will skip the stale doughnuts and get extra bacon with my eggs. After breakfast the hubby and I will stroll around the poolside track for 1-1 1/2 miles followed by a rousing game of cribbage! As he heads out to the casino, I will go up to the fitness center (this year there is a boxing ring!!) some years I hire a trainer just to see what they have for me and it’s like a challenge for them to try to kill another trainer…..I’m a little more careful about revealing that these last couple of trips😐. A couple of hours by...
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My Transformation, part 1, I DECIDE

What has happened to me? I was always the skinny one, the lucky one to be able to eat whatever I wanted. I feel so old. I am huge. I have to go buy bigger jeans. My work uniforms don’t fit; didn’t I just get a bigger size last year? I am sooooooo tired all the time, will I ever feel like I can do something besides work and sleep…..Sleep, sleep, do I really ever sleep? My clothes are so tight, I am so uncomfortable all the time. I can’t move. That was my daily, maybe hourly litany…..I’m so fat. I’m so tired. I’m so old. 18 years ago! Shoot, I don’t even think I’m that old now……what was going on with me!? I was 200 pounds. I had twin toddlers at home. I was working second shift outside at the airport. I cleaned my kids plates for them, ate what they ate….hot dogs and Mac-n-cheese, crackers and frosting, juice...
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Planning your vacation!

I am soooooooooo excited! We are heading out for our annual two week vacation to the Caribbean! While my bags aren’t packed (yet) I have an extensive list of what to bring (multiple swimsuits, throw away books, sunscreen….), what not to bring (strappy shoes, long pants….) and what needs to get accomplished before we go (you know, tell the bank you are going international so they don’t shut your credit card off mid vacation, stop the mail….) there is still a very important part to vacation prep work….. scouting the hotel fitness center and visualization of your healthy habits while on vacation. So first of all, we book out hotel (or ship when cruising) based on the fitness center. Is there one!? What is in it? Never rely on the pictures! I can’t tell you how often it looks like there is a full gym only to find a stationary bike from 1980 and a broken elliptical beside a “rack”...
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But it’s the holidays……

Get dressed, show up and “woman up” So you’re busy. It’s “the holidays.” You’ve got a lot on your plate; work deadlines, cookies to make, gifts to buy aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand You have to exercise and plan your meals! Seriously I hate this line. It is an excuse. The holidays consist of a day or two….I’ll even give you 4; thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Years Day. Is it a busy time of year, sure, and so is the week of July 4th, Memorial Day week, Labor Day week, fishing opener, deer hunting and my birthday. Need more, lets consult the local bank schedule….Columbus Day, Presidents’ Day, your anniversary and birthday. Give it a rest! Busy is what you make it. Priorities happen. If your health is a priority then that is what will get taken care of first…..first your meals are prepped and your exercise is planned, scheduled and done…THEN make cookies, shop for gifts….heck you probably got an inspired...
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Change where you shop, change your life. Reclaiming Radiance edition

Stuck in a rut? Tired of the same old same old for supper every week? Shampoo just not doing it for your hair anymore? Clothes just not looking right? Ready for a change but everywhere you go you see the same stuff that got you stuck? Shop somewhere else. That’s right, go to a store you’ve always wanted to try. You will see all kinds of new things. Remember when your favorite grocery store shifted everything around for no apparent reason, and all the sudden you had to slow down and really look up do down every aisle? Bet you bought more those first few trips. And saw products you didn’t even know existed. Why, because you were so programmed to go into the store, take a right and in aisle 3, one third of the way down the aisle on the middle shelf was the product you came in for….you didn’t even see the new section of coconut oils....
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