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What I'm Focusing on Right Now

Like I have mentioned before, I was unhappy when gyms closed due to the recent pandemic. I was actually just about to join one to work on one of my goals- lifting heavier and was excited to be able to use equipment I don't have access to at home.
    Despite what is going on right now, I have been doing well working out at home. I have been creating my own workouts using the weights I already have and have had time to do many things I wouldn't have been able to otherwise.
     Lately, I have had time to walk, bike, and run on the Greenbelt next to my apartment. I have also done hiking nearby too. What I'm especially thankful for is that I don't have a time limit to workout so I'm often out for over an hour at a time working out and
enjoying the scenery around me.
     If you have felt upset about gyms closing too, I understand. I wanted to see progress in my lifting ability. It would have also been nice to be able to apply my new knowledge as a personal train…

How I'm Furthering My Education Since Becoming a Personal Trainer

Since becoming a certified personal trainer in March, I have had extra time on my hands. Three weeks to be exact. This has given me time to take multiple classes. I’m actually almost done with my recertification classes that aren’t due for two more years. This is what I have been working on lately:
1. I took a couple of classes about becoming an online personal trainer. The day after I became certified, I watched a webinar by NPE called How To Lead Your Business through COVID-19. This workshop talked about how to move your fitness business online as gyms were starting to get closed throughout the country. I also took a 3 day masterclass called How to Transition to Online Fitness Coaching by Amanda O’Mara on Facebook. It gave me a lot of ideas and tools I could use to start a new business. Right now I’m just not sure if I want to start a business. I’m still trying to decide.
2. I have finished almost 4 recertification classes. Even though I don’t have to take recertification clas…

What I'm Dealing With as a Newly Certified Personal Trainer

This week I had cause for celebration. I officially became a NASM certified personal trainer. But during the same week, school was cancelled temporarily so I didn't have work. School might even be cancelled for a longer amount of time due to the Corona virus. I’m just waiting for an announcement next week. I was also unable to join a gym to start implementing what I learned as a personal trainer. So what am I doing right now? I’m trying to make the most of my situation with the tools I have. I actually have quite a few pieces of equipment that I have been using to workout at home (my apartment) for 5 years- a yoga mat, weights ranging from 2 to 12 lbs, and a foam roller. I also have been working on creating my own workouts lately and have access to Youtube, several workout guides, and a workout game called Ring Fit. Next week, I’m looking forward to starting Love Sweat Fitness’ Spring Slim down challenge. I wasn’t sure if I was going to participate in it before, but it sounds like …

What Helped Me Meet My Goals This Year

This year, I was able to meet several of my goals. These are people/groups that helped me do it:

1. First of all, I set goals in 5 areas of my life using a goal setting video Yoga with Kassandra on Youtube made. 


   This video helped me celebrate victories from 2018 while setting goals in five different areas of my life for 2019. I thought it was super inspiring because it didn't just focus on health and fitness goals. It also focused on having goals for relationships, creativity, and spirituality. If you would like to watch this video and see what I mean, search for Yoga with Kassandra's Year End Review & Goal Setting Session on Youtube. She also has fun yoga workouts on her channel as well.

2. I joined a Facebook group called the Debt Dump Challenge to help me stick to my student loan pay off goal for the year. 

     In November 2018, I found out about a Facebook support group called the Debt Dump Challenge which was made by people who are from Boise, Idaho and go …

How I Save Time Planning My Meals for the Week

If you are anything like me, you like to plan out your meals so you know what you are going to eat and like to save money. However, you might feel like meal planning will take too much time. That is why I thought I would share how I meal plan with you.

Here is how I do it: 

1. To save time, I only plan 3 dinner meals & 1 Sunday breakfast meal each week. 

     I used to plan 7 dinner meals every week, but I found that it was tedious and time consuming. Instead, I plan 3 meals and buy a few easy to cook meals like frozen dinners, soups, salads, etc. That way, I don't spend a lot of time planning and cooking 7 meals a week.

2. For the other meals (breakfast and lunch), I buy similar things each week. 

     Because I buy similar things every week for breakfast and lunch, I just check the fridge and pantry to make sure I have enough bread, cereal, snacks, etc. That way, I don't have to plan very much.

3. After I decide what 3 dinner dinner meals and Sunday breakfast I want …

Why I'm Not Trying to Lose Weight Right Now

There is nothing wrong with wanting to lose weight if you are overweight or want to look more toned if you are already at a healthy weight. I actually wouldn’t mind if I lost more weight or had more defined abs. But I’m not focused on losing any more weight right now. 
Here is why:

     Right now, I am 5’4 and weigh 140 lbs which is a healthy weight for someone my height. I could try to lose more weight or try to lower my body fat percentage to look better. However, I don’t want to focus on losing any more weight right now. That is something I was focused on (and was at times obsessed with) for several years and I would rather focus on being healthy right now since I am at my goal weight.
What I’m Focusing On Instead: Instead of trying to have a perfect body, I am focusing on being healthy. I do this by eating healthy food and working out 3-6 times a week.

Why I'm Writing About This: I am writing about this to inspire other people to be more body positive and focus more on maintain…