Decisions decisions {help!}

by Kim on September 30, 2014

Hey guys! So like I mentioned yesterday, I’m tracking my food this week.

It’s going well so far, although kind of embarrassing to write down the number of times I grab one of the Shakeology cookies I made the other day (a shocking divergence from the usual energy bites). The way my life is right now, I just NEED something I can grab super quickly, and with one hand, just to tide me over until I have time to make a real meal.

The other thing I’m doing is trying to be more mindful of serving sizes.

Like, I had no idea what a serving size of these sweet potato chips actually looked like until I laid it out on the table.


(Brought to us by our new Costco membership! This is the “Late July” brand—which, by the way, confused the crap out of me when I was looking through the receipt and just saw “Late July – $5.99.” Like, is that some sneaky monthly tax Costco tacks on? And why is it the wrong month? Ha!)

Anyway, a serving size is 9 chips:


(Hand awkwardly included for size reference. And I suck at wearing my wedding ring lately!! I know this is going to sound so dumb, but it feels slightly hazardous for being around a newborn all day—haha. And now you’re probably envisioning a 5 carat diamond, and I’m not going to correct you…)

I also realized that the coconut oil I’ve been putting in my coffee every morning is adding about 100 calories to my day. I know I shouldn’t be surprised because, duh, OIL/FAT, but it’s easy to overlook things like that.

I’m not counting calories or anything, but I’d like to be a little more mindful about how many calories are actually in things. Like, for example, the pool of honey mustard dressing I just put on my salad for lunch… (I’m actually not ashamed at all. That stuff is incredible.)

Speaking of paying attention to things, did you know that kids are alarmingly observant?


As we were rolling up to the park yesterday, Mason goes “PURPLE SLIDE!” At first, I just said, “Yep, there it is!” But a few minutes later, I realized that, the day before, the slide had been grey. The park randomly got new slides overnight. I’m not sure how long it would have taken me to notice that, assuming I ever did.

But to him, this was a GLARING change.


He can also see fire trucks, ambulances, and dump trucks from a full mile away. I’m not sure how.

Josh’s rebuttal: ermmm, here’s my tongue!


Sooo guys. I have some decisions to make.

I just got back from a meeting at a nearby gym, where I was chatting with the group exercise coordinator about possibly joining their team. (!!)

Group exercise instruction is something I’ve been wanting to pursue for awhile (thus the PiYo certification this spring), and although I was originally (obviously) hoping to teach PiYo somewhere, the gym I interviewed at (which is literally 2 minutes from my house) mostly does the Les Mills format classes.

I love Les Mills, and their BodyFlow class is actually very similar to PiYo. As it turns out, they have a certification class for it in our area coming up in two weeks AND this gym just happens to be losing one of their main Flow instructors soon.

As if that isn’t all convenient enough, the coordinator said she was also interested in adding some prenatal yoga and barre classes to the schedule by the beginning of the year, both of which I’d have the opportunity to help out with.

She probably didn’t know that saying “prenatal” and “barre” in the same sentence is basically like flirting with me.

So at this point, my “foot in the door” would be the BodyFlow certification, and if that all went well, I’d have opportunities to branch out from there.

Here’s the decision: do I go for the BodyFlow cert, which is not cheap and not reimbursed, knowing that I’m not necessarily guaranteed a class, but also knowing that it could lead to other cool things? (The no guarantee is because the training is coming up so soon, and I’d have to register by tomorrow to get in, meaning there’s no time to audition for the gym before getting certified.)

My instinct is to go for it, but that’s always my instinct, and I know I need to be smart too. Plus there’s the fact that I’d have to be away from Josh for almost an entire weekend for the training (stress!!).

The coordinator assured me that regardless of what happened, I’d never regret the class. She said that Les Mills trainings were some of the best experiences of her life—wow! Quite a testimony.

So what do you think I should do??

Go for it?? Or wait for a later class (and potentially miss this window with the gym)?





{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Rosey Rebecca October 2, 2014 at 4:46 am

Oh! I hope you went for it! That’s so exciting. I love BodyFlow. Haven’t taken it in a couple years but all the Les Mills classes are wonderful, especially BodyPump!

And I laughed out loud about the wedding ring thing. I’m sure your ring is bigger than both your hands put together.
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ErikaMC October 1, 2014 at 3:08 pm

An opportunity is knocking and you need to answer!


Katie@LifesNextBigStep October 1, 2014 at 10:15 am

Ooh do it…it sounds like something you are really interested in and I think you might regret it if you don’t do it. Plus then I can live vicariously through you, since I’d much rather do that than my 7:30-5 gig!!
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Katie October 1, 2014 at 9:30 am

I’m not sure what support you have available through PiYo, but I think a second certification is very helpful, it gives you a wider base of knowledge, and you can borrow moves from one style to the other.
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Kristin @ A Mom on the Run October 1, 2014 at 8:19 am

I’d trust your gut and go for it!

And could your boys be any cuter?!?


Giselle September 30, 2014 at 9:37 pm

First don’t cut out your coconut oil! Cut back on your calories else where if you’re trying to cut back but that is such an awesome thing to keep into your diet especially when you’re breast feeding :-)
Second, go for it! I say go with your gut :-)
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Kim September 30, 2014 at 10:02 pm

Haha I won’t cut it out. Don’t worry! Just trying to get a handle on how many calories I’m actually consuming (too many OR too few).

Thanks for the support! :)


Presley @ Run Pretty September 30, 2014 at 7:48 pm

Would you enjoy the experience even if you didn’t get to teach it right away? I’m all about doing stuff for fun right now, so I think either way you’ll benefit from the class. :)

I think that was the most straight up response I’ve ever given you. I feel like I need to say something weird.
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Kim September 30, 2014 at 10:07 pm

I’m pretty sure I’d enjoy the experience but I’m not so sure I’d enjoy paying for it with no return, haha. Kind of weird/frustrating that the gym doesn’t help pay or reimburse for it, but I guess my other “real” jobs didn’t reimburse me for my college diploma, ha.


Ashley Pitt @ A Lady Goes West September 30, 2014 at 4:06 pm

Hi Kim! I have an answer for you — GO for the Les Mills BODYFLOW certification. Even though the intial certification weekend is just the beginning (you’ll have to film a video of yourself teaching the entire class after passing the weekend training to actually get certified), there’s so much you come away from a Les Mills training. I’m certified in BODYATTACK, BODYPUMP and CXWORX – three Les Mills programs, and I’ve gone to a bunch of advanced trainings as well. Les Mills is a global community, and even if you NEVER teach a BODYFLOW class, your eyes will be open to a flawless coaching method, well-researched movement and techniques and a world of resources by a global brand. I could go on and on and on. Do it. If you have specific questions, please let me know. Don’t even think a moment about the money it costs to go to training, because you’ll see it’s worth every penny and more.
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Kim September 30, 2014 at 10:08 pm

Thanks for the advice and support Ashley! It does sound like a pretty amazing community, and I know I love the workouts!


Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries September 30, 2014 at 4:04 pm

YES!!! Definitely go for it. Actually, compared to some other group fitness certifications, Les Mills trainings are relatively affordable. (I know, it still seems like a lot though!) Plus, I think Les Mills programs and instructor trainings are some of the most reputable and well done out there. I think you’d be an amazing BodyFlow instructor and I know you won’t regret it. And even if you don’t get a class right away, you can still sub and you’ll eventually get a class. Instructors let go of classes for various reasons all the time. I was told I would just be on the sub list at first with no guarantee of a class, and ended up with several way faster than I expected. DO IT! :)
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Kim September 30, 2014 at 10:08 pm

That’s really helpful, Ashley, thank you!!


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