I’ve gotten this question a lot since I completed my personal training program last month, so I thought I’d just address it here.
Spoiler: working in a gym is not on the To Do list. Not that it never will be, but I’m not planning on quitting my day job anytime soon. (Which is probably good, considering I just got it.) This PT thing is going to be a side hobby, at least for the foreseeable future.
Plus, I’m the worst salesman on the planet. Trying to convince people at a gym that they need a personal trainer sounds like a special kind of torture to me.
Anyway, before I get into what IS on the agenda, I’m going to force you to endure a few random life updates.
For example: how awesome is my new desktop background at work??
So awesome that it includes the word awesome. New year’s inspiration FTW!
(Doesn’t it look like I just drew on my monitor?)
In case you’re interested, I downloaded that here.
You might have noticed the new Fav Fit Reads list on my left sidebar over there. That’s something I’ve been meaning to put together for a long time, and I thought long and hard about what to include. Of course Chalene Johnson’s Push is on there, and a bunch of Jillian Michaels stuff (#girlcrush), and Caitlin Boyle‘s Healthy Tipping Point book. My plan is to keep updating it (adding and removing) as I discover new health/fitness/self help books, so it’s always reflective of the best books I’m aware of.
Oh, and yes, those are affiliate links through Amazon, so I could maybe actually make a few pennies on this blog instead of always paying for it. :)
Full disclosure: Jillian’s Unlimited is on there even though I haven’t technically finished it yet. It’s on my nightstand right now and halfway through, I already know I’ll be recommending it.
Honestly, I was pretty hooked just from the story on the back:
(Are you calling me fat, Jill??)
Know how it’s been kinda cold lately? Check this out:
That’s Lake Michigan, suffering through the “polar vortex,” as people are calling it. Woahh. (source)
The weather is so cold and dry that I’ve been having to put lotion on my face to keep it from looking like the desert.
LOTION. On my FACE. It goes against every single instinct that 28 years of Greasy Face Syndrome instilled.
Luckily, the temps are supposed to get into the balmy 30’s (no sarcasm, seriously) this weekend–a huge relief, because we booked a mini family vacation to a nearby resort for some indoor waterpark and (hopefully) snow tubing action. Should be fun!
Of course, the success of the trip is all up to this guy:
I booked the room with 2 queen beds in case I need to share one with him to get him to sleep. (In case = probably will happen.)
Also, he’s totally obsessed with the little food holder in that picture these days. We put Chex cereal in it, and he’ll spend an hour straight digging them out one by one, like it’s the most amusing thing ever. (Half for eating, half for methodically scattering around the house.)
So! What am I going to do with that certification I busted my butt for 6 months to get?
Well, first, I’d like to officially start the Fit Moms 4 Life group I postponed back in the fall for personal reasons (like, that my life was getting turned on its head with going back to work). I’m just praying that I can actually get a few people to commit to the financial investment (that was my big road block last time). Remember, I suck at selling things??
Am I selling that I wasn’t freezing in this picture? Because I was. Big time.
So that’s step 1. My hope is that leading a program that’s actually designed by someone else will give me the confidence to venture out on my own.
Another thing I’ve been strongly considering is changing my site name. As in, a total rebrand (to bring in the real marketing lingo). The whole idea terrifies me, first because it sounds like a huge, huge hassle, and second because I worry that I might lose some of the online relationships I’ve built just because people won’t recognize me anymore.
But the fact is that my blog isn’t what I thought it was going to be when I first started blogging. The idea behind the original “healthy nest” was that I was going to talk about having a healthy, happy home, with an emphasis on raising healthy kids, instilling positive family habits, and creating an environment that’s conducive to happiness and wellbeing. (Here’s my whole original manifesto, if you’re interested.)
I’m sure I’ll still talk about some of that stuff, but it turns out that I’m not quite the Suzy Homemaker I thought I was going to become when I quit my job to be a SAHM. Sure, part of the idea was to use the blog to encourage myself to become more confident in my homemaking role, but where there’s no true interest, there’s no good blog. Plus, there are already so many blogs that are covering that stuff really, really well.
Turns out that I’m much more interested in fitness than I thought I was–as in, the details of how it all works, rather than just the execution of it. I’m also very interested in how fitness fits into the bigger picture–how it’s just one tool (of many) that can change your outlook on life, and subsequently, your experiences in life. I’m also (unsurprisingly) now really interested in fitness as it pertains to moms.
So just a heads up that the address at the top of this page might be different someday. If I have the guts to do it. And if not, well–one thing I always loved about the healthy nest name is that it’s just general enough to be appropriate for almost anything I’d ever want to say. Right?
I know what you’re thinking: you don’t need a CPT for any of that stuff. Why won’t she answer the dang question??
Ok. So. Concrete things I’d like to do with my CPT:
—Post more workouts on the blog.
I’ve always been concerned about doing workouts “right” rather than just throwing some exercises together and calling it a Thing. As much as possible, I want to base my workouts on real research about what exercises actually work, in what order, for how long, etc. With my PT training, I feel like I have the tools to do that.
—Design two workout programs. These would be full online programs, to include workouts, nutrition ideas, accountability, and a couple other ingredients I’m cooking up. I know that plenty similar programs exist already, and they’re awesome, but I’ve noticed a few gaps that I’d like to fill. The two programs I have in mind would be targeting much more specific audiences and goals, rather than the one-size-fits-all approach that other programs take.
—Write an e-book. This would be a scary concept, except that I’ve spent half my life daydreaming about writing an actual book, so an e-book sounds like a piece of cake. (Right??) The topic I want to write about is closely tied to one of the programs, and still way too young and immature to talk about yet. :)
—Start a local moms’ fit club. When I was a stay-at-home mom, I was always desperate for adult interaction, but kind of turned off by the idea of mom groups. I’m sure this is totally inaccurate, but I pictured talking about breastfeeding and baby poop, comparing birth stories, and lamenting about sleep problems all day. Which is all fine–just not my bag (on a regular basis anyway). What I wanted was a fit club, where moms would bond by working out together…but here’s the catch. It had to be something I could justify paying for, since I didn’t have a lot of disposable income. Something similar to Stroller Strides, but cheaper (maybe even free).
–(Maybe someday) Explore in-home small group training for SAHMs. This is a distant dream, but it’s on the idea list. (The biggest obstacle I can think of is, of course, selling.)
So there you go. My dreams, now all out in the open.
This was definitely one of those “scared to hit Publish” posts. The pressure is ON!
Do you have any big plans you’re scared of for this year?
Any recommendations for fitness/health/self help books I should read next?