Hey hey, folks! How’s everyone’s Thursday going so far?
Mine has been great, but busy with a day of substitute teaching, hence the lack of postage this afternoon. The best part of today was that I actually got to spend the entire morning in the same classroom as my mom, so we were able to have a few laughs together.
I must also say, I am so glad to see that you guys are diggin’ my Apple Cider Cupcakes as much as I do!
You’ve also all got me convinced to put together a little vlog tutorial on my frosting decorating. I’ll have to work on putting that together this weekend possibly?
But anyways, let’s do a quick recap of today…
Things started off bright dark and early with Day 11 of the workout challenge. The only thing on the agenda for today was a 20-minute recovery upper body workout, so I supplemented it with my Quickie 20-Minute Workout on the treadmill. Done and done!
Post-workout, I quickly showered and made myself presentable before whipping up a breakfast of champions.
Look a little familiar? You betcha. These pumpkin bagels are just off the charts awesome, so I say hey, why mess with a good thing while I still got it, right?
For that same reason, lunch also turned out to be a little redundant from yesterday.
I’ll say that I was pleasantly surprised by this lemon Stonyfield yogurt. I picked it up for free during my last grocery run, thanks to a coupon that I had from HLS. In the past, the Stonyfield yogurts were never really my favorite, and I wasn’t a fan of the high amount of sugars. However, this one was really, really good and the sugars looked to be slightly lower. I’m definitely a fan!
Oh, and carrots + celery + hommus will never get old in my book, ever.
I also ended up bringing a packet of Crystal Light Pure lemonade with me to sip on this afternoon. I received a few samples of these a couple of weeks ago and so far have tried the lemonade and kiwi strawberry, both of which were tasty.
When I was in college, I think I probably drank the original crystal light packets almost daily and then I just sort of got away from them. I like how the new Pure line uses sugar and Truvia, which is actually my coffee sweetener of choice.
Honestly, they’re good for every once in a while when I feel like I need something exciting, but most of the time I still just like my plain ‘ol water.
Personal Training Questions
Recently, I’ve gotten a number of emails and/or comments from many of you inquiring about my journey to become a certified personal trainer. First off, I love hearing about all of your stories and your curiosity about the field of personal training. It seems like there’s quite a few of you out there who are finding yourselves in a pair of shoes very similar to mine!
Secondly, I want to thank all of you, again, for each and every kind comment, message, tweet, and email regarding my new adventure. I do get nervous sometimes (especially when I’m trying to remember all of those damn muscles from chapter 4) about whether or not I’m going to be able to remember it all, what I’m going to do once I finally finish studying, and whether or not I’ll even be a good personal trainer.
Luckily, all of you seem to come in at exactly the right time, to give me that little confidence boost that I need. So, in case I haven’t already said it enough, you guys rock. Like, a lot.
When I was first deciding whether or not this was the path I wanted to take, I did a little research at the local gyms in my area to see which certifications were most widely accepted. After inquiring both at gyms and with some others of you out there, I finally decided to get my certification through NASM.
I had previously heard many good things about NASM, and was even able to get my hands on an actual textbook before ordering my own to see whether or not it was right for me. From what I’m told, this certification is a little more science-based than some others out there, but since I’ve never really looked at the others, I’m not totally sure? (Perhaps someone else out there can help weigh in on this one?)
I initially set a goal of about two months to complete my studying and take the exam, but I’m thinking that it will probably be closer to three. Considering the fact that my education background included absolutely zero anatomy and/or science, I still have a lot to learn in that area. And honestly, this part of the material is just plain hard for me.
So I figured rather than rush it just to be finished, I’d rather really get a good, solid understanding of the material so I’ll feel better prepared once it comes time to finally enter into the field. (Even though I am SUPER antsy to get out there and get workin’!)
If there’s anything that I may have missed, or you have any other questions about any of the personal training stuff, just ask!
Tonight, I’m planning on eating some leftover stuffed spaghetti squash and then I’m headed out to meet up with Heather again so we can get prepared for our webinar with Julie & Brittany tonight. It’s my first time ever even participating in one, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that all goes well! If you’re signed up, well then, I’ll see hear ya later tonight!
Question for the Evening:
How often do you repeat meals during the week? Do you enjoy the same things over and over, or do you like to switch it up?
Disclosure: Kraft Foods sent me a sample of Crystal Light Pure, but all opinions are my own, baby!