Fitness Midterms

I found this post in my drafts.  I never hit submit but just reading it, I’m brought back to this night and I can feel the happiness that I felt. It was like the feeling I felt the night of my midterms when I realized I did really well and people liked what I did. It was euphoric.

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My (“free”) fitness instructor training is mixed with people that want to teach bootcamp, strength training, chair fitness, yoga and dance cardio. Over the past 4 weeks we have been learning only about strength exercises and teaching exercise modifications. So I was shocked to learn that I have a midterm on Tuesday in my genre which is dance fitness! I have been waking up at 5am for the past 2 days,  doing choreography and I have 2 songs finished. The midterm involves teaching our class of 30 for no more than 15 mins, including a warm-up. I plan to create my warm up tonight before I go to a Zumba master class (I’m sleepy), and to create one more routine tomorrow morning. Then over the next 5 days I will work on cueing (saying right instead of left),  making sure that the choreography for the three songs is not repetitive and that I smile and say positive things. I’m also going to do a dress rehearsal on a coworker on Tuesday.

I must say that when I came home last night I was happy. Like truly happy. We broke up into small groups last night and I taught 2 women the dance I created yesterday morning and they were sweating a lot. They said it was good and I felt it was great, of course there were issues with direction, but it wasn’t that bad. I know it’s not brain surgery, but for once in my life I can say, my medical office manager job is not who I am. There is more to me than that and for once, I am starting to see that I have potential apart from working for a doctor and ordering his lunch. I am creative and I am a vault of fitness knowledge, correcting people that were doing the grapevine or squats incorrectly and making suggestions on updating their warmups for better transitions… I literally don’t know what is coming together, but universe, I AM READY!

 

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Instagram Food Pics?

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I think this is a great idea for weight loss, lifestyle changes and diet improvements. I’m just not sure how my current followers would feel about seeing my food pics all the time. My sister started a second Instagram which has a lot of followers, but some of them are from her main Instagram. When you create a second Instagram account using the same app, your new account is suggested to the followers of your old account. But thinking about it now, I guess there really isn’t anything wrong with it. My weight loss and fitness instructor journey is kind of a side project. I have been a secretive person in regards to my goals and what I do in my spare time, and no I’m not a drug dealer. I’m finding that even as I discuss my veganism with coworkers, I am becoming more articulate and my soundbites are becoming clear and have actual facts. In addition, discussing my goals will give me more accountability because people might ask  how things are going.

Speaking of which… My gym membership is $69.99 per month. I am setting a goal of 4 times per week or else I am cancelling the membership. I have another membership that I had to sign up for (6 months for $75!) in order to do my instructor training, so if I’m unable to follow my schedule, I’m canceling the pricey by the end of October.

The Princess Bride Motivation?

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This magazine clip is from the October Women’s Health Magazine and they mentioned that it’s the 30 year anniversary of the Princess Bride! OMG!! I’m definitely going to find it in a theater near me. A young Cary Elwes anyone?? The editor’s letter was about how things are only inconceivable because you have never done it before. You just have to take the first step without overthinking it, and without letting the inconceivability of the idea stop you. Just begin. Go for the walk if you want to lose weight or throw out the unhealthy food. If you want to write a book or start researching a topic. Write the blog or sign up for the class. On a smaller scale… call that friend that’s been on your mind or make that doctor’s appointment that you’ve been putting off. Just do it!

Just some motivation before the weekend begins.

Diving in

Hello and welcome to my blog!!! My name is Vic and I am an aspiring health coach and wellness blogger. I am “Transitioning to Wellness” and a wellness career and I plan to chronicle the journey with this blog!!

Why do this? After years of thinking, planning, starting and stopping, I decided to jump in. I am a 33 year old medical office manager with no background in wellness other than an extreme desire to reach my goal weight and have a career in fitness and health promotion. There may be others out there that also are in the process of losing weight, have lost weight or want to lose weight and see themselves going into the health and wellness industry. Perhaps reading this blog will inspire them to do so. I will post all of the successes and trials. Once my health career becomes established I plan to transfer to a coaching blog. I want to help as many people as possible lose weight! That is my mission in life and it has already started.

I’ve lost 20 pounds this year, so far, by switching to a plant based diet and by going to the gym. My coworkers have definitely noticed and I’m starting to share my health and wellness tips. We are actually going to start a vegan Monday initiative in the office in order to move people away from meat. Once people start seeing success, they want to know what you are doing and they will follow. So one of the greatest tools to help me become a successful health coach in the future will be my before and after pics.

Who am I? As I previously mentioned, I work in an office and it’s a sedentary job. I have been overweight/obese for most of my life. Those are just the facts and I have never hid from it, although sometimes it’s hard to actually see the weight gain until I catch my reflection in a glass or see a picture and I’m unrecognizable. I have been flirting with veganism for awhile and in January 2017, I decided to go cold turkey.  I started the Starch Solution which is a high carb, low fat eating plan. That was going well but I still saw a nutritionist and she has been lowering my sugar intake. (You should have seen her face when I told her about my breakfast smoothie which included 2 bananas and 3 dates)! If you ever have the opportunity to see a nutritionist, you should definitely do so. Since I have been basically dieting since I started reading Self magazine at 12 years old, I am an encyclopedia of dieting info, which often conflicts. At my first visit, she looked at me and said nicely “it seems like you are simultaneously following multiple plans”. Shady, but she got me in check. 

What do I plan to do career wise? That is still in the development phase. I work full time so I am devoting my spare time to this. I am in school part-time getting a public health certificate and the program ends in December. My city’s parks department runs a fitness instructor training and my application was accepted so by spring I will be a certified instructor once I successfully complete the program and six month internship. From there we shall see what organically forms. I know I will be busy in the upcoming months doing research on health coaching, school, this blog and continuing to lose weight but this is what I want to do and it’s what I’m truly passionate about. I know that I want to motivate people to lose weight and reach optimum health by switching to veganism. And I plan to be Exhibit A.

So that is it for now! Follow this blog if you want to see my weight loss , my vegan meals and my career progress.

PEACE!

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