Monday, January 11, 2010

Week #15- Adherence & Motivation / 3 Years of Healthy Living

Happy Monday! Well this past week was quite a busy one for me at work. The week before the semester starts is always busy so after many years doing this I am used to putting in the extra time. I’m just glad that classes start today and then I can settle into a routine again.  Well to get started on that routine let’s get to this week’s To Do List.

Week #15: Adherence & Motivation
•    Manual: Pages 374-387
•    Workbook: Pages 117-118
•    Master the Manual: Pages 89-94
•    Audio: Chapter 13
•    Flashcards: Chapter 13

Sad news about last week’s review quiz, I didn’t make my goal of 90%. I got an 80%. There were 10 questions and I missed 2 of them. I didn’t miss any to chapter 11 but I missed 2 for chapter 12. Positive thing is that both of them are ones where I had debated picking the right answer when taking the quiz, so at least I wasn’t feeling like I had no idea what the answer was.  After I got my results I went and re-read the chapter again just to feel more secure in knowing the information.

In other news related to my Personal Training Certificate preparation, this coming Saturday is my CPR/AED training & testing. I will be doing that from 9am-1pm here on campus with some of the students from the Outdoor Club. One of our police officers is leading the training. I’m looking forward to it because once I have it completed I can register for my certification exam.  I looked at the dates available and I’m thinking either the 2nd or 3rd week of March.  Just have to look at my schedule at work and figure out which week is looks less busy before the Saturday the test will happen on. I want to do some intensive review and want to make sure I have plenty of time to do that.

So here is some exciting news that I didn’t get to share because I was so busy last week, Friday was my 3 year anniversary for starting my journey to better health!  I have spent a lot of time over the weekend thinking about how much my life has changed in those 3 years because of the choice I made to focus on bettering my health. Below is a list of a couple I thought I would share.

•    I actually sleep a full 8 hours and feel rested afterward
•    I have a more optimistic outlook on life
•    Instead of looking forward to a day off of work to lay on the couch to watch TV, I look forward to a day off so I can workout longer
•    I now look forward to buying clothing
•    My Seasonal Depression is much more manageable
•    I can look in the mirror and actually like what I see
•    I have figured out to put myself first and still give to others
•    I no longer live to eat, I now eat to live
•    I no longer dread social situations or avoid them because I’m embarrassed about my physical shape
•    I no longer fear that not going to make it to age 40
•    I have learned to have healthy boundaries with family, friends, and romantic partners
•    I feel better physically, mentally, and emotionally than I ever have
•    I no longer worry about fitting into seats at movies, on airplanes, etc.
•    I have lost 60% of my total body weight which means I when from morbid obesity to the healthy range

My full list is a lot longer but I thought those would be enough to share. It is just amazing to me to sit down and recognize all of the ways my life has changed.  It has been a challenging road but one I am so glad I made the choice to travel. Like my father tells me every time I see him, I did myself the biggest favor I could have ever done.

Well I should get going. I’m ready to relax for the day, so that means getting off this computer. Hope you all have a great evening.

Quote of the day: "We have time for whatever we choose to do, so let's own our choices!"~ Dr. Mia Cary


  1. I had to read it twice when I saw that you had lost 60% of your total body weight! Having accomplished that, you will make such a great PT. It would have to be so motivating for your future clients to know this about you. Best of luck with your exam.

  2. Good for you!! Even though you didn't do as well as you wanted to on the quiz, that list of all the changes you've noticed in your health makes up for it, right?! I mean your health and wellness is the most important. Like you, I have noticed a positive change in my seasonal depression. This is the first year I have not had it. It's amazing what a healthy diet and balanced life will do.