Wednesday, February 24, 2010

New Direction for CertifiablyFit

Yikes it's already Wednesday!

Anyway, no worries I'm still staying on track with reviewing for my test. I have only a couple more weeks until my test date. The goal is to pass the test on March 13th.

I'm in the process of contemplating where I want to take this blog once I become certified. I have several ideas but until I have a more concrete idea I'm going to go on a little hiatus from posting. This will give me more time to really put thought into the focus I want this blog to have, as well as look at doing some minor layout changes to reflect this new direction of CertifiablyFit.

In the mean time, if you have suggestions on what you might want to see here please feel free to either leave a comment or email me at 

See you in a couple weeks!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Review Week #1: Chapters 1-4 & Anatomy Book/DVD

Happy Monday everyone! Hope everyone had a love filled weekend with V-Day on Sunday. 

Well like I mentioned last week, I finished up all of the new materials to study for my Personal Trainer Certification Test.  So here I am with a little less than a month before I take my test, and I’m super pumped because I know my goal is so close in sight!  Anyway to help me review this month I broke up all of the materials to review everything, which means I made To Do Lists for each week leading up to my test. So let’s get to this weeks list!

Review Week #1: Chapters 1-4 & Anatomy Book/DVD
•    Manual: Pages 1-144
•    Workbook: Pages 9-56
•    Master the Manual: Review vocabulary (Ch 1-4) & pages 1-32
•    Anatomy Book: Pages 9-180
•    DVD: Watch again
•    Flashcards: Chapters 1-4
•    Audio: Chapters 1-4

Seems like a ton of work huh? Well I’m not too concerned because I have reviewed these chapters a few times already. Whenever I finished up materials early in other weeks I would go back and review what I had already covered.  I already reviewed all of the chapter 1 materials this morning so I already have a good start for the week.

Ok so let’s switch gears for a minute and I’ll update you on my health issues. Last week I met with the cardiologist. We went over my 24hr heart rate monitor results. That came back normal, which was good. He also went over in more detail of what my blood test results from the ER where, again normal. He is pretty sure that my symptoms are not caused by my heart but to be safe I am scheduled to have a stress test and an echocardiogram. I have the stress test next Monday and the echo is scheduled for the first week in March. I’m glad to hear it is not likely my heart that is causing the problem, but it is also frustrating that I still don’t know what the problem is. If my stress test and my echo come back normal they are going to send me back to my primary doctor and likely have other tests done to try and figure this out.  As far as how I’m feeling, the past few days haven’t been too bad, but last week I felt like crap most days.  I was able to get a couple of workouts in last week at a much lower intensity, but today I was able to get in a full intensity workout and felt fine afterwards.  So for now I’m trying to just go about my normal routine when I feel fine and rest when I don’t. Hopefully in the coming weeks I will find out what is going on and what I can do to improve how I feel.

Well it’s time for some relaxing before I have my staff meeting tonight. Have a great week!

Quote of the Day: "You don't have to take life the way it comes to you. You can design your life to come to you the way you want it." ~Dan Zadra

Monday, February 8, 2010

Week 19 – Legal & Professional Responsibilities

Hey everyone! I’m going to keep this short because honestly today is one of those days where I’m not feeling so great. I have my good days and my bad ones lately. I can’t wait for my  appointment with the cardiologist on Thursday. Hopefully we can figure out what the heck is making me feel so off lately.

Anyway, as tradition it’s Monday so it is To Do List time.

Week 19 – Legal & Professional Responsibilities
• Manual: pages 465-488
• Workbook: pages 147-151
• Master the Manual: pages 119-124
• Flashcards: Chapter 18
• Audio: Chapter 18
• Online Review: Chapter 18

Well here is some exciting news. This week is the final week of new material in my studying. I’m pretty proud of the fact I made it through and stayed motivated the entire time. After this week I will have 4 weeks to my test. I sat down last week and outlined how I’m going to break up my review of everything into weekly to do lists. Yeah, I really like the “to do list” thing and it seems to have really helped me stay focused so I figured I would structure my review weeks the same way. You will see in the upcoming weeks how I broke everything up.

Well it’s time for me to rest. As soon as I get some details about what is going on with me I’ll make sure to update everyone. Have a great week!

Quote of the day: “Tough times never last, but tough people do.” ~ Robert H. Schuller

Monday, February 1, 2010

Week #18 Injuries & Emergencies & Personal Health Issue

Well happy Monday everyone! So before I get into some personal health issues I’m going to get my To Do List out of the way.

Week # 18: Injuries & Emergencies
•    Manual: Pages 427-460
•    Workbook: Pages 133-143
•    Master the Manual: 105-119
•    Audio: Chapters 16 & 17
•    Flashcards: Chapters 16 & 17
•    Online Review Quiz: Chapters 16-17

So this week has two chapters which means there is a bit more work to be done. Should be no sweat since that last few weeks I am normally done the new work for the week by Thursday.  I have quite a bit on my plate with work this week so I’m going to be a busy girl fitting my studying in, especially since I will be working on Saturday again for half a day.  Going to just have to stick to my schedule and realize I don’t have as much wiggle room as I normally do.

Last week I was a little disappointed cause I only got an 82% on my review quiz. I missed 3 questions and all of them are ones that I debated between the right answer and the one I picked. I need to figure out a strategy on how to pick the best answers because it seems all of the ones I miss are ones that I debate like this. If you have any ideas please let me know.  This week I have a review quiz again and my goal is the same as it has been so I’ll be shooting for a 90% or better. Wish me luck!

Ok so now to my personal health issue….
So for the past few weeks I started to notice my heart was skipping around a bit. I didn’t really pay too much attention to it at first but last week I got scared when I got some chest pain when I was working out.  I also had a couple of other things going on that were concerning too, like when I stand up from sitting or laying down I almost pass out or get dizzy, and my feet get super cold and then really hot a few hours later.

Anyway, even though I hate going to the doctors, I made an appointment. They ran an EKG and saw I have a sinus arrhythmia, and a low resting heart rate. I also had low blood pressure. Doctor told me since I basically train like a competitive athlete, that it was likely the cause and that it wasn’t anything to worry about.  He told me that I likely was feeling the chest pain out of anxiety because I had become aware of my heart was beating irregular sometimes. We talked about my nutrition and he thought maybe I should replace some of the water I drink with electrolyte drinks because of my level of activity. He thought that might help bring my blood pressure up slightly since it would add a bit more salt to my diet.  He also told me to try to make sure I get up slowly to avoid feeling dizzy. Anyway, he told me to come back in two weeks if I was still feeling the chest pain. So off I went and picked up some Gatorade (the low sugar kind, which I have to say is quite tasty), and headed home.  End of problem right….um nope it gets more complicated here in a minute.

So the next day I felt a little better.  I was drinking the Gatorade, and getting up slowly. I worked out with no chest pains. I had a little pain throughout the day, but realized that when I felt it was when I was noticing my heart was jumping around.  So I thought that everything was fine.

The next day was Friday and this is where things started to happen that made me realize that may not be the case.  I was good until about 10am and then all of a sudden I had a bunch of weird things happening. I started to get really breathless anytime I was talking, I have several times where I would be in the middle of a conversation and I would completely forget what I was talking about, I got really fatigued, I would get dizzy every time I stood even though I was doing it slowly, and my appetite totally disappeared.  So after lunch, I called the doctor’s office and described what was going on. They relayed the message to the doctor and he had the nurse call me back and tell me to go to the Emergency Room because he thought I might be having blood clots traveling to my lungs.

So I go to the ER. I’m going to leave out my rant about them making my partner leave while the doctor was with me because I’m sure none of you want to read that LOL! Anyway, they run some tests and determine that there are no clots going to my lungs.  They had me hooked up to a heart rate monitor while we waited for the blood tests and my chest x-ray to come back. The doctor was sure I wasn’t in any immediate danger so he released me but was putting a call into a cardiologist to get me an appointment to be put on a Holter monitor and to get an echocardiogram.  He said I could continue to workout if I felt like it but to stop if I had any chest pain while doing it.  He told me that I should expect a call on Monday and he sent me on my way.

 Saturday was a total wash for me as far as being productive. I felt just like I did Friday and since I was off I spent a lot of time just resting and not feeling like doing anything. Then on Sunday I wake up and feel fine again.  What the heck right? This morning I got up and felt ok too.  Then around lunch time I started to feel weird again and had a lot of the symptoms I had on Friday and Saturday. When I came home from work I had to lie down and take a nap because I was so tired. After my nap I got up and made myself eat, and then I felt fine again. I still have to be careful about getting up and my feet are freezing again but other than that I feel normal.

As far as working out I’m a bit scared too do anything too intense until I know what is going on. So I have stopped my bike training for now. I’m sticking to a walking program, some yoga, and light weight training but only when I don’t feel totally wiped out.  I know when I feel alright it would drive me nuts to be totally inactive. The walking thing is kind of a nice change of pace and even though it is freezing out it was nice to see the sun rise this morning.

I have the appointment to get the Holter monitor on tomorrow and then next week I have my follow up visit. So hopefully by then they can figure out what the heck is wrong with me.  I’ll keep you updated as I find out more.

Anyway I need to get off here and get some study time in before I have my staff meeting tonight at 9:15pm. Hope you all have a great week!

Quote of the Day: "Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it." ~ Greg Anderson