I have not posted in awhile. May has been a very crazy month. I did two weeks in Bremerton, Washington for the Navy to start the month off. I met some really great people. I got back late on Friday the 13th. I had drill on Saturday. I had a CIZE workshop on Sunday. I am a certified CIZE instructor, but I am not ready to teach a class, yet. I need a lot more work on the timing of the moves. Hopefully, I will get a chance to take a couple classes and work on my mechanics and be teaching in the near future.
It was great to get back to work at the YMCA. I really love going to work. I also started a new workout last Tuesday. It has only been one week and I can already feel a difference. I was a little sore the day after each workout, but it was the good kind of sore. Tomorrow, I start over with the first workout. I am anxious to see if I can do a little more this time around.
On Tuesday, May 17, I took my Navy PRT. I got an excellent! I think it was my best PRT to date. Physical Readiness Test consists of as many push-ups and Sit-ups you can do in 2 minutes and a mile and a half in a certain time. I did just go up into a new age bracket because I turned 45 this year. I may not have gotten an excellent if I was still in the 35-44 bracket. I am still happy that I completed more sit-ups then I have in the past 5 years.
This past weekend, I participated in a personal trainer workshop and took the examination on Sunday. I felt good going into the PT exam, but once I started, it was like I went brain dead. I do not think I did very well and I won’t find out for 3 to 4 weeks. I really wanted to do well on the test. I love helping people and I think that I can really make a difference in people lives by helping them getting started on living a healthy lifestyle. I hope I already do, to some extent. I cannot believe that in today’s day and age with all the technological updates that it takes so long to grade a simple test.
The other thing that happened this month is that, I had one of my co-workers take me measurements for me before starting my new workout. She said a couple times that she was taking the measurement from the fastest spot. This week one of my friends told me I was fat. She really did not mean it. If these comments took place at the beginning of the year, I would have been extremely self conscience about it. Now, I laughed it off. I am not where I want to be for my BMI, but I am working on it and have made big strides over the past four months. I look forward to going to the Y tomorrow and continuing my journey!
Setting goals, I should say setting realistic goals. What are my realistic goals? I want to be fit, lean, strong and happy! I don’t believe that is too much. I do not want to be a body builder or be super skinny. I don’t want to win any contests or even run a marathon. In the Navy, I am required to run a mile and half in designated amount of time. I can make that run and complete it in the amount of time that I am allotted. My issue is that I am always the last one from the Des Moines Navy Reserve Center to complete the run. I really do not like that everyone has to wait on me to finish. It is humiliating to be so slow. There is no pain or even any soreness afterwards. I am just really slow. I have run several 5k’s, 10k’s, 20k’s and a half marathon. I am very proud that I have been able to complete each of these, yet as one of my many goals, I want to be able to finish a mile and half in 13:00 minutes. I would really like to finish a 5k in 30:00 minutes. I know that is really high expectations of myself, but think if I put my mind to it and really work hard I might be able to accomplish it. I believe what works for me would be to jog more. I think that the more I run the comfortable I will be and my pace will increase. I whole heartily believe that it is a state of mind.
My second realistic goal is to get stronger. This does not mean I want to be labeled as a bodybuilder per say and I do not want to win any competitions. I want to be able to work a good day in my yard cleaning up the timber and straightening up the acreage without being sore for days afterward. I want to feel stronger. I have started this process and I realize that it is going to take time and patience to build a base. I have arthritis; I am getting older and I want to try to make it to where I can continue to do the things I enjoy doing like kayaking and hiking. My goal of getting stronger will help me to continue doing the things I love to do in my free time. I also love to lift weights. I always feel better after lifting weights. How will I accomplish this goal? I am already making my self make the time to lift 4 days a week. I am already noticing a difference. I just have to stick with it and get a plan that works for me and change it up every month to keep it fresh.
Another goal for me is to eat right and portion control. I am really, really bad about eating at all different times of the day and night with no set schedule. I have been doing a great job of starting food in the smoker, pressure cooker or crockpot so that food will be ready when my husband gets home from work. I do not follow through with making myself something. I have never been good at eating breakfast, yet I am determined to make a mental challenge for myself to make sure I eat something good for breakfast. I am also going to push myself to try to eat several small healthy meals throughout the day. I am not doing anything close to that now. I get bored, I eat! I need to get much better about having healthy snack food available.
Finally, my last and most important goal for myself this year…
I am going to work at being happy! I have struggled for years with depression, anxiety, low self esteem, and I always try to please everyone. This goal will be hardest of all my goals to accomplish. I have started in the right direction in working at the Y.
I think everyone experiences and looks at everything in their own unique way. So whether it is fitness, spirituality, work, relaxation or anything else each individual person will perceive it in a different way. I am hoping whether you agree, disagree or really don’t care someone might get something out of my posts. Please comment, like, follow, or don’t.