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

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.



My Story

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.