Graduated!!!!

Well hello everybody!!

I have some fantastic news for all of you!

You know that phrase “when one door closes, a window opens”?

Well, a dozen of windows have just opened up!

2013-07-12 18.54.38I have officially finished up with my personal training school classes two weeks ago and last Friday, I officially graduated from the National Personal Training Institute of Colorado……with honors!

I didn’t know until graduation day that I was getting the honors title because it takes have a 95% class average as well as a nomination from a teacher!

It was a simple graduation, the shortest graduation I have ever been to or been a part of. Literally, the ceremony lasted about 20 minutes or so.

When my name was called, I went up for my packet of certificates, smiles for pictures and went back to my seat.

We all (my mom, her fiancé, her soon to be mother-in-law, and the boy) went out to eat and celebrate at the Yard House.

In other news, I have been offered a permanent position coaching bootcamps! For the last few weeks, I have been coaching bootcamps for a local company called Camp MissFits. It’s an all women’s bootcamps, focusing on the holistic approach to fitness. This means, it’s personal training with the camaraderie of a bootcamp. Women come to these exercise groups as a way to stay motivated to reach their goals. The holistic part is that we, as coaches, and the owner get to meet with the ladies one-on-one for the personal part of the training and the owner helps with nutrition advice and meal plans as well as mind state.

I have really enjoyed doing this, although, I still need a little bit of training considering this is my first actual fitness job. However, they liked me enough or I must have showed enough potential to offer me a permanent position!! (I was on a trial, which is why I didn’t say much about this to my blog world or other friends – I didn’t want to count my chickens before they hatched). I am also doing some administrative work for the company.

Even though it’s not a full time gig, it still allows me to finally quit Bally’s because I have had some other call backs and potential additional jobs as well – making me feel comfortable enough to quit.

With that said, today I handed in my two weeks notice to that horrible corporation!!!

Needless to say, I am fantastically happy right now. (It also helps that there’s a special someone in my life I’ve been spending time with as well). Things are turning around, finally. I’m not 100% in the clear yet, but there’s a lot more breeze from those open windows in the room. 🙂

(Also, stayed tuned tomorrow…I have a long awaited post scheduled!)

New Year’s Resolutions

How’s everyone’s first week of 2013? Mine is already fantastic, for lots of reasons! However, I haven’t had a chance to post my actual new year’s resolutions yet.

Love Calvin and Hobbes!

Love Calvin and Hobbes!

You get a whole week+ to decide on New Year’s Resolutions, right?? I took the whole week anyway. Resolutions take time to think about and make. You don’t want to make them TOO unrealistic that they never get accomplished, but you also don’t want to make them too easy that you don’t have to do any work. Most of my resolutions are geared around my active lifestyle stuff, but I have a few other mixed in as well.

This is how it works, right?

This is how it works, right?

Here it goes:

1. Run one Race a month. I think this will keep me busy enough, but not TOO busy!

2. And 13 races in 2013. I joined the 13in2013 group. Started by this girl named Jil, and now has over 700 participants! They’ve even been throwing around ideas for shirts and medals when complete. I think it might be too late to sign up now, so sorry if you’re just now finding out about this!

I chose the "variety" category.

I chose the “variety” category.

3. Keep track of all my miles this year. I’ve never actually done this. I’m curious to see home many TOTAL miles I run throughout a year. I don’t think I want any goals of having to run a certain amount of miles because I have no idea what is going to happen the rest of year. Now, I just have to remember to write my miles down! And you better believe I will be tracking down to the last tenth of a mile! You never know when those will add up!

4. Volunteer at a race. I’ve volunteered at a couple races when I was in college, but it was for a volunteer organization I was involved with at the time. I want to just sign up on my own as a volunteer. I think it would be fun and a way to give back to the running community.

5. Do a full marathon. Yes, I do want to finally do one. Starting to train again looks daunting.

6. Add 5 more 14er’s to my list. I did my first two last summer and want to keep going! I’d like to do at least 5 more this summer!

7. Meet at least two more bloggers! I met two last year, so that seems like a good number to shoot for.

8. Graduate from NPTI! I mean, this is inevitable, but you never know! I also want to try to get “honors” in this program…but we’ll see after I get the first test back! And obviously, in addition to this, is to get a job as Certified Personal Trainer.

9. MOVE! I want to be out of this house before 2014. I actually want to be out of this house tomorrow, but that’s not realistic.

10. I want to knock off a few more states. I don’t want to put an exact number because I have no idea what this year will bring for me financially or time wise, but hopefully I’ll get to do a few more!

11. Write a sponsor letter. I really think I have a good idea to get some sponsors, and it’s more than just my run a race in every state. I NEED to get a sponsor letter written, and then the rest will fall into place, hopefully.

I think that about covers it! I don’t have any big blogging resolutions, but I will promise you I wont disappear!  You’re stuck with me now!

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