the sweatiest full-body circuit I’ve ever done and some exciting news!

Wow.  What hasn’t happened since my last post?  It hasn’t even been a week and I’ve been all over the place and then some.  So let’s start it off with some awesome news.  As of Wednesday, I’m officially a NASM Certified Personal Trainer!!

This is something I really wanted to do for myself.  I have loved working out for years, but I knew if I wanted to get serious, I needed to get smart about it.  People had been coming to me time and time again for advice and I decided if I wanted to give advice, I needed to give smart, well-informed advice.  So I did some research and found the NASM program which is one of the most accredited in the biz.  (You can read more about my decision to do the NASM exam here)  The test was not as easy as I expected to be honest (I mean there was 700 pages of material to cover), but I am elated that I passed.  Almost as elated as this nugget who tried to eat the paper that said I passed:

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So what’s the first thing I did when I got my certification?  Hop on the plane and head down to Houston.  I went to college there and lived there for over 5 years, so it has a special place in my heart.  There was an alumni event this weekend and, as always, it was the perfect time getting together with some of my favorite people.

I took Friday off from work and enjoyed some girl time which included hitting the gym with one of my friends who dared to try one of my circuit workouts.  This one left us absolutely drenched in sweat.  45 seconds doing the moves and then we spent 15 seconds doing either jumping jacks, high knees, or resting.  Believe me, by the second time through of the last circuit we were resting more than I care to admit, but boy was my heart rate up there.  Try this one out:

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The workout was a perfect way to prep for the next day which was full of fun, food, drinks, and a lot of walking around.  The Houston sun was a perfect accompaniment to good times with friends.  Good thing it was my rest day though because my legs were shot from an almost 30 mile running week and some pretty killer extra workouts.image3

Want to know the best way to recover from hanging out with friends and eating and drinking all day?  Hop on a plane and head home for some sports.  My parents had let me know that they had tickets to the Blackhawks game on Sunday night and the Bulls game on Monday and that was just something I couldn’t pass up.  I’m a huge Chicago sports fan and wasn’t missing this.

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So happy to be able to spend some time with my awesome parents.  Please note that is not the face my dad had when we ran before the game.
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just a picture of my future husband/one true love Jonathon Toews

The only issue with all this traveling and friend time?  It was hard to schedule my workouts in.  But, you know what, I got them all done.  Whether it was awesome friends offering to workout with me or my dad getting a kick out of the workout plan I wrote for him, I did it.

Pre-hockey game was a 6 mile run and some weights.  I took over 27,000 steps on Sunday between walking around the airport, working out, and stepping around the United Center.  I’m really proud of myself for sticking to my workout schedule and sweating it out.  For anyone who thinks that they don’t have time to workout, you do have time if you make time.

I can’t count the number of times I’ve had to workout and odd hours just to make sure I got it done.  It could be 5am.  It could be my lunch break.  It could even be after dinner.  I do it because it makes me feel good and I NEVER regret a workout.  If you make it a priority, you’ll get it schedule.  If you don’t, it won’t.  It’s that simple.

-sj

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