A Reintroduction of Sorts

Oh, hello again. Yes, after three months I am back to this lil space of mine. With big news. You are NOW reading the blog of a NASM CERTIFIED PERSONAL TRAINER! YES, I PASSED MY EXAM, cue the angels singing, party kazoos and confetti.

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While that kind of celebration may seem a bit excessive to you, it is all I can do NOT to keep telling everyone I’m a certified personal trainer. You see, this wasn’t my first time taking the exam. Back in June I took the test [with only two weeks of preparation] and failed by four points. It was miserable leaving the testing center and telling my husband and family was embarrassing. I take full responsibility for not taking the exam seriously and allowing life to get in the way of studying properly.

After the failure I took beat, set an intention and repurchased [ouch!] the exam and study guides. A fellow fitness friend told me about the NASM app and it became my new best friend. Slow and steady became my mantra with the textbook and materials and slowly but surely I began to understand the content.

Setting the test date came next and then it was basically bunker down and study during all of my free time. Thankfully my 9-5 job is pretty chill and I was able to knock out a lot of studying during the day, especially with the app. As the date approached my nerves grew. I almost pushed back the exam because I was so worried about failing again, but my husband and family talked me down.

September 14th arrived, I walked in, took the exam and left with a passing grade. Cue the tears of gratitude. The first step to my dream of fitness as a full time job can finally be checked off and I’m unbelievably excited to start moving forward. Failing sucked, but it made the passing just a big sweeter in the end.

Why am I telling you this? To inspire you to reach for something, even if it seems daunting or too hard. This exam was so outside my comfort zone and talents but I got it done. Set your goals, work for them and then go out there and crush them, friends. It make take ¬†few tries, but it’s worth it.

3, 2, 1 get your move on!

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A Weekend Away For Play

Hey, kitkats! What’s shaking today? I’m trying to get off the struggle bus and into the week as quickly as possible this morning. We spent the weekend away and the struggle is real. I know if you mope and whine it only makes things worse so I’m trying to get my head right and get settled into the Monday morning routine as quickly as possible.¬†Oooooooooookay, so I tried to get settled in quickly but unexpected turns at work have me a lil all over the place and frustrated. Oh well, time to just roll with the punches right?

This weekend my husband and I visited his family at a lake house not too far away from our place. It was a wonderful time and I enjoyed the unplug from the phone. We hung out on the lake, took boat rides, played cards late into the night and ate delicious food. Too much processed food landed this girl in bummerville Saturday night as my body did NOT like all the sweets and carbs. Oh well, lesson learned right?

 

Oh, I also got a hair cut this weekend and am LOVING the fresh new look,. What do you think, friends?IMG_4932

I had two workouts over the weekend, both on Saturday. It was a double header of teaching BODYCOMBAT followed by BODYPUMP. Last week was full on crazy with teaching and my body REALLY needed the rest on Sunday, so being away was just what the doctor ordered.

Workouts for the week: Right now most of my workouts are classes when I teach because I have yet to get back into the vibe of morning workouts. I know, I know, I need to get back in the groove, but 5am comes so early. Anyway, I have four BODYPUMP classes and one BODYATTACK class on tap for the week and then a kickball tournament this weekend. There will be lots of foam rolling this week for sure.

What do you have planned for this week’s workouts? Did you do anything awesome over the weekend? Wishing you the best week.

3, 2, 1, get your move on!

Friday Faves

Hey hey friends! How are you doing? Anyone else as excited as me it’s Friday? Thankfully this week hasn’t been too tough, just a lot of teaching, new routines for food and getting ready for the weekend. Here are some favorites from the week.

+I’m getting my haircut today and I’m so excited. Your girl is in need of some new highlights and maybe a new style. I’m thinking of going short, what do you think?

+Sleep has been so much better for me this week after my acupuncture appointment on Monday. Le Husband found the office and even though I’ve only had one session I am stoked about our acupuncturist. She is so knowledgeable and welcoming and really helpful. Acupuncture is incredible, if you haven’t tried it yet, I suggest you do.

+We have a lake visit planned this weekend and I can’t wait for fun in the sun.

+My boss is out of town today so that means I can listen to music at my desk. I need to learn the new BODYPUMP, BODYCOMBAT, BODYATTACK and SPRINT for launch next month.

+New to me podcasts are keeping me sane on my commute to and from work. I’m always up for learning about new ones, so leave me a message with ones you are loving at the moment.

+Smoothies for and afternoon pick me up have been my jam. Love getting good protein and greens mixed with a lil fruit.

+I ordered some new sports bras and a new LES MILLS shirt from reebok, woop!

What are some of your favorites from the week? Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

3, 2, 1 get your move on!

We Just Met, But Can I Be Honest?

Yeah, I’m going to be that person. The one you just met who decides to just blurt her issues out right away. Well, I wouldn’t necessarily call this and issue, more of a “this is what’s going on in my world, can you relate?” connection. But, you be the judge.

I’ve always identified myself as an athlete and a fit person. Never really had the six pack abs because, food [which is a whole other post coming your way soon], but I’ve always been athletic. When we moved to Tennessee from Virginia my ONE paying job was teaching BODYPUMP classes at various Gold’s Gyms. Which meant I was teaching as much as possible and spending a lot of time at the gym working on my fitness. Cue a year later and I am not certified in five different classes and teach four days a week.

However, it wasn’t until I realized fatty foods inflamed my gallbladder that I really found my leanness. Was this a healthy leanness? No, no it was not. I couldn’t ingest healthy or unhealthy fats without serious pain radiating through my body. I solely consisted on carbs, lean proteins and a few veggies. Crazy how quickly pain can help curb that self control.

Here’s me the day before surgery, back on May 3rd 2017.

 

And this is me the day after surgery, May 4th 2017

Little bit of a difference huh? I was so sad about my poor lil belly. It was so bloated, angry and upset for a week after surgery. And then I was finally able to eat all the food, so I did. All the burgers, shakes, Menchies, cheese [oh I missed cheese], olive oil, avocados, Menchies and did I mention ice cream yet? I gave myself two weeks to enjoy life then Le Husband [as he will be known here] and I did a semi-Whole30 to get back on track.

Whole foods helped me feel better internally and got my cravings for real food back on track, but my body is still looking post surgery. I’m not sure what brought this on out here, honestly. I’m almost back in cardio pre surgery shape, I’ve found my groove teaching again and I’m feeeeeeeeeeeling really good. Frustrating when the outside doesn’t quite match the inside huh?

Check out a then and now: left is pre surgery and right is today

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The girl on the left was more comfortable with her body. The girl on the right is living a fuller life. Why can’t I get my brain to understand this change is okay? I think part of my issue is I’m going to be in a bathing suit for the first time since surgery this weekend and I’m more self conscious about my scares and figure than I originally expected. The girl on the left would have had no issues in a bathing suit because she was lean and knew she looked fit. The girl on the right is working on her comeback and no one can tell how hard she is working looking at her.

Does anyone get where I’m coming from? Anyone out there have issues matching their brain with their emotions? I am beyond thankful a surgery was a fix to my problem with only three lil scars. I’m grateful I was able to jump back into teaching so quickly. I understand where and why the changed happened to my body, it’s not a surprise. I just wish I could fall back into shape as quickly as I fell out, ya know?

Anyway, this post is partly a chance to show anyone reading that even though I’m passionate about fitness I still struggle and don’t have all the answers. It is partly to get these thoughts out of my head and onto a space where they can sit instead of taking hold of me and my emotions. I’ve learned letting it out is very cathartic and find I can move on quicker if I don’t hold things inside.

Can you relate to this post? Is there something marinating in your head you need to get out? How do you overcome the emotional body image issue when it strikes? Tell me in the comments.

Hope you have a great day!

3, 2, 1, get your move on today < 3

Welcome to Pinkyfit

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Hello and welcome to Pinkyfit321, the blog exploring how to live a healthy life in today’s world. This space is all about fitness, food, fun with a lil side of family thrown in from time to time. My name is Mikaela, but I also answer to the nickname Pinky (obviously given for my love of a gorgeous color). I’m passionate about fitness and want to help you uncap your potential in the gym, outside, inside and find the fitness groove that works for you.

Currently I am working on my National Academy of Sports Medicine certification in hopes of pursing a job in personal training. I am certified in multiple Les Mills group fitness formats [BODYATTACK, BODYCOMBAT, BODYPUMP, SPRINT] and teach these and BARRE ABOVE classes at multiple Gold’s Gyms in my area. Group fitness brings me a high every single class and I truly believe the fitness magic members create finding their healthiest self.

My second love is food and I am all about eating healthy good tasting food. Every BODY is different so what works for me might now work for you, but the base of a healthy lifestyle is eating more whole foods than processed foods. My ¬†husband and I have dabbled in WHOLE30, macro counting, IFing and are still trying to find the balance that works for us as a team and individually. Diet fads and quick fixes bombard our senses daily so it is crucial to do your research before committing to the ‘next big thing’.

Life is meant to be lived which means I’m also all about having fun. I consider fitness fun, but don’t let it keep me from living my life. I grew up playing multiple sports then decided to direct all efforts towards soccer and ended up a scholarship athlete in college. Upon graduation I joined multiple coed teams and it wasn’t until our move that I stopped playing. I met my husband (another college athlete, much better than me) playing in a kickball league and we continue to still play on a team together. We like to travel, go to fine dining restaurants, hike, cook and hang out with friends old and new.

Thanks for reading and I hope you’ll come back and join me as we further our knowledge to find our best fitness. Feel free to reach out here in comments and I’ll do my best to get back to you as quickly as possible.

Now, 3, 2, 1, get your move on!