After rescheduling my personal trainer exam twice (because I didn’t feel ready) December 2nd seemed like a good day to get it done. Reading the information over and over was starting to overwhelm me. I just needed to face it and do it. My cutoff date to take it was December 18. I didn’t want to wait that long.
I was already feeling bad for not paying enough attention to my girls. They are very patient, but I know they were already tired of mommy studying everyday and especially every weekend. There were some days where I had no idea where my energy was coming from. I was running 3-4 times a week, ran multiple races (and actually did very well), going to the gym to strength train, celebrated both of my girls birthday and then started teaching yoga too within the last few weeks! Many times I grew frustrated, shed some many tears but kept on taking it day by day. I knew it would be worth it in the end. There is no better feeling than knowing you accomplished something yourself.
This is what summer and most of fall looked like for me. Sweet Amani liked to give me little notes and drawings to encourage me. It helped!
I’ve realized no matter how much I want to, I never give up. If I say I’m going to accomplish something, I do it. Whether it’s running related or reaching the goals I set for myself. You have to believe in yourself before anybody else will.
As for the program, I went with NASM because I heard and read about what a great company it is for multiple certifications. I also took the e-teach course. I recommended it for those who need some direction and want support like a classroom setting. You have assignments, answer discussion questions and take a quiz each week. There is a midterm and a final exam. There is also a forum to discuss topics with other students and ask questions from the instructors. I really liked the e-teach course, I just wish it was longer than 9 weeks. For me to retain the information, I needed more time with it. That’s why I didn’t take my test right away. I actually failed the final exam! They make the course harder than what you will see on the test. I think that worked out great for me.
I tend to stress myself out when I don’t need to. The test proctor even recognized that. After I submitted my answers, the computer was supposed to show me if I passed or failed. There was nothing there. I assumed I failed. I walked out of the room. She said, “it should have said you passed. Because you did.” My heart was racing and a few tears of relief started flowing. I apologized to her for crying. She could tell how much this meant to me. She was very sweet.
I am now ready to become a fitness professional to inspire even more people in my community and hopefully go back to a normal life. I can celebrate my 30th birthday which will be on the 7th and I can begin to enjoy the holiday season. I haven’t bought one Christmas present, put up our tree or hung one ornament. It’s time now. I even stopped watching TV this summer. Honestly, I don’t really miss it.
I’m a very lucky girl to have the support I have. Many of you who read my blog or follow me on Instagram have known I’ve wanted to do this for a while. There were times I wanted to just give up because I thought I wasn’t cut out for this; like it was too big of a goal. But your uplifting comments made me believe that I can make a difference in others lives. I really hope I can. THANK YOU!
Some of you have asked me about the personal trainer certification program. If I didn’t answer all of your questions, leave me a comment or you can always e-mail me.