No, I am not running a marathon, I have not signed up to walk 100kms (although I am still thinking about that shh) I have not even signed up for a 10k…
This on is not an event based challenge, it is a huge step towards making my lifestyle change a permanent one challenge (please don’t analyse the grammar in that sentence!). It is a huge incentive to carry on working on my own health and fitness.
Ok…I’ll tell you what it is…
I have signed up for a Personal Training course 😀
This one in fact: Specialist Diploma in Advanced Personal Training (Training Techniques Specialist I will become first a qualified Level 2 gym instructor and the qualified Level 3 personal trainer. It is both really really exciting, and really really terrifying! I signed up yesterday, and it was this that made me slightly over excited at Body Pump 😀
It is something I have been thinking about for a little while now, I have had lots of mixed feelings about it because I am still not “typical personal trainer” shaped. I am much smaller than I was, and I know I don’t look ridiculous, I know I am fitter than I might look at first glance and I also know that these things don’t always matter when you are in a position to be judged on appearance at first glance.
I spent a long time trying to work out if I would even be taken seriously by anyone!
I asked people, I started with my friends, because I have some who will be honest and not just tell me it will be ok to make me feel better, and they made some very good points.
Then I asked some of the people I know in the fitness business, and they made the same points…
and these points were:
# Not every personal trainer has to conform to the perfect “ideal body shape” they of course have to be fit, and capable and knowledgeable, but I have 2 of those things (the 3rd is what the course is for).
# There is room in the business for someone who knows what it is like to have lost size, and has worked to chance their habits and health and fitness outlook.
# There are some people who might just be less intimidated by a person like me, they may find me more relatable.
They key point is, I need to have be healthy and fit, which is the whole point of what I am doing. The other good point, is that although the training starts very soon, the first assessment for the gym instructor section isn’t until the end of March! By then, given the results in the last 6 months, I should be fitter and smaller.
I am so excited to start, I am looking forward to helping people do what I have done 🙂
I am also terrified… Still terrified of not being taken seriously and I am going to have to do some work to eliminate that little voice that tells me I am going to be laughed at!
I am still really terrified that I am not good enough to do this!
I will keep you all updated on my progress, and I can tell you this, it is excellent incentive, already to keep me doing my daily work outs!