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Sunday, February 01, 2009

Sunday.

Wow. It's been a while since I've posted a blog. I'm still around and figured I'd pop in and let y'all know what's up with me.

I'm still running. I've learned that good/new shoes make a huge difference. Every time my calf starts to feel "wonky" and like it's gonna strain, I know it's time for new shoes ASAP! My last run, I amazed myself. I had been running in 5-10 minute intervals for quite a while and was up to about 30 minutes total. I finally said to myself, "20 minutes for my heart means 20 MINUTES! If I can run 10 minutes, walk 2, and run another 10, then I CAN run 20 minutes straight!" I knew it was all mental. So, one day, I psyched myself up and went for it... and did it! 20 minutes STRAIGHT! I was elated... and then last week - I felt good, had a good night's sleep, had eaten well on that day and had a snack about an hour before the gym and I decided to hit my MINIMUM of 20 minutes and then just see how long I could go... I surprised myself by running for THIRTY-TWO MINUTES STRAIGHT! Wow. I CAN do this. :)

It felt GREAT!

I did leave my job back in May, 2008 and am back in school full-time studing nutrition. It's the right choice. I couldn't be happier (and less stressed!). I still haven't taken my Personal Trainer exam but I'm planning on it over the summer semester when I have less class-work. My roomie is good enough to be my guinea pig for training even though I'm not yet certified. (Poor guy! LOL) I'm also taking a WONDERFUL Intrinsic Coaching class this semester.

The biggest lessons I've learned since embarking on this new path in my life are that:

1 - There is no RIGHT answer. There's so much more to it than what the experts say about what to eat and how to exercise. It all starts with the INDIVIDUAL and where they are right now and where they want to be in their future, plus their health back-ground. And I was mistaken in thinking if I just learned all the "rules," I would have all the canned answers. WRONG!

2 - This isn't about ME. (Now, for those who know me, what a shocker that is huh? LOL). My "job" is to help people find THEIR solutions. They have their own knowledge and ideas and within each person is their own path. My job as a coach is not to give someone a program, it is to help draw out of them what they want, to help define their goals, and to help them find solutions that work for them. I'm there to ask the questions to bring out their best thinking and to pepper their thoughts with the knowledge I have about nutrition/exercise to help them figure out what works for them.

HUGE perspective shift, lemme tell ya.

I just couldn't be happier about my life right now. :)

This past weekend, I also coordinated a booth at the Women's Heart Health Fair for the Student Nutrition Club. It so very much cemented for me that I am on the right path for me. I got a chance to speak to people about their health and, in general, how their diet can affect their health. I got to practice my intrinsic coaching skills and let the people who came by direct the conversation instead of just throwing information at them. I was so pleased with how people really opened up and I had some wonderful conversations with people.

It was a LONG day and HARD preparation; but I felt SO FULFILLED from being able to reach out to people in this way. THIS is why I changed my life. I know I'm walking on the path I'm supposed to be on.

Oh - last thing. :) My cardiologist told me "There's nothing more I can do for you."

I'm golden.

Of course, I'm still struggling with these last few pounds... but I'll get there, and honestly, even if I don't hit that "magic number," my health is stellar now and THAT is really what this is all about for me.

Sparklove to all!
-Alexia
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