As you know, I started working on my NASM personal training certification back in November, 2011. Well, today I finally took my exam and I PASSED! I’ve been studying my heart out for this exam and took just about the maximum amount of time I could to study before taking the test (I had up to 180 days). The NASM material was pretty challenging and teaching yourself the material without having a teacher to clarify things or answer questions really kind of makes it more difficult (especially if science has never been your forte’). It’s all on you to understand the information and know how to apply it. But I did it and I’m feeling super proud today!

I’m looking forward to gradually taking on clients and helping them improve their quality of life, regardless of their goals. Unfortunately, my studying doesn’t stop here. Continuing education is essential to maintaining my certification. Good thing I love this stuff! But for the remainder of the week and Memorial Day weekend, I’m just going to stop and smell the roses and enjoy my newly found freedom! Then I get to start thinking about how to get this business rolling.

Happy Training!

The report that states I passed. Gotta wait for my certificate which will come in the mail soon.

Change of Plans

Well, my bulking plan sure didn’t last long.  I feel like I’ve been on vacation for the last two months and it’s definitely showing in my physique, therefore I just don’t feel comfortable doing a bulk right now.  I don’t really want to start adding mass to a figure that already has more mass than I’m happy with, so I’m starting a cut again.

Life has been so tumultuous lately, but I think it’s FINALLY slowing down.  I’m a creature of habit, so this makes me quite happy.  I have moved to Chapel Hill, North Carolina to live with my parents for a while because my husband has “shipped” off to Officer Candidate School for the U.S. Army.  I’m in complete support of his decision because I know he loves the Army and we both enjoy the lifestyle that the Army forces upon you.  Plus, he’s going to make an amazing officer and the Army is lucky to have him.  While I’m here in Chapel Hill I’m going to work on getting my NASM certification to become a certified personal trainer.  It’ll be nice to have a lot of time to devote to working on myself.

So back to my cut.  I’ve signed up for a free 12 week transformation contest that will end for me on December 23rd; just in time for Christmas goodies!  Unfortunately, these past 2 weeks have been a major bust in regards to diet, so it’s going to be more like a 10 week transformation.  I’m not necessarily trying to win this transformation contest, because honestly, I don’t have THAT far to go, BUT I do think it’s good motivation to keep in the back of my mind to keep me motivated and focused.  But winning a trip for two to Jamaica wouldn’t break my heart…

For this cut I am going to be experimenting with intermittent fasting (or IF).  I’ve been reading a lot of research and reviews of it lately, and I think it’s worth giving a fair shot.  What could it hurt?  Essentially I’ll be fasting for 16 hours a day and then I’ll have an 8 hour feeding window (this is the Leangains method developed by Martin Berkhan).  Instead of having 6 small, low calorie meals a day, I’ll be having more like 3 bigger meals a day which actually fill me up and make me feel satisfied.  Plus, when I have a strict rule that I can’t eat until 1 pm, it’s easier to stick to my diet.  I’m still going to be training in the morning, so I’ll be consuming BCAAs around my workouts to help with recovery and to ensure I’m not losing muscle.  I’ll let you know how it goes!  If you’re interested in reading some more about intermittent fasting I’ve included some great resources for you below.

By the way, I just want to mention how much I love, love, LOVE my new gym!  I’m training at O2 Fitness now and I’m really enjoying their facility.  They have tons of dumbbells, barbells, machines, and SPACE.  I’m already sad about having to leave it at some point in the future… But anyways, I thought they deserved the shout-out.
One more thing, I’m currently reading Leigh Peele’s Fat Loss Troubleshoot and I’m loving it!  I’m not quite done with it yet but I’ve had a couple of “ah ha!” moments while reading it.  Leigh Peele sure knows her stuff and I have a huge amount of respect for her.  Plus, she’s a North Carolina girl!  So that just makes her doubly awesome.  Also, check out her website at www.leighpeele.com.  I’ve just signed up as a member to her site and there is soooo much no nonsense information there!  If you’re a training and nutrition geek like me, you’ll love it!
Happy training everyone!