For the first time in a long time, I’m really feeling like the decision I made to become a CPT was a good one. In the past couple of days I have been asked by people close to me (IRL, not online!) for help, guidance, and advice regarding either fitness activities, product selection, nutritional choices, and motivational cues.
And I must say that it feels pretty darn good!
One of the conversations involved helping a teen athlete in his quest to gain fat free body mass. He’s a bit wiry, as they say, and want to bulk up. He doesn’t want to just get heavy, though, and through his Mom has reached out to me for some guidance. He and I sat down last evening for a quick 15 minute chat about some of his goals and I gave him his first homework assignment: don’t change anything, just write down what you consume on a daily basis for the next week. We’ll meet up again next Sunday, perhaps, and go over his intake, see where he can make simple changes, and then really get to the nitty-gritty about what it is that he wants to accomplish. We’ll spend some time over the next few weeks with goal setting, seeing what his expectations are of me, and what I expect of him. I’m really looking forward to helping him achieve his goals; he’s strong willed and strong minded, so it promises to be quite the adventure for both of us!
Another exchange took place mostly via email and text. No biggie, right? I mean, that’s pretty much the way that my relationship with most of you takes place. This one, though, was with a soon to be 69 year old man. I’ve known him all of my life, and it was nice to hear him reach out to me for a change. He’s been trying to increase his walking time, distance, and pace, and needed advice on new sneakers. I tossed some bullet points his way and he went to his local Fleet Feet store and had a great time giving the sales staff a run for their money (see what I did there?) while he tried not to collapse from sticker shock. It has been several years since he’s gone to buy sneakers, and I’m not sure if he’s ever done it at a specialty store. The day after he bought the shoes, he went on his usual 6mile loop and was able to run more often and for more time than he had with his older, beat up sneaks. We chatted about online tracking software (runkeeper and mapmyfitness), and he even is asking about heart rate monitors. He’s been bitten by the bug! I can’t wait to see where this takes him.
This coming Thursday I’ll be helping a good, dear friend of mine pass her Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT). She’s struggled in the past, and I’ve helped her before, so this will be like old home days. I’m pretty psyched for her and proud of the Service that she’s given and continues to give. I’ve known her all of her life, and running just isn’t her thing. That’s putting it mildly, actually, because she has told me that she “hates running”. She’ll do alright ,with some “gentle guidance”. I have confidence in her: she has heart and determination, and from where I sit, that’s pretty much half the battle.
Then just today, by surprise, my best friend surprised me with news that she’s stepped up her workout from Tony Horton’s 10 Minute Trainer to Jillian’s 30 Day Shred. She’s been chomping at the bit for a while, but shy to actually make that leap. Today she sent me a text that said she’d finally done it. I was so proud of her! I suggested that she post it on FB to keep the support going. I firmly believe that there is a lot to be said for the power of online communities and friendly accountability. I am always happy to share that opinion with anyone who will listen.
What has happened to YOU I the past week that has helped confirm for you that you’ve made some good decisions lately?