Monday, 26 March 2012

Today's the Day

This was really my first blog post. I wrote it on 9th December 2011. But I didn't have a blog then, so I saved it. It should explain to you why I'm here.

today's the day.

today's the day when you change everything.

Starting this blog required a deep breath and a bit of a leap. putting myself out there and admitting there's something I WANT and I AM GOING TO GET. Not something I'm terribly comfortable with, but I'm finding liberating.

I gave up my job almost 8 years ago, in 2004, to have my family. I'm currently teaching bellydance and being a full time mummy to my two splendid children. When I worked I was a political lobbyist and got a diploma in Public Relations. Now that seems like a whole other world, and one that I really don't miss at all.

But now, my youngest child is starting school in August and the reality of getting myself back in the job market is dawning. The world of politics really doesn't need me back - there have been 2 Scottish Parliament elections since I quit, and I could barely name even a handful of MSPs now, when once I was on first name terms with plenty of them!

I love teaching dance. I enjoy the relationships I have with my students as I watch them grow and improve as dancers. I love health and fitness, and I have a real problem with sitting still - this summer I ran 7 half marathons.

I want to become a personal trainer.

Today was the day I put it out there. Some trainers from a local gym were in attendance at our school Christmas Fair. I asked them about their qualifications and for their recommendations on training to become a personal trainer. They were helpful. Asking for help was, for me, vocalising, and making a positive step towards, something I'd been thinking about for a while now.

There were three trainers. They were helpful and chatty. They were all young men with big bulky biceps and well-toned upper bodies. They reminded me greatly of Geordie Shore. (Let me be clear that I like Geordie Shore.)

But not to put too fine an point on it, if I made an appointment with a personal trainer, and one of them turned up, I'd be intimidated and uneasy. I am not going to make the most of my workout taking direction from someone 15 years my junior with megamuscles. And that made me think, someone like me really should be a personal trainer.

I felt even more sure that wanting this was the RIGHT THING FOR ME TO DO.   

So I'm blogging about it, right from the start. Jillian Michaels made this recommendation to a fan who wanted to become a personal trainer - get a blog, chart your progress, review fitness DVDs. Bore the pants off anyone who'll listen. I've been a diarist since 1986 and I hope I can communicate my journey in a reasonably interesting way!

Thanks for being here at the start of my journey. I want to share what I want, and how I achieve it, as well as the joys, failures, and funny bits of the journey. I hope you get something out of it too!

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