Big News!!

Hello all!

I haven’t felt like updating because really there hasn’t been anything exciting to share until as of yesterday.  Let me back track first:

As some of you know, I am studying to be a personal trainer which has not been an easy feat for me let me tell you a 34 year old that is a 2nd time college student, while juggling a full time job overnights I might add. I have experienced so many hiccups, that I have almost wanted to throw in the towel several times. The last few semesters have been straight up rough too especially  with the last summer semester.

Anyways one of the set backs was my completion date originally it was slotted for December 2017, then it was pushed back to next April 2018, well I found out yesterday that I will be indeed done by December 2017 as per my original plans.  My school sadly will be closing it’s doors at the end of 2017. Which means the personal training program will be no longer be around either (the school itself Herzing University will be just non existent in Omaha). My plan was to get my associates degree in Exercise Science but now it has been reduced down to a diploma. Which I am 100% okay with but that means all students who are supposed to finish in December graduate NEXT Friday (September 15th)!! So yes yours truly will walk at graduation!

At first when my graduation date had changed I was told I would not be allowed to walk at all (with the school closing and all) so I filed it in the back of my mind and just continued to move forward. But it did bother me that I wouldn’t get the chance to walk across the stage, wear the ridiculous cap and gown, and get my diploma. Corny I know but even this is my 3rd graduation and my 2nd as a college student to me it’s a big deal!!! Some people don’t think so and not even show up to the ceremony but hello you paid for that!! So to be able to walk next week is a huge deal for me in fact, I wasn’t planning on even going at all but this changes everything!!

Just goes to show you that you must never ever give up!!

Have a great weekend!

~Mags

 

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August Bullet Journal

I can’t believe it’s August already!!  Where did July go?

As you know, I’ve been doing somewhat of a bullet journal which I incorporated with my regular journal. I used to be a big journaling but now with everything online I’ve shied away from it. I still write in it but not as often as I should be.  So what I have been doing is drawing out a calendar/tracker to monitor certain things that I’ve chosen and also my monthly goals. This is way I open my journal more and re-read my goals etc so I don’t forget them.

I do have a regular planner too but I use that for everything else including keeping track of my homework.

I have been bullet journaling since April and I shared June’s but not July’s only because I got busy with vacation, the start of the new semester, etc.  It wasn’t that great of a month anyways so it’s a new month a clean slate and new goals!

Here’s August’s bullet journal (I think my best one yet!)

August

 

I had for July’s jumped ahead a few pages in my journal and drew it out but I didn’t use all those pages for my thoughts (I have almost caught up) so I did August’s page after July’s it took me a while to it get just right. I did black sharpie over my boxes this time so it’s stands out a bit more

For my tracker I did it a bit different: I am going to track my water instead of how often I drink a pop (which I had before) I think I got discouraged with that so I figured to get rid of it altogether and just highlight the good which is drinking more water. I will still track my workouts like before and when I weigh in (Which I have yet to do but plan to after work).

August goals:

One of things I want to do is enter a pin up pageant happening in September! I missed my chance last year so I am going early to register! I want to get out of my comfort zone and meet more people in the pinup community

Loose 5 pounds. Yes I’ve written this before and I have been half assed about it. But I really need to get back on track!

Do well in school. This is my last semester on campus before my internship, and before I go online for Gen Ed’s for the next year. So it is important that I still work hard and be the best me I can be.

More water less pop. July was not a good month for me. I am really going to try this month!

Workout 3x’s a week/walk more. I need to get back into my routine. With me having to take a group exercise class each week has given a bit of a push to go to the gym again I just need to make the commitment again and the Y will be closing coming up for the week (for cleaning) so that means going to the other gym that I go to for school (Prairie Life in Omaha) to attend classes and actually workout there for reals on my own. That’s a big step for me. Also that the weather is starting to cool down a bit (well sort of) I need to start walking again too.

Be more positive. This is hard one for me. I tend to be dwell on certain things but I need to move forward and I’ve done more self talk as well that I can give myself that “push” I need to keep moving forward.

Last but not least I have a pin up shoot at the end of August. This will be my 3rd shoot and I am really excited for it. I haven’t been feeling like myself lately so I think getting glammed up and feeling pretty might help.

And I wrote my goals on a different page instead of my calendar since sharpies bleed through thinner paper. I like this set up I think. Still a work in progress!

Have a great month! I’ll be back soon with some more meal prep ideas!

~Mags

 

I can’t do a push-up

Real talk here peeps.

I am currently taking a “group exercise class” for my requirements for my personal training certificate. It requires me to go to various group exercise classes at the Y or the local gym in Omaha. I have to observe the class while participating, along with attending “lab” or actual class room time once a week for discussion, then after we take an hour to go to the gym and we take turns “training” a group exercise class consisting of ourselves, some outside people, and a few teachers from school.

We did this workout which was as many reps that we can do in an certain amount  of time all with a kettle bell:

We did sqauts

Upright rows

Push Ups

Squats into an overhead extension

Then run 1 lap around the track (I so don’t run I walk it)

And repeat.

Fun right? (Total ass kicker by the way and I plan to do it on my own)

But I can’t do push ups.

My form is all wrong etc, etc. It was embarrassing that I, a 34-year old personal training student can’t do a damn push-up. I never could do them, even on my knees apparently I don’t do them right. Worse that two older women in my group can actually do them on their knees and I can’t. I wound up using a bar that held mats to do them standing. Don’t get me started with planks I am lucky I do those right (sometimes).

This is not the first time I’ve been embarrassed by lack of knowledge and form. I am learning but it’s upsetting to me when I can’t do anything right. I snuck a peek at my instructors notebook after our workout and all over I saw (Maggie form) it felt like a kick in the stomach.

To be honest I have only worked out on my own under no guidance no trainer (I’m cheap ha) so I’ve learned as I go (which is how I roll) plus visually. That’s one of the disadvantages of an accelerated program like mine not everything is going to be included in our scope of practice. It means that I have to do more on my own.

As of late, I’ve had some struggles, stress and anxiety which has prevented me from going to the gym as regularly as I should or I would like. Since now it’s a requirement for me to do group classes once a week as part of my assignments plus weekly training sessions as a class has been helping me ease back into the habit.

Hopefully, as time goes on I can learn how to do push-ups correctly. I just have to practice, practice, practice. Even if I have to use a stability ball that I got from school. I will do it.

Is there any exercise you struggle with?
~Mags

 

Update!

Hi guys!

It’s a been a minute since I’ve done any kind of updating. But let me get you up to speed on has been going on:

I was supposed to go on Internship this summer. But unfortunately my instructor/advisor did not think I was “ready” training wise to go, I also had a place in mind but that was also turned down. I was really feeling devastated and a failure because I had been trying so hard to find a place that would be an ideal fit for me. It straight up depressed me. I had taken all this time off from work to do this (because I had a break from school as well) but I realized with the time I could do a ton of self care and refocus on my life. So that’s what I did. I probably should have gone to workout but I spent most of my time at home. I finally cleaned my studio which was most needed, I spent time with friends and family.

I started my new semester three weeks ago. I only go one day a week but I have two classes in one day. I have to do a group exercise class which requires training a small group of people including my classmates after that for an hour we have to meet to go over certification prep-y’all! It’s happening!!! That means I can do my certification test anytime after I finish in the fall. I will be done with the personal training portion of my degree by October I will being doing my internship in September then after that I will be online to finish my gen eds for my associates! I am trying to remain positive even it has been SO hard because I have numerous set backs.

Also along with my classes I am training a fellow staff member from my school on Wednesdays the next couple of weeks, and I also have to go to 7 different group exercises classes too! I’ve gone to Body Pump, and Yogilates so far and today I am trying HIIT/Tabata.  I am slowly getting back into the swing of things.

Two weeks ago I did my 3rd Color Run which wasn’t too bad but I was really worn out afterwards due to the heat and I did Body Pump the day before so my body was not happy with me.

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I did it with my friends and our goal next year is to at least jog it!!

I haven’t weighed in awhile either I think May was my last official weigh in. I plan to at the end of this month to see where I am at and where I need to go from here. I think maybe once I am officially done with campus classes, I can re-focus myself and my goals.

I’ll be back soon!

XO,

Mags

 

 

 

 

Monthly Update

May is almost over and I know there is 4 days left of the month but I decided to still share an update. The rockiness of life I think is starting to fade so I am slowly trying to get back into a routine of some kind.

I’ve only gotten in four workouts in this month (I plan to walk this morning) but I am hoping to finish the month out with two more workouts/walks.

I’ve had pop 4 times this month which was the same as April which isn’t terrible

I weighed in early because I had read an article about Wednesday is the best day to weigh in so I think I will hold off weighing in until June 1st (a Wednesday) I had lost four pounds at that time and my goal for May was 5 so I will see if I made it.

I started bullet journaling in my regular journal where I draw out a calendar for the month, then I keep track of my workouts, not drinking pop, etc. Then I write out my goals for the month. I’ve been doing it for 2 months now and I will share a post on how I do it.

School is going ok, I am trying to find a place to go for my internship which starts at the end of June. It’s been a process. The place I really wanted to go which would be right in my neighborhood turned me down which bummed me out.

I am planning on doing the Color Run in July which will be my first and only run this year. I am okay with that and my goal for next year will be to do Trek up the Tower and 5K the Hard Way.

Last but not least I signed up to do a Pin Up photo shoot at the end of August which will help motivate me back into working out 🙂

I will be back with my June goals!!

Have a great weekend!

Mags

Trying new things

Hi!

A fellow vintage/fashion lover I follow on Instagram Hayley Angell has done a series on YouTube called Look Fabulous Feel Fabulous  where she has done various different workouts in the UK she’s done everything from Hula Hooping, pole dancing, belly dancing, curling (the last video) and even Roller Fitsco! (Why can’t that be a thing here??). I love her motivation to try new fun fit things it’s motivated me to to STRIVE (my word for 2017 remember?) to try some new workouts!

If I am going to be a personal trainer in 10 months I need to be well rounded in fitness. Unfortunately my down fall lately has been lack of workouts. My stress level and anxiety have hit an all time high and I find myself wanting to retreat to the comforts of my home instead of the gym. I need to break out of my comfort shell (which has been hard AF) so I thought it would take on Hayley’s challenge myself and learn something new! I’ve been scouring the inter-webs and I will be doing Cross Fit!  Which is next Saturday February 18th!

I wanted to do Barre 3 free class but it was already full (I am hoping to attempt this one later!) so I am hoping at least once a month along with my check ins, I will be sharing a post from a new workout class! I am really excited to be expanding my knowledge!

Stay tuned!!

~Mags

Monthly check in

Starting weight: 188 (this was my starting weight for 2017)

Current Weight: 186.5

Lost 1.5 pounds

Hello! I am posting my check in a tad early. I weighed in I thought on the New Year last month but it was a few days after that. I had plans to weigh in February 1st but since that falls on a school day I decided I’d weigh in earlier just to see if I had made any progress and if I hadn’t I would keep working the additional two weeks and reschedule my weigh in for February 7th and if I had made progress I would record it and then see how things go towards the end of February since it’s a shorter month. As you can see I made some small progress! It isn’t much but I will take it!!

It has been a week since I last had a pop (or a soda depending on where you are from) so far the transition has been ok a few slight headaches (which is a given) so I have upped my water game a ton, and I have done fairly well with my meal prep/sticking to my plan. I had only two cheat meals this week. As you know, I like to shoot for 1-2 cheat meals a week.

The only thing that is not on point yet is my workouts. I am still not consistent but I am working towards improving that. School is going I am in week 4 already. I have been in the main building of campus instead of the Annex (the building across the street) which I can’t believe I am saying this I miss the other building because that’s where a chunk of my classes have been the past year.

I have to finish my review on Motivational Water Bottles so that should be up this week!

Have a great month!

~Mags