My New Life

A few weeks ago I got my ACE Personal Training Certification. Since I don’t have PT experience, applied to a local gym for the front desk thinking I would eventually “work up” to a PT position. But, during the interview the District Manager saw I was certified and asked me a bunch of questions about that.

A day later I got a call and a job offer, but not for the front desk – for a Personal Training position! I actually considered not taking it because I didn’t feel ready. Finally, I decided to go for it and risk falling flat on my face in an embarrassing heap.IMG_0054 (800x600)

Between my new Personal Training position and coaching my little running group, my life has went from 0 to 60 in a few weeks. Oh, and the blog has been growing as a very happy rate too!!! It’s crazy.

I am very excited about “my new life” as I keep calling it. But, I did want to acknowledge it here. What does this all mean for me and RER?

My new schedule: I will be working afternoons Monday – Thursday (M & W at the gym / T & TH with the group) and mornings T, TH and F. I will still be posting 2-3 times a day (I apologize to those of you who were hoping this was my letter of retirement).

The person this is going to have the most effect on is my intern. But, I am not sure how he’s going to handle the extra work load… sleeping intern

My new busy schedule will also have an effect on my meals – something I don’t want to neglect (because I’m trying to lose and avoid attacking the kitchen). I can’t really time my meals to hunger since I’m going to be on the move during the week, so it’s probably going to be on a schedule of sorts to keep me going…

  • Breakfast: 7am
  • Snack: 10am
  • Lunch: 12-1pm
  • Snack: 3-4pm
  • Dinner: 8pm

Question about my new gig:

Do you feel like ACE prepared you for what you are doing now? Knowledge-wise, yes. There’s a ton of good info you learn from preparing for the exam. But, hands-on not so much. I think hands on experience is super super important for a job like this!

Did the facility your at want/require more than the ACE cert? They are giving me a lot of training with fitness evals and equipment stuff  – basically all the vital “hands on” info I was talking about :)

I worked this morning and got home around 1pm for lunch. IMG_0321 (800x533)

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Things this salad has: veggies, veggie burger, hummus, bread with cheese, ketchup, buffalo sauce, love…IMG_0328 (800x533)

See ya tonight Smile



  1. says

    If I lived closer, I would totally hire you! You can totally do this thing. You’ll be awesome! I’ve worked with various personal trainers in my life and always had great experiences but the best was with someone who had knowledge of nutrition and working out. Which you definitely have!

  2. says

    If I lived near you, I’d totally hire you. Except your tasks would be to push the joggin stroller while we run. That’s all I really need. :)

  3. Michele says

    You’re gonna do great!

    I just started a new job too that really hinders my ability to snack all day long (how RUDE). I gotta say, I really like it. For someone who has zero willpower, it’s great to be forced to stick to an eating schedule. Maybe you’ll like it better, too!

  4. says

    Cheers to your ‘new life’!

    I’m glad you’re not retiring from RER. Hopefully Vegas will fulfill his assistant’s duties.

  5. says

    Congratulations! How exciting. I love your random salad bowls. They fit my personality of not knowing what I want.

    Oh, and who would ever want to call for your retirement?? You brighten my day :)

  6. says

    Congrats! I recently received my ACE personal training materials in the mail (something I’ve been considering for years, but your post on taking the ACE exam gave me the final push to go ahead and just DO IT!).

    Did you do the 12 week program? I am working my way through the first chapter of the Essentials of Exercise Science book but feel like I am digging waaaay to much into it (reading the chapter multiple times, taking notes etc.) Any pointers?

  7. says

    Congrats, I hope you have lots of fun!!! Can I borrow your study materials since you won’t need them anymore? Lol do people do that? I’m thinking of ordering some soon.

  8. says

    Congrats! Sounds perfect for you. I wish I lived a little closer or I would totally book some sessions with you this summer. I bet the blog will help in the referral department!

  9. s says

    oh and ‘grats on the new job :) i’m excited to read more about it!
    oh and i keep an eating schedule too. or take my lunch to work in the form of a zillion snacks, but i have a desk job.

  10. ida says

    Congrats on all the new developments! You’ll make a great trainer, you do a good job of keeping it real and that’s what clients want.

  11. says

    I admire you so much. I struggle with similar eating issues to you (only I binge a lot more and eat a lot more in general) and dream of being a Body Pump coach or PT, but I would be such a crappy role model for any clients that I don’t have the confidence to try and am stuck in a rut of overeating/bingeing/overdoing it on my running which is the only fulfilling thing in my life and then getting injured.

    I wish I had the same motivation that you do to change your life and be successful and happy.


  12. says

    That is amazing that you scored the job you wanted right away! I’m so excited for you and I’m sure you’ll be fantastic at it! So what do you do at work when you don’t have clients yet?

  13. says

    Wow congrats on your new job, sounds amazing. May I ask a question? Regarding getting your certification…what are the requirements, and how do you go about doing that? I live in North Carolina, is this a test for just California? Seems like an amazing job and would love to know more about it!

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