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Fat Personal Trainer Test

If you’ve been following me for a few months, you may remember, WAY back in January, that I mentioned I was going to take the ACE personal trainer certification exam this year.

The time has come. It’s happening on Saturday, August 13th.

I’m suddenly nervous.

I’m not so much nervous about the content. After all, aside from the studying I’ve done, I’ve had an amazing personal trainer for the past several years, and I’ve learned a lot from her.

A surprisingly sizable portion of the test covers the psychological aspects of personal training, as in how to speak with clients, interacting with the public, et cetera. Again, I have that down. I have a Bachelor’s degree in psychology, I work with extremely fragile college students (i.e. – freshmen), and I have many years experience working mental health. I’ve got that one.

Another portion of the test is Anatomy and Biomechanics. I’m not worried about this one, either. I don’t think I’ve ever shared this on my blog, but when I met Tina, I was actually a nursing student in nursing school. (Yep – I’ve never fully known for sure what I wanted to be when I grew up. That’s why I know have three degrees and have just started a career.) But I’ve taken anatomy and physio, microbiology, Certified Nurse Aide courses, and I spent some time in nursing school. (Side note – while I still think medicine is amazingly awesome, I have no regrets with not finishing nursing school, as my relationship with Tina would have been impossible as a nursing student AND I absolutely love where I am in my career right now at WKU.) So, to sum up, Anatomy and Biomechanics… no worries.

I know nutrition. I may not always follow it like I should, but I know it. Same with exercise physiology. I feel decently confident that I’ll pass the exam. I do wish I could have put in more study time this year, but I still feel okay about it. I also don’t have my self-esteem tied up in whether I pass or fail, so if I don’t pass, then I’ll just study more and try again later.

So I’m not even nervous about where or not I pass this exam. I hope to, and I think I will, but I’ll post on Saturday afternoon regardless of what happens.

What am I nervous about?

I truly believe I’ll be the only morbidly obese person sitting for the exam. I may be the only morbidly obese person to hold a personal trainer certification.

I googled Fat Personal Trainer to see what I could find. All I could find is a story of one Australian trainer who conducted an experiment on himself to gain weight so he could lose it to see how his clients felt.

All I can say about that is that I’ve NEVER been as thin as his fat after picture.

I hopped on twitter this morning, and several awesome people helped boost my self-esteem and told me to rock the test and hold my head up high. That’s what I’m going to do.

But I’m still a touch nervous. When I signed up for this test a year ago, I truly expected to be much closer to goal weight than I am. Instead, I’m even farther away than I was last year.

I think I’ll make an amazing personal trainer (on the side – not as my career, because I’ve already got that here), because I’ve been there. I know what it’s like to weigh over 400 pounds and drip with sweat after just climbing one flight of steps.

I just have to remember that yes, I may weigh over 360 pounds now, but it isn’t forever, the weight is coming off, and I can run, I can lift weights, I can stretch, I can make healthy food choices… At 400 pounds, my weight and my fat defined me. Today, it’s just one more thing I have to overcome, but it isn’t me.

I’ve never once, in the three plus years I’ve been a gym rat, experience fat prejudice in the gym. Ever. I’ve had guys with abs so defined you could grate cheese on them compliment me on my form and ask me to spot them. I’ve seen girls so limber they could kick me in the face from behind ask me to show them how to turn a Smith machine into a Glute Blaster (because they just saw me do the same thing because the last gym I went to didn’t have one). So I really have to acknowledge that physically fit and healthy people are nice people. It’s rare to come across a true athlete who looks down their nose at someone who is in the gym getting healthy, regardless of his or her size.

So why on Earth am I afraid to being seen as the fat guy taking the personal trainer test?

They’re going to see a guy taking the personal trainer test who still has some weight to lose. That’s all.

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A Shirt Skirt Weigh-In

What the heck is a shirt skirt?

This is a shirt skirt. It’s a women’s skirt made out of a men’s dress shirt.

What does that have to do with me losing weight? I’ll explain below.

August 8, 2011
Change from Highest = -33 pounds

I don’t even remember the last time I had a normal weigh-in. It HAS been one of those summers. You know the type that are crazy busy? Yeah, but I’ve also been lazy and I’ve been slacking. Because the truth of it is, we make time for what is important to us.

I have moments, periodically, where something triggers, “Oh yeah, this is why it is important to lose weight and not die morbidly obese in my 40s.”

My wife Tina has a pinterest account. She’s been going on and on about how awesome it is, so I signed up, too. It’s cool; I don’t think I’m hooked yet, but while I was going through her pins, I came across one for a skirt shirt.

I asked her about it, and she said that as soon as I’ve lost lots of weight and can no longer wear my current dress shirts, she’s going to turn them into skirts for her to wear.

That simple comment really hit home. My weight loss is incredibly interconnected with everything in my life, especially Tina.

How can I be so selfish to stay obese? I have a loving wife. Aside from the obvious fact that I owe it to myself, I owe it to her, too. She deserves a healthy husband.

Yeah, I could care less about Tina making skirts out of my dress shirts. It’s just the big picture. Every action I make has repercussions. I choose to get up at 5:30 in the morning to go to the gym and run in the morning rather than sleep in. I want to be healthy, fit, and an athlete. I don’t want to be morbidly obese and continually buying larger clothing because I’ve upsized again.

So… I’m going back to the reward system I had LAST year at my blog before the move to this host. Those of you who were reading me back then may remember, but basically, I set myself five goals. Each goal is worth $1. If I make that goal, then that’s $1 that goes into a pleasure account for me. I can do anything I want with it.

If I don’t make that goal, then that $1 goes into a giveaway for you. When I’ve collected enough money to give away something fitness or health related, that’s what I’ll do.

So, my five goals for this week?

1. Get my weight down to below 367.
2. Run five minutes without stopping.
3. Drink a gallon of water on at least four days.
4. Eat a salad full of greens on at least five days.
5. Do yoga before bed at least three times.

Any shirt-skirt moments in your life recently?

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Have you ever suddenly realized that you haven’t even looked at your blog in about two weeks?

Yeah, me too.

Gotta get my mojo back. I have to run from zombies in what is quickly becoming just a few weeks.

Lost it. Don’t know where it went.

Weight is stable. That’s good, right? Hovering around the 372 mark.

Not rising. Not dropping either, though.

Will weigh in very briefly tomorrow.

I think I might have found my mojo, but I don’t want to jinx it.

I found it on my wife’s blog. She wants to lose weight, too. She doesn’t have nearly as much to lose as me.

I can’t help but feel responsible. I know that I am frequently her stumbling block.

I want us to have a healthy family together, and to do that, I’ve got to put down the chips and get back in the gym.

Wanna know something real funny?

I’m taking the test to become a personal trainer on August 13th. Seriously. I’ll certainly let you know how it goes!

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