As most of you know by now, I’ve spent the last 2.5 months completing the coursework and studying for the NASM CPT exam. If you’re unfamiliar with what that is, it is the National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer program exam. Last week was the exam and I’m happy to announce that I have passed! Now that I have that piece under my belt, I wanted to share a little more about my balanced approach to fitness and why I started this whole thing.
If you would have told me 1 year ago that I would become a personal trainer I probably would have laughed. It’s not that I haven’t always been “into” fitness. I just have come a long way since then. My initial drive to take that next step into becoming a trainer was sparked by my own personal fitness journey. Just like most people I thought if I wanted to be in really good shape it meant spending hours a day at the gym, eating a strict bland diet and being boring. I convinced myself that it just wasn’t possible and that I didn’t want to do it.
I’m the type of person who can never follow a diet. Placing too many restrictions on myself is setting myself up for failure. I’m sure a lot of you are the same way. Discovering the IIFYM (If it Fits Your Macros) approach was a total game changer. Working out with an online trainer and having someone to report to and keep me accountable also taught me how much I was truly capable of. It forced me to try new things I wouldn’t have done on my own. It inspired me to help others light that fire within themselves as well.
For all things I do and eat I focus on a balanced approach. This helps me to never feel deprived or like I’m missing out on something.This is why you will also often see me posting pictures of delicious burgers and hiking with family. I am not trying to become a figure model or body builder. I’m just trying to be the healthiest, fittest version of myself possible as I’m sure most of you are as well. Any product, recipe or workout I recommend is something I would or currently do personally use myself.
There are many ways to get fit and be healthy. Nothing you do will work without consistency. I cannot stress this enough. There are no quick fixes or magic pills. You have to find something that you can stick with long term. Remember that we are all human and we will make mistakes. The key is to learn from those mistakes and move on. As I mentioned on my Instagram, treat meals are ok, you just need to get right back on track with your next meal. Enjoying foods you enjoy with people you enjoy is part of the balanced approach. In fact, treat meals help a lot of people stay on track. I use my treat meal to try a new restaurant and/or enjoy a sweet treat. These meals should still remain portion controlled.
*Tip: save money and calories by splitting your treat with a friend
If you would like to see another full day of eating or “food diary” type post or hear more about the study habits I practiced to help me pass the exam please comment below.
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