I recently shared a “Confessions” post with my gym in September’s newsletter; I write monthly articles for it and thought this would be a fun one for the blog, too! But there’s a bit of different content, an easy snack recipe and a video to boot in this one! As always, I’d love to hear your confessions – get ’em out! 😉
We’ve heard it before as the staff are sharing a pizza: “You guys can’t eat that stuff!” Or, in a moment of sharing my own body image struggles with a client, “But that’s not an issue for you.” Yes, we do and yes, it is! Today I’m opening up and laying out my confessions to you guys… Trainers – we’re normal people just like you.
1. I eat junk food. It’s true! Readers of any time period will know this. And while I’d like to say that my diet is comprised of 90% “clean eats” and 10% “treats,” it’s probably closer to the 80%/20% or 70%/30% breakdown most often. Sugar is the main thing I try to avoid, but life is too short for me personally to not enjoy gummy bears or have the occasional brownie dinner. 😉
2. I’m a bad counter. You’d think I’d be better at it because all I do each day is count reps, but nope! I’m watching your form, giving you cues, eying equipment for other exercises, and before you know it, I’ve lost our rep count. Of course, when I’m being trained or taking a class, you better believe I know what rep we’re on and if the trainer has forgotten her count. So, to all my clients and classes out there, I hear you when you say “That’s 9, not 7!” but, hey, a couple extra reps won’t kill you.
3. Body image issues are a struggle for me like many of you. Because of my profession, many people, assume I don’t struggle with my own body and fitness, but regardless of fitness level or weight lost, it’s an issue for me too! I’m continually working on my mindset and reminding myself (and clients) to focus on the things I love about my body, like my arms, hamstrings and ability to move. But there are certainly days when the mirror or scale gets the best of my brain too!
4. I go longer than you might like to know without washing my socks. Okay – or maybe a lot of my training gear. When your work clothes look very similar to your workout clothes and you practically live in them, it happens!
5. On a similar note, it’s a proven fact that your sense of fashion goes downhill faster the longer you train. Yep. Jeans and a sweater are dressing up for me – and for many trainers out there too. You can dress me up… well, no, you can’t actually.
(about as fancy as I get – gooooo, Target dress! and here’s my body image issues coming in thinking I looked so lean earlier this summer… come on, positive self-talk, let’s get back on track!)
6. I really do love burpees any anything kettlebell related. So at our annual “Train the Trainer” event, if you make me do burpees I’ll be fatigued but happy – the best do anywhere, total body movement! What’s not to love? (Check out my Burpees Everywhere workout here!) And swings, goblet squats, snatches with kettlebells? Look out, clients – you’ll be doing those. 😉
7. Moderation is tough for me. I preach it – and truly try to practice it – but if I bake some cookies at home or for an event, I’m so full of the dough before the cookies are even ready that I can barely get one down. How do you bakers do it?! If there’s junk in my house, my husband will show restraint and disinterest, even, while I’m sniffing out the remains like a dog on the hunt. (Note to self, this is why I don’t bake often.) A good alternative is what I had last night for a snack: