Whew, it has been awhile since I posted. It’s October. Already. Fourth quarter. Crunch time. If you didn’t know, I’m an active CPA. To maintain my certification, I am required to complete an ethics course and 40 hours of continuing education every year. Trust me, you don’t want to forget to do this. Retaking that test would be absolutely miserable. If I am not spending an hour or two at night listening to lectures or reading material online, I am doing it piece meal when I have time during the day.
I have also now officially started my Spartan SGX Training. In just the first session, I can already tell that this certification is top of the line. This isn’t just continuing education. The individuals that developed the training regimen expect those who become certified to exhibit a high level of knowledge for both physical and mental training. You can’t even take the course if you are not certified as a personal trainer.
We are expected to develop our own vision for where we want to be personally both short term and long term. We are asked to do a mission statement and focus on how we want to impact our community. The certification is not just about physically getting someone off the couch but mentally building self efficacy in everyone that we train. Accepting that life is all about accepting obstacles that get in our way while keeping a positive attitude and trust that we can get through it. I am extremely happy about choosing to be a part of this process, and I am looking forward to being able to use this going forward. If you are thinking about a workout change, some variety, training for a Spartan Race or simply finding something to motivate you to get moving, please stay up to date on my blog. In the past few days and over the next week, I have started and will continue the process of making an incredible plan to develop a training program unlike any other in the Charlotte area. I can’t wait to share!
Other than continuing to stay up to date on all of my career paths, life has been per usual. I am training two bootcamps per week at SmartCore Fitness. The most recent groups have been so strong and motivated. I am very proud of how far they have come and where they plan to go. Shout out to Taylor Cloud (pictured above on the left), who recently completed an incredible Olympic distance triathlon at Kiawah. I also want to take a second to recognize Tracey Croner (pictured above on the right and below).
Tracey has recently started her own blog (http://tlcunmasked.blogspot.com) as a process of healing from an eating disorder that once controlled her life. She is relatable in her thought process. She is so strong for taking the time to reach out to anyone who is listening (or reading). Eating disorders are far too common in our society. They take over a person’s thought process. They ruin lives. Hearing the details of someone’s story is a a great way for someone experiencing that same pain to realize that they can make a change. When you have time, check out her page. I LOVE seeing a smile on her face when she exercises. I love seeing her shed her long sleeve shirt and enjoy her workout.
Aside from SmartCore, I have also still been teaching my regular schedule at Flywheel Charlotte. What is regular anyways? On a consistent basis, I am teaching at 10:45 AM on Monday and Thursday and 7:30 AM on Sunday. I am working towards subbing as much as I can. See playlist from Sunday above.
As an added incentive to taking my Thursday class (or any Flybarre or Flywheel class), members can enjoy 20% off an order at the Juice Bar next door. I mean, seriously? Who would pass this up? Juice Bar doesn’t just sell juices. There is an incredible selection of smoothies and snacks. Check it out!
At home workouts are still consistently occurring 1-2 days per week. I am on the verge of getting back to training like usual (following my shoulder dislocation). In the mean time, I have been varying exercises and still posting my favorite weekly exercise to my Instagram account (flyjenduf). Did you see the official Bosu instagram page reposted my burpee double step up exercise? Thank you Bosu!
I’m also now regularly fueling my workouts with salads from new kid on the block, Chopt. Y’all, I said it once, I will say it again, I never thought salads could look or taste this good. You can say that you can make this at home, but you can’t. I think I am a pretty good cook. I think I eat pretty healthy. I don’t make salads this good. My husband wants to go to dinner here. It is filling. It is fresh. It is downright good.
On the same day that I found this in my rear tire, I took my car to the shop only to walk over to Chopt for dinner with the girls. I ran into the operations manager while we were enjoying our meal. I am sold on this place. So sold that I inquired to him if it was possible to franchise a restaurant. Nope. He did say that there will be two opening in Uptown Charlotte and one in Blakeney. That’s right. If you haven’t tried it, get there.
Finally, I get to what I have been doing that really matters. These two. If all of the things above fail, I will always be important to these two. If you have been following my blog for a long time, you know how hard it was for me to decide to stop working full time to be able to spend more time with my kids. Looking back, I wouldn’t change a thing. Any time I sit down to write a blog and they reach out to me for attention, I have to remind myself that they come first. I chose to be at home. I chose to be available to them when they needed me. It’s fall, we have a lot to look forward to, and I can’t wait to share!