Training Fuel #SweatPink #ShareYourStory

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I am thrilled to be sharing my story as part of SweatPink Ambassador blogger pro initiative launched by Fit Approach and Sweatguru.

The theme this week is training fuel and boy what an important topic! Nourishing and replenishing your body at all stages of training, no matter the activity is important.

So let me share My Story!

1. How do you fuel before, during, and post work outs?

For me, I like to keep it as natural as possible which means I rely on foods such as eggs, fruits and veggies, nuts, legumes and other goodies to prepare for a big race or to replenish what I lost post race, work out or just if I am out for a stroller walk.

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We love our Community Shared Agricultural basket! It’s what keeps us on track.

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Garden fresh salad, and eggs straight from the farmer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On a daily basis, my family and I meal plan to ensure that we eat right all week long. Don’t get me wrong, we have our moments where on a Friday night or after a really busy workday we do take out.

We are human! And “living a little” helps us stay focused in the longer run. Eating right is one of many important aspects of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, the two go hand in hand. We also want our little one to learn how to eat properly and healthily.

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A fellow blogger, as part of a recent Canadian Fit Gear Exchange shared with me her favourites for refueling during a long run. I look forward to giving these a try as I really add “Kms” to my half marathon training.

2. How do you rehydrate? 

So… While I was in maternity leave I got into the habit of always carrying a water bottle with me and at times I would drink anywhere between 4-5L of water a day! A large part of this was because of nursing and the need to always keep my body hydrated.

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Once I returned to running, I started carrying my Nike water belt which allows for four small bottles of water. I find that I need to drink a lot of water in order to have my whole system working to its max!

For years I also tried sports drinks or additives to my water to boost my electrolytes but could never really get into it. I am not a juice drinker so I always found it made the water too sweet.

As I start my half marathon training, I am beginning to see the importance of finding the right balance and need for furling properly.

Thanks for stopping by!

I’d love to hear about how you refuel, and perhaps you learned a little bit from me. 

 

Group Fitness Instructor Training Apprenticeship Hours Complete

Now what?

What a journey.

 

I debated for a long time whether to add the apprenticeship hours to my already hectic life schedule. Like all moms I usually feel guilty spending time doing things for “me” when I could be spending that time with my daughter and my husband.  After much thinking,  I signed up and for three weekends I attended the YMCA class to learn the important steps for becoming a group instructor. Because in the big scheme of things three half days is not a lot if it means that I can complete my certification sooner and start teaching.

The programming for the hours is broken into three sections and each week you start to build on the section from the previous week. By the third class you are teaching your peers a good chunk of a group strength class. You start with the basics like warm ups and work your way through what is required for building a strength programming focused on the various muscle groups (working from big muscles to small ones).


At the beginning of the course I was super nervous and feeling anxious about putting on a microphone and standing in front of a small room of ladies to teach them my “program”. When I say my “program” it’s a mix of work outs/exercises that I have watched some of my favourite instructors teach over the years.

I don’t know what happened to me, but the moment that I put on the microphone, grabbed the weights and resistance bar — something clicked. I immediately felt confident and no longer outside of my “comfort zone”.  I explained to my peers that this sort of thing is so different from my day-to-day job, or anything I imagined I would take on (despite always being an active and fit individual). I am not saying there were not moments were I forgot a segment or that I had to readjust my weights or angle to ensure proper form — it was NOT PERFECT.

But ….

I am looking forward to what’s to come in terms of completing the requirement teaching hours (2-4 formal classes) and the certification process. I am still nervous about this, but I know it will be fine. What is reassuring is the fact that all instructors (including the evaluator) started somewhere. For one reason or another, they too made a decision to become a group fitness instructor and to give back to the community.  Who knows, maybe in a few months I will consider adding some sort of nutrition course or sports nutrition certificate (also a YMCA program). 

Stay tuned friends, I am learning and hopefully can continue to grow into a healthier, fitter me, while sharing to the world my love to give back and teach those around me.