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Adjusting to a New Routine

Wake up: 5:30 am

Pack lunch, eat a small breakfast, make some tea.

Leave house: 6:00 am

Arrive at C-Train: 6:15 am and ride it all the way in to the downtown core.

Get to work: 6:45 am

The day begins: 7:00 am

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This will be a likely pattern to my days as I get into my role working again as a personal trainer in a gym setting. I’m still getting used to the commuting part and putting yourself out there and meeting people part, but so far it’s been good! The movement and training is an area I’m comfortable with, but the clientele are a different bunch for me: all corporate folk! Who are surely just people too, but at the same time their often type-A, in-and-out, more direct approach to business and often life is not the way I typically function. I need to stand up tall, have confidence in the service I provide, and work people well!

So far my days have gone just as I pictured, really. I signed my contract and received my welcome letter, met the rest of the staff I’d yet to meet and hung around the PT office for a bit. In between going over the training manual and procedures with clients (love the flexibility I have with my position as far as training goes!), I chatted with members, being introduced by name to each person. I enjoyed the banter between members and the staff and look forward to the day when I’m no longer “new” and just a face but part of that team in an intimate way and knowing the members too! It will come. A big focus of the club is personalized, friendly service, and knowing every person’s name is a great way to make people feel welcome…sounds like I have lots of names to study up on! 😉

One of the things I love about this gym is the uniform set-up: you take your old (or buy new) lululemon shirts and they silk screen them with the name of the club and “Personal Trainer” on it. So much more fun (and individualized) than a matching shirt you have to give back. 😀 So a quick trip to the store to use my personal training discount and gym money allotted for the uniform purpose was in order. Check out my goods to train in (I had no long sleeved lululemon shirts and it’s chilly in the gym):

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Today I shadowed more trainers, took a BodyPump class (actually my first one ever even though I’m familiar with the program and class), went for a quick 2 mile speed run, and started getting ready for a big day tomorrow. I’m subbing a “Hard CORE” abs class and training some clients of a few trainers who are away. Jumping right in!  I’m grateful to have gotten the first day jitters out of my system as things start to pick up for me at the gym!

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As far as my own workouts go, I’ve been taking Heather’s advice from the comments in yesterday’s post and took a few days off in a row (ahh! I know!) to give my body more time to rest. I’m feeling much better physically today after two days of pure rest. When I don’t work out I usually try to put extra focus on eating clean, but in my tired (hello, time change!), weak state I said “yes” to two small cookies instead of my big salad after eating at random times yesterday…And they sure tasted great! 😉 I try not to fuel up on sugar but they were there and i was hungry. Gotta stay on track these next few days if I won’t be moving as much! Speaking of which…

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That’s right! How we fuel ourselves is SO important…I’m trying to stay on top of that by eating right in my in between times (back to a busy, few minutes of breaks here and there schedule!) so I don’t bonk in my workouts or life during the day.

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Looking forward to small group (aka “Fat Tuesday”) tonight – I love sharing an evening with friends over good food, wine, and fellowship as we come together and chat about life.

Have you had to make any recent adjustments in your life? Transitioning into anything in particular, whether it be work-related, personal, relational? I’d love to hear how your transition is going.

I leave you with a few pictures from mine and Mikey’s walk together the other night – we enjoyed a short stroll along the ridge and each other’s company (plus my rasta hat from my brother!). Live well & be well friends, and thanks for letting me share my journey with you!


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  • StoriesAndSweetPotatoes says:

    I do like how you get to wear your own comfy shirts. I loved working at Trader Joe’s because we just wore a T-shirt and jeans! It sounds like an exciting new routine. As with anything, it will become more familiar. It might be interesting to train those corporate types. I bet you’ll hear some great stories 🙂

  • Coco says:

    I’m studying to be a personal trainer right now and I’m currently teaching yoga. I’m trying not to get ahead of myself since I started the process, but I am interested in how other PT got their starts.. and of course any tips/tricks/advice would be awesome if you have any 🙂 Good luck with the new schedule adjustments!

    • Bon says:

      Awesome, Coco! Maybe if there’s interest I’ll do a post on what I’ve learned and any tips I have to entering this field. Thanks for the kind words!

  • Jen @nutcaseinpoint says:

    Hmm recent adjustments…well, I justed moved to Calgary from Boston and I’m trying to find a job! I’m a personal trainer/group fitness instructor as well, so I’ve been trying out a bunch of different gyms to see what might be a good fit!

    • Bon says:

      Calgary?! You’re kidding! …we should get together! If you’re ever interested in or have any questions about PT let’s chat! Welcome to Cow Town. 😉

  • Jen @nutcaseinpoint says:

    Just* 🙂

  • Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table says:

    You are awake and out the door on 30 mins?! I am beyond impressed.

    Good for you taking rest days. I need to take the advice myself.

  • Heather Blackmon @ Better With Veggies says:

    I love this glimpse into your new life – very fun! How cool that they take a more individual approach to the standard “uniform”, I think that’s a great idea!

    I’m so glad my advice helped, it’s funny how we need that “outsiders” perspective sometimes to let ourselves take a break. I needed the same – good for you for listening! You’ll be back at it in no time. 🙂

  • Sabrina @ Radioactive Runner says:

    ahh, i feel so behind..
    CONGRATS Bonnie on your new adventure!! I am SO happy for you! Good for you for stepping out of your comfort zone and trying something new. It can be nerve-racking for sure but so fullfilling. I hear you on the public transit.. sometimes I get so nervous when I take the bus and feel like such a baby feeling that way lol. Oh well, our feelings are valid, right!
    I love that you’re gear is Lululemon too.. you will look so neat and styling in that gym.
    I’m happy to read that you have been allowing yourself to REST. So important!
    Great pics of you and Mikey.. what a good looking couple! love you friend and wishing you much success in your new adventure!! They are lucky to have you!

  • Lindsay says:

    a new gym!! how exciting. Definitely means more routine, i agree. And the lulu get up ain’t bad. I like that idea. Hope all the shadowing goes well. Tell Mikey hello.

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