Hello new readers! Thanks for stopping to check my blog out. It occurred to me that I should give you an idea of why I'm writing this blog. If you've read my website you can see some of my history. Yes, our family has had some orthopedic issues in the last few years that are now behind us. I'm feeling good about my future and soooo excited to be a certified personal trainer. I love helping people and if you know me - I kind of like telling people what to do and I'm good at it.
Here's a little recap on my relationship with exercise - as I look back I really have loved exercise my whole life. I grew up as a competitive swimmer and got into snow skiing in high school. I played a little bit of a bunch of sports (volleyball, tennis, basketball, etc). I was never the star player but I had fun. It wasn't until my late 20's that I became hooked on going to the gym. I say hooked but really I mean I would go six months consistently then for several months I'd hardly go at all, I was very sporadic but still loved the energy of being in a gym setting. Usually, I'd get really into it if I knew I had a ski trip coming up. I remember charging down the mountain jumping over moguls thinking in my head "thank you stair master". I certainly wasn't a competitive skier but I had fun. Also, just so you know, I never was a string bikini girl no matter how much I worked out. But I felt strong and confident. I had personal trainers off and on and enjoyed going to the gym. While I did enjoy going to the gym, there was also an underlying motivation to stay healthy. My Nana, my Dad's mom, had a coronary bypass surgery. I still remember her going into surgery and it dawned on me "she has always been so fit, how can this happen?". From then on exercise for me took on a different meaning. Now when I spent time on the stair master or whatever, I would actually be thinking "I don't care what I look like, I just want my heart to keep beating". It scared me. Now I still think that but I also think "I want to be a good example for my kids", "I want to live a long time in a healthy body".
As I write this blog I want you to understand that the pointers that I may be sharing have worked or are working for me personally. Everybody is so different. I'm hoping by me sharing what I've learned and continue to learn I can help you get to where you are going too. Maybe my ideas will spark something in you that will help you to figure out what your secret to success is. I say success, but that doesn't mean I think I'm "a success" - I'm still learning too. And by the way, I don't think of success as being perfectly shaped, ready for the front of a magazine. It's ok if I'm not "perfect", I'm just doing the best I can and I hope you can take something from what I'm writing and use it in your own life.
With this blog I intend to share information on exercise and nutrition but also some stories or observations that I may encounter during my life that may help you get a different perspective on things. Sometimes I may write to educate you, sometimes to entertain, sometimes to motivate or sometimes to elevate. Some days I may be very technical when I describe certain exercises or other days I may share a ridiculous observation. I may seem irreverant at times (my mom often laughs at me and says "is nothing sacred?") or very opinionated. I will try to create headers that let you know what is coming so you are given fair warning - you can decide to read my post or not. If you do like or relate to something I've written please let me know. If I get some feedback I'll know better what you'd like to hear about. Most of the time I'll be typing off the top of my head, sort of stream of conscious like right now - so please forgive my rambling.
I hope you enjoy my blog.
Maria Humphreys is a meditation expert, personal trainer, mom and wife.