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I never thought two years ago that I would be sitting here getting ready to offer advice and guidance to anyone on fitness and nutrition. It's been a little crazy around here and a bit of a whirlwind. So I guess the best place to start is with the name. After all what's in a name? For me everything.
For those who don't know, sojourn is another word for journey and the perfect word to describe my last couple of years. I started on this journey with the very modest desire of not feeling so old anymore. My lack of physical activity and long commute was wreaking havoc on my body and my energy. At the same time my better half really wanted to get back into training for triathlons and talked me into joining a gym with him. And then he started bugging me about doing a triathlon with him. For those of you who don't know me, and I'm hoping it's most of you because otherwise it's just my friends and family giving me a sympathy read (love you guys!), I am not a runner. Or at least I wasn't. It's amazing how things change. Six or seven triathlons, a 1/2 Marathon, and a couple other events later I finally get to call myself something that I never thought I would be...athlete. But that isn't the end of the journey, because that path led to another.
After a year of training for races and creating off-season workouts for my husband and I, he mentioned that I seemed to really enjoy doing it and that maybe I should consider becoming a personal trainer. Is anyone starting to notice a theme here? I kind of toyed with the idea of getting a spin instructors certification or something of that nature, then the layoffs started at my job. Although I made it through the first round, it was clear that things weren't exactly looking up. This meant it was likely I would have to put on my monkey suit and convince yet another employer that I really do have the skills they are looking for. Ugh! So my husband and I put together a plan in which we would stash a bunch of money in savings for several months then I would leave my job and go through a six month personal training certification program. Two months later I was laid off. Sometimes destiny calls and sometimes she just slaps you in the face.
I started the program early and immediately fell in love! This is where everything came full circle for me. We were having a class discussion on what we would expect to see in a personal trainer and appearance, specifically a physically fit appearance, became a point of discussion. There were differing opinions and then my instructor made a fantastic point. What if a trainer is noticeably overweight? But what if that trainer was also 100 lbs lighter than they were a year ago? His point was this, you never know where someone is in their journey so you should not rush to judge. Slap!!
So here it is, I don't believe everyone is on the same journey and I don't believe everyone has the same destination. I think too many people get stuck on what they look like or what they think they should look like and it really doesn't matter. The real question is did you do something today to make your bones, your heart, and your lungs stronger? Did you nourish your body today? Did you do something to engage your brain? That is all I want. I just want to help make everyone's journey just a little healthier and by doing that, maybe a little happier.