I've had a tumultuous year so far. On January 8th we recieved word that one of my husband's employees suddenly died at the age of 50. I felt as if I walked into a brick wall upon hearing the news. Those of you who know me are aware that I am 53 and in 5 months will have another birthday. It gave me pause to critically look at myself in the mirror and examine my own health and mortality.
Within a week I joined Weight Watchers (WW). I found an inviting group and a leader who makes our meetings full of fun and laughter. Due to my own self-shame, it took me a while to admit I was a personal trainer. After that particular meeting one woman questioned me as to why I was at WW afterall, I knew what to do. My reply was an analogy of an accountant during tax season. Would they want to stay after work to do their own taxes? The woman replied no, probably not. Here's where my problem lied...I was burned out.
As the weeks passed we encountered more funerals. I think in seven weeks we went to seven funerals. It all culminated when my husband's best friend passed away from esopheagel cancer at the age of 54. That was devastating as one can imagine. However, I had my support group at WW and continued to go to meetings every week I was in town. I must admit, this helped my spirits immensely.
I was traveling for a week in March and then was gone for 10 days in April. I've encountered Passover & Easter and have continued to lose weight each week. Then another blow...a friend suffered a heart attack while out of town over Passover, he is 48. It wasn't looking too good in the beginning but he just got out of the hospital last Saturday, and thankfully is on the mend.
So, you may be asking yourself why I'm writing all this? Well, life can change in an instant. We all know this but rarely do we think about it cognitively. I want to be here on this earth to watch my son's life thrive and to grow with my husband. I can't do this if I willingly neglect my body. Therefore, I decided to act. I am currently down 21.6 pounds and still counting. I'm also writing this to shed light on the fact that fitness professionals are not perfect. Even though I posess the knowledge, it's sometimes difficult to put it into motion. I am a work in progress and finally feel ok with that notion.
If you're contemplating a fitness or weight loss journey don't wait, start today. It could be your life that you save.
Yours in health & wellness,
Val Hahamy, CPT, CES
September 27th is a beginning and an ending for me. It was my hire date and now ironically, it is our closing date. I spent 15 years getting to know most all of whom walked through the doors of Highland Park Hospital Health & Fitness Center. Both the team and the members. I've seen them come, go, grow up, and move on. For the last few days, it has seemed like a death has occurred. I've had to wrap my proverbial head around the fact that once again things were changing. I could refuse to accept it or adapt. My decision is quite clear to me now, I will adapt. How, I'm not positive. I may stay at the Center and train on Tuesdays like normal or leave completely and expand my horizons into new territory. Regardless, the last few days have been difficult to say the least.
The lessons I've learned are many:
1) Never burn a bridge, you don't know when you'll need it to get to the other side.
2) When a company is in financial trouble and they tell you they have an investor, be prepared for the worst.
3) Always have Plan B.
4) Always have Plan C!
5) Continue to reach out to those who you've worked with. Networking is essential. Stay in touch!
6) Starting at the birth of an organization and being there at the end is like watching someone take their last breath. Sad, but extremely rewarding.
7) Own whatever you do. It will give you more pride in the end.
8) Save people in any way possible.
9) Leave your personal issues at the door. Walk in with a clear & happy spirit.
Last but not least...
10) "Girly tough ain't tough enough" Thanks Jules <3
The end of 2011 is near,
A wonderful time we’ve had this year.
To friends and family and those so dear,
Thank you to clients who were always here.
New goals to make in the year to come,
Maybe a 5K we’ll walk or run.
With hard work, dedication, and lots of fun,
Hopefully, we’ll all lift our bum!
Push, pull, lift, and press,
I encourage you to be your best.
Challenge yourself to do more reps,
Get up and stretch between each set.
Squats and lunges for our legs to tone,
By springtime we’ll be in our training zone.
If you’re hesitant to do it alone,
Call a personal trainer’s phone.*
*(847.767.6130-Val Hahamy-shameless plug :)
Happy Holidays to you and yours,
Bring your fitness goals through my door.
Let's not forget to work your core,
So you can go and celebrate more!