certified personal trainer

**I tried to post this last night, but WordPress was not cooperating**

Sometime in January, I decided that I wanted to become a personal trainer, so I sought out a great program and signed up.  I did not tell many people about this, but I have spent the past 4 months learning, taking workshops, and studying all about the body and its components.  It is a lot of information, but it is all stuff that a trainer need’s to know!  I really enjoyed everything that I learned in the class and the workshop, especially the information on weight lifting and nutrition.

This morning, after a crazy 2 weeks of studying non-stop, I passed my exam!  So, I am officially a Certified Personal Trainer!  Yahoo!

I hope to give you guys some workout tips every now and then from here on out!

Before my exam, my wonderful husband made me some delicious brain food for breakfast – 2 eggs on toast.

They were delicious!  A meal always tastes better when someone else makes it for you. 🙂

Right before the test, I snacked on a banana.  Then took a 2 hour exam (that I passed!!!) and came home to lunch.

A salad with CSA greens, black beans, salsa and sweet potato gnocchi dressed with a little olive oil, pear infused vinegar, salt and pepper.

It was really good!  Maybe because I was starving…

I also had some farmers market yogurt with strawberries and dark chocolate mixed in.

I was in need of a good post-exam treat…and this is the best I could come up with at home!

I snacked on some dried strawberries and raspberries mid afternoon.

When I got home from work, I didn’t know what to do with myself – I didn’t have to study!  Instead, I got to work in the kitchen and made some quinoa for dinner.

I cooked the quinoa in 1/2 water, 1/2 veggie broth to give it some flavor, then stirred in some dried thyme, basil, salt and pepper.  While that was cooking, I chopped and rinsed our CSA spinach and added it to a saute pan with a tiny bit of olive oil, balsamic and honey to wilt just a tad.

The spinach was so fresh, that I didn’t want to lose it’s flavor by wilting it too much!  I served the quinoa on top of the bed of spinach with local tomatoes, feta and oregano.  Along with a slice of seeded bread from Saratoga.

Just what I wanted for dinner on a rainy night.

What a day!!! 🙂

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6 Responses

  1. Congrats Jen! I’m so excited for you!

  2. Congratulations! I’m available if you need to a volunteer to practice your personal training. =)

  3. Hooray! Congrats! I used to love when my mom would make me eggs before a big test in high school! It does always taste better when someone else makes it!

  4. Congratulations Jen!! I’m very happy for you 😀

  5. Congrats Jen! Way to go!

  6. Congrats girl! That seems like a dream come true for ya, I’d looove to have a certification like that. Train me? haha 😀

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