Transitioning from the daily life of a Personal Trainer to a “civilian” has been quite comfortable. Almost too comfortable; I never realized what it was like to be on the other end of the trainer/client relationship.
There was a time I worked a regular 9-5, hated my job, always ate take out and punished myself with long runs. When I first started working out it was for my first bikini show. With about 2 months left of my employement, I quit my job and stayed unemployed for about a year. At this time I was spending my days doing what I love the most; blogging and show prep. Then after my show, I got my NASM Certification and began working as a trainer. I never had this real adjustment period of learning how to live this active lifestyle and work in an office.
Now don’t let it confuse you, just because you work as a Personal Trainer it doesn’t mean you get paid to work out. I spent many days sleeping 5 hours, barely eating and forcing myself through a workout. My workouts were still important to me so I always made the time no matter how busy my day was.
Immediately after my second show, I started working at a desk. This time I enjoyed what I did, the people I worked with and a lot of people in the office were fitness minded, unlike my previous office job experience. This made it easier to socially transition but just because we are a fitness company it didn’t take away the junk food office environment. I started my employment there standing at my desk at least 6 hours a day and sticking to all of my prepped food. Seeing all the free delicious food around didn’t phase me because I always knew it would be there tomorrow. My only “struggle” at this time was trying to get in my 10,000 steps. I use to get 14,000 as a Trainer and now I’m barely breaking 4k, but that was able to be resolved with some after work cardio.
Slowly but surely, I began to sat just a little bit more and I snacked just a little bit more ending up taking over my day. The food was there so I ate it; my chair was there so I sat. Cardio stopped being a concern and caffeine ended up being an all day thing. The gym was the one thing that never changed because this life was too important to for me to ever give up. To be honest, I was thankful for my personal time back so no matter how tired I felt, I still went. I could finally work out for me again!
I realized changing your unhealthy lifestyle into a healthy one can be difficult and life would be much easier if you could take all the temptations away distracting you into being naturally healthy. But since that isn’t the case that means you’ll have to work and it will be hard. I suggest starting with one major goal; sure, you can pick a handful of things you want to change like going to the gym three times a week, missing the afternoon snack of office cookies and standing half your day at your desk, but just pick one to focus on. Work on the others but give yourself credit if you fail at it.
I’ve been putting all my energy into cutting the caffeine but cutting my sugar is in the back of my head. I give myself a break if I decide to eat the M&Ms as long as I’m on point with my caffeine. Once I am confident with that then I’ll move on the next goal. Focusing on the one major goal has given me the chance to build my confidence back up and with every day that goes by it gets easier and I feel better. I definitely got a dose of the office reality but it’s ok. I’ll get my routine back.