Fukumoto Friday: Week 44

In just over 24 hours, I’ll be done the most stressful part of the last few months: exams for my personal training certification. It has been a long process and even though I’ve studied, I still don’t feel prepared. The unfortunate thing about trying to study when you have 3 young kids is that most days, the only time I had to study in peace was 9 or 10 at night. Not exactly my best hours mentally. But at this point, it’s like when you’re about to toe the line at a race: you’re as ready as you’re going to be and you have to trust your training. And that’s what I need to do: trust that I have the knowledge I need to pass these exams.

My Saturday morning exam home!
My Saturday morning exam home!

The other pretty exciting news is that I’ve officially started in the coaching development program at Fukumoto! I’m so excited, nervous and pumped all at the same time! I’ve been at it a couple of weeks now, observing and slowly taking a turn leading small parts of the group sessions…it’s been awesome. There have been a few hiccups along the way but I suppose growing pains are to be expected, especially when you’re doing something new and don’t generally like being the focus of attention. But the feedback has been good and the critique has never left me feeling dumb or like I’m failing. Every day is a new chance to do better. I have a lot of work to do but I know it’ll come more naturally as time goes on and I get more practice. It’s also been nice to get to know more people there too. I love learning everyone’s stories! I’m also still in shock that this is me doing these crazy things. Who would have ever thought it possible?! God definitely moves in strange and unique ways!

As for the workouts, I’m still doing those and this phase has left me more challenged than I’ve felt in a long time. Not that I’ve never felt challenged but these workouts are really challenging me to push harder and try new things but also to pull back when I’m tired and losing form. That often takes more discipline than trying a harder variation. I’ve enjoyed them. And because I’m doing my coaches training 3 days a week, I’m working out at different times too which means I get to meet and get to know more people outside of my regular class. I do miss my crew though. They really do become your family away from family.

Once these exams are done, I am taking a big, deep breath and going to enjoy a couple of quiet days to let the stress of the last few weeks ooze out of me. I have some pretty exciting stuff taking shape for the rest of this year and already into next year so I know that when these moments of quiet come, I need to take full advantage of them.


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Stephanie is a Canadian Mom of 3, Runner, Certified Functional Strength Coach (CFSC), Christ-follower and all around reeker of awesomeness. When she's not chasing after her kids, you can find her dreaming big dreams and bringing them to life.

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