10 Jaw Dropping Confessions Of A Personal Trainer

Is it really time for another Confessions? I can’t believe that we’re into March. And just incase you’re interested, today marks exactly 1 month until my big 30th birthday. Ugh.

But that’s not what I am confession today, I have some much juicer confessions to get off my chest!

Why do I do confessions? Because in the blog world, life can look a little too perfect sometimes. It’s always been my goal to present the truth on health and fitness to my readers, and part of that means being honest about who I am.

If you missed my previous confessions you can see them here:

Confessions 1

Confessions 2

Confessions 3

Confessions 4

Without further ado, let the honesty start rolling freely.

10 Jaw-Dropping Confessions Of A Personal Trainer


1. I’m scared to death of the Palmetto 200.

At the end of the month, I am running the Palmetto 200 with 11 other ladies.

I’m scared to death for several reasons:

    • As the captain, will I have everything prepared?
    • Will everyone get along? <— Out of my control, yes, but still on my mind.
    • And most importantly… will my legs be able to handle the miles?

It’s no secret that running, while still an important part of my life, isn’t the most important. So I am hoping that the training I’ve done will be enough to help me handle the 20+ miles that I’m assigned to!

2. I skipped my track workout. 

After reading Katie’s post yesterday, I thought I should share this.

I’m not perfect, there are days when my bed is warm and cozy. On Tuesday at 5 am, I got up, put on my running clothes, laced up my shoes and sat on the couch thinking about how much I didn’t want to go run in the cold. Then my running buddy texted me that she wasn’t really feeling the cold either, and we decided forgo the run. I then peeled off my shoes, but unlike Katie, I left my running clothes on and went back to bed.

I’m human. And I hate cold.

3. I am a total omnivore.


Homemade venison fajitas!

A few months ago I filled you in that I was giving up my vegan diet for my health. It’s been a slow transition, and a period of trying of testing what feels good and what doesn’t. At that time, I was eating only seafood and eggs…

But I am happy to report, I am now following the no-diet approach.

No labels or restrictions. I eat what fuels my body and what taste good on my taste buds. The end. Of course there are still a ton of vegan parts to my diet, which is why I can’t wait for my copy of Oh She Glow’s Cookbook to come in!

4. I’m over dumbbells.

I don’t think I have used a dumbbell in my own workout for months (with the exception of when I workout with Jeanette). I just have no desire for them, and to be honest I feel like I get so much more out of my own body weight, from kettlebells, and even from barbells (I love bear complexes).

I think I am just a bit tired of them since dumbbells were such a major part of my strength training for almost an entire decade. I’m sure they’ll find their way back into my training one day…

5. I’m not a water chugging type of trainer.

I think I’ve confessed this before. Unlike most trainers who walk around with a huge Camelback water bottle, I don’t. In fact, I am hardly ever thirsty and have to almost force myself to drink throughout the day. This week I made it my goal to drink 2-liters of water/day. The first day I did it, you would assume that I was running back and forth to the bathroom all day, right? No, I peed 3x all day. A clear sign I HAVE TO DRINK MORE!


Right now, I am sipping on water with Nuun as I type.

6. Sometimes I surprise myself. 

This isn’t a confession, but more of a proud moment.

Last week I jumped on a treadmill to do a quick tempo run. I set it to what I thought was an 8-min mile pace and immediately covered the screen with a towel. My goal at that time was to do all tempo runs at this pace (it’s my half-marathon goal pace).

I was a bit surprised at how challenging it felt from the get-go but kept pushing forward.

I removed the towel to see I had completed my 4-miles. But upon review, I also discovered my pace wasn’t an 8-minute mile but a 7.30 minute mile.

Now that I know I can do it, it’s been the tempo pace I’ve been going after! It’s amazing what can happen when you just go.

7. My husband’s desire to beat me makes me work harder.

Dan informed me that his goal for our next trail race (this summer) is to beat me.

My response? Not going to happen! I will not let him take away the pride I get from knowing I am a stronger runner than he is (he’s better at basically everything else fitness related). I will train harder simply knowing that he’s going to be at my heels.

Are we the only really competitive couple out there? Please tell me, we’re not insane! But the thought of him beating me at something I work so hard for, makes me mad just thinking about it! Haha.

8. Early morning workouts aren’t cool.

I know people post up on Facebook announcing how amazing their morning workout was and posting pictures on Instagram of their 4:45am sweat sessions, but they have no affect on me. And let’s be honest… NO ONE likes waking up before the sun is up. Sure we do it because we have to, or because it’s habit, but seriously, waking up that early isn’t something we go to bed looking forward to.

I used to be a morning workout warrior, no more. Sleep has become a big goal for me this year, and if I am able to get 7 hours of sleep at night, I’m going to take it. The workout will come later. There aren’t extra bragging rights for a 5:00 am workout.

9. My dog doesn’t get the walks she deserves.


Most people probably think that trainers have the healthiest pets. We love to workout, so we love to walk our dogs so they get exercise too…

Um, not right now. In fact, poor Zoe (who turns 10 this month!) hasn’t been on a walk lasting longer than 10 minutes in weeks because of the cold. It’s been purely to take care of business. Luckily, she hates the cold temperatures too so she doesn’t seem to mind.

I’m a terrible pet parent.

10. I’ve added winter fluff. 

Dan won’t agree, but I think he’s just trying to be nice. The winter has taken it’s toll on me, like it does so many others. I am craving heartier foods, giving in more to cravings and have drastically cut my total weekly running mileage due to the cold.

Because of that, I am a little softer than I would prefer. But you know what? I am also adding muscle, so the extra calories are helping! I’m not worried about it. When it warms back up, I know my diet will naturally lighten up and I’ll get more action out on the roads/trails.

Adding muscle has been a huge goal for a long time. So I see it as a blessing. Muscle up now, lean out in April! That’s the plan.

Now that I have confessed, I feel so much better! Now it’s your turn…

Have any confessions to make? 


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