The 7 Deadly Confessions Of A Personal Trainer (IV)

Hello friends! I hope you’re having a wonderful day.

Unfortunately, I am going through some family events at the moment, so I can’t say it’s wonderful (which is the reason for a late posting). I will however say I am grateful to have this place to come to and disconnect. I am also grateful for family and friends. Together we are a pretty strong team.

And because I see this as my home, it’s time for me to come clean and open up. Why? Because we’re friends but also because I think in the blog world things can get “reality tv-ish”…

You know, it looks real and perfect, but the real reality is much messier and not as idealistic.

If you’ve missed the previous confessions you can check them out here:

7 Deadly Confessions Of A Personal Trainer IV


1. My food isn’t always good, or even edible.

You have to love Instagram, people posting their delicious “looking” meals to share their amazing creations. Of course making us go “wow, all of her food looks so good!” I’m guilty.

And then I posted this:


Do you follow me?

I posted this picture this past weekend of arugula soup. It looks delicious right? The rich green, the creaminess, the warmth it seems to give.

It sucked. It sucked so bad that right after this picture, the bowl was poured down the sink along with the entire pot! It was so bad neither Dan or I could stomach anything beyond a single spoonful.

Not all recipes are winners. Trust me I have my fair share of flops. And I promise, I’ll confess to those flops, after all, I could have posted the picture with a comment along the lines of “check out my delicious bowl of arugula soup! #nomnom!”

2. I am a secret treadmill racer.

If you run beside me on a treadmill, I will glance over to see what speed you’re running at. And then I will up mine to be at least 1 up on you. Guilty.

I’m that girl.

3. I get mad at the weak, toned girls at the gym.

Damn good genetics! That’s what I will whisper under my breath (or to Jeanette) when we work our butts off to lift heavy and look over at the bikini model beside us with the 5 pound weights.

I’m a “hard gainer” meaning it’s hard for me to add muscle mass, so yes, I get flustered when I see some girl with a killer body who is deadlifting a “baby” bar. It’s not her fault, and I don’t hold a grudge but I do take notice.

4. I love planks… finally!

Half way through!

A few confessions ago, I announced that I hated planks… with a passion. They were boring, burning, and torture to do.

But since starting the plank challenge January 1st, I have a new relationship with them. I’m beginning to wonder just how long I can hold it and really test myself. A month ago, you would have had to twist my arm to hold a plank longer than a minute.

But now, I am digging them! Bring on the 90-second plank next week!

5. My passion for distance running is almost nonexistent.

This is how i feel every time I go run!

I know your just gasped, right?

Since Kiawah I have had my running confidence squashed a bit. After recovering from my injury, I just haven’t felt that excitement to go and log the miles.

It’s really bumming me out honestly, and I know it will come back, but right not I am just not feeling it. Though I think my midsection is feeling the lack of running!

I am really excited to race this weekend simply to see if I can get that spark back. Ever love something one day and the next just not care?Β 

6. I work hard to make a few reps look really good.Β 

Case and point…

We are in the process of hiring a new personal trainer. This trainer is amazing and was actually a boot camper before decided to be a trainer. I’ve been going over a few moves that she needs to get stronger at because I am a true believer that all of my trainers need to be able to do ALL the exercises perfectly for demonstrating to clients.

I could tell she was a bit nervous about that, stating that I make the hard moves look so easy.

Then I filled her in… I’ve mastered doing up to 5 reps perfectly and I’ve mastered being able to cover the expression on my face when things get tough.


Another example:

Ugh close grip push-ups!

The truth: there are TONS of moves that I am not great at! I just happen to be able to do enough good reps to show others how to do it, after that, I’m done… spent!

Sometimes it’s a bit of an acting game, but seriously, who can do dive-bombers and close-grip push-ups like it’s nothing? Not this girl!

7. I ate all the chocolate for a recipe before I made the recipe.Β 

Oops. I confess. Last week I bought dark chocolate chips out of the bins at Whole Foods to make some Healthy Bites. I purchased just enough because I knew if I bought more, I would snack on them.

Well, I did snack on them any way. When I went to actually make the bites, I had to go out and buy more. This time I really did use them just for the bites! And boy where they delicious. Sorry for no picture, they disappeared pretty quickly since I had to eat them for dinner after the soup fiasco!

It happens. At least it was only about 1/4 of a cup, right? And I did use them in a recipe… chocolate chip pancakes!

And those are this months 7 deadly confessions! I love doing these.

Now it’s your turn…

Fess up… what’s something you can confess?


  • This is shameful — But I am horrible at stretching, even tho I tell people to do it all of the time. I have such a hard time making myself do it! πŸ™

    • I am too! Trying to get better which is why Yoga has become so important for me!

  • I completely lost my long distance running mojo after the marathon. I felt kinda guilty cause most people I trained with couldn’t wait to do more marathons. I enjoy doing a long run, but I do NOT want to do a long race- even a half. I’m pacing the half Saturday but that’s more of a long run… I have no desire to sign up for the Myrtle Beach half, Folly half, or any of that right now. I didn’t even sign up for the Charlie Post 15K and try for a PR there, I was like 5K it is! Short and sweet! You are still working out a ton and doing great, so no problem taking some time off running long!

    • Good luck this weekend, you’re going to do great! Short distances for now but we do have the 10K training to start! Sub 45 here we come!

      • You know it :). I am planning to do the Gift of Life one on Feb. 22. James Island. There is also Shamrock and the OnRacing Race group is putting on one March 22. I figure with 3 chances, if I am capable of sub-45 I should get it in one of those.

        Funny thing is I don’t even want to do the bridge run now, I just want to run a sub-45 10K. LOL.

  • Hang in there with the running! I’m sure eventually you’ll get some of the loving back and…if not…no biggie, right? Lots of other forms of exercise to love!! I’ve totally made terrible meals before that Josh has stomached his way through haha. Poor guy. I always say OK…if this is bad, I can make Annie’s mac and cheese! Confession: I cannot wait for it to be Saturday night…you know why. This week has felt like an eternity

    • I am so excited for you this weekend! You’re going to do great. Dan is normally a great trouper but sometimes it turns into an omelet night for him!

      • πŸ™‚ BTW- meant to write hope everything is ok with your family. Will be thinking of you!!

  • Relax about the running. It’s just a season. You can’t be 100% hardcore about something 100% of the time. Let’s enjoy this season of rest and not taking ourselves so seriously. We’ll train hard again one day! Until then…let’s eat more chocolate! Love you!

    • Hahaha, well when you put it that way… okay, chocolate it is! Love you too! Have fun this weekend!

  • Kathryn

    Thinking of you!! Hope all is ok! These posts are awesome because they make us students feel more comfortable. Xo

  • always love these posts! i’m glad you’ve crossed over to the plank lovers side. i have no interest in running but distance running? agh! make me run more than 5k and i may turn you into the cops for torture. i always wonder how trainers demo moves so perfectly but it’s a good point that you can do anything for 5 reps!

    • Haha right now I am with you on the 5K! My 12k Saturday should be interesting! Hope no one crosses my path when the evil comes out! haha

  • Jeanette F

    I hate that girl at the gym! She’s got an awesome body. I had a GREAT run on Monday.. 4 miles. Awesome, easy, faster than usual! LOVED IT! Afterwards, major migraine.. we’re talking almost not able to drive myself home from work. Now I’m scared to run at lunch anymore. I even drank water afterwards..see you tonight?

    • Yay for the great run, boo for the headache! Possibly just a random thing? Yes I will see you tonight!

  • Kim

    Sorry about the family stuff!!
    We better never hop on treadmills next to each other because I’m the treadmill racer too and we would end up either killing ourselves or having to call a truce!!!
    I’m glad you shared the one about the few reps for demo – I’ve always wondered how you can make everything look so easy!!!

    • Haha, I don’t know I am pretty sure I would eventually let you take the win and then let you revive me when your’e done.

  • Ahaha! I can totally relate – to all of them! Especially the “like one thing one minute, not the next” (that’s me and long distance running right now too!) and the “mastering 5 reps.” All my clients say “You make it look so easy!” and I say the same thing, although it’s usually just, “Hey – I only have to do 1! You have to do 10.” πŸ˜‰ Thanks for this!

    • Good to know I am not alone!

  • cherrimcgill

    When I make brownies, I try to always be by myself b/c when I am done I lick the spoon and eat the left over batter out of the bowl. Im so glad there isn’t a mirror where I can see myself b/c it would be shameful!

    • Hahaha that’s awesome! I won’t lie, I’ve done that a time or dozen too.

  • I’m so glad you’re coming around to planks! Push ups are still my enemy haha. And I have to admit, I’m 100% with you on skinny toned girls. I feel like I work my butt off and am finally beginning to accept that no matter what I do, I just won’t look like them. It’s not in my genes!

    • Hahaha, yes I am!I am glad too, otherwise this month’s challenge would be terrible!

  • Ginny

    I enjoy running but I hate the first two miles! Also, I am a dark-chocolate-a-holic as well as a gummy-bear-a-holic!!! The worst part is that I crave them at night, when I know that it’s the worst time to snack! πŸ™‚

    • I agree, the first 2 miles always stink! Ooo, gummy bears πŸ™‚

  • Susan

    I 100% relate, especially to no.7! I love your confessions, they crack me up. It makes us realize that we are all normal (to some extent:) I confess that during week two of the plank challenge, I missed one day and missed the first day of week three. I don’t plan on making them up either. I do have a guilt complex though and probably will break it up between days πŸ™‚ Hope things get better with the family.

    • Haha, great confession! Thank you.

  • Loved the confessions! I can relate to them all….especially hiding the facial expressions when demonstrating the harder exercises! One of my confessions? I lose count of reps…a LOT. And if my client challenges me? I tell them….”well, that’s how trainers count, and you’re not a trainer, so you don’t know.” lol!

    • Hahaha, my clients tell me its “Taylor Time” when I don’t count down the seconds correctly or the reps.

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  • Love these confessions and your honesty, especially on number 6. Have a great weekend!

  • Mona

    Hi Taylor – I’ve been enjoying reading your blog for a while now but never commented…well, yesterday when I went to make a smoothie after my workout I realized all I had was a container of spinach & arugula mix – I have to tell ya – I had a hard time choking down that sucker!!

    • Ugh, I am sure that wasn’t so great. Good job getting it down though, not sure I would have been able to! I need some sort of fruit in there to help! Thanks for commenting!

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