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Start 2015 on the Right Foot!

Posted by [email protected] on January 8, 2015 at 1:55 PM

Happy 2015!  I hope all of you out there reading our blog have had a great start to the New Year and had a blessed holiday season!

You've all had an opportunity to meet my partner-in-crime, Maggie -- now it's time for me to introduce myself!

My name is Sandee, and I am both a NASM Certified personal trainer and a family law/personal injury attorney in Brentwood, California.  Many people have asked me questions such as, "How do you have the time to do both jobs?" or "why do you choose to work as a personal trainer in addition to law?".  The simple answer to both of those questions is this:  I don't consider personal training a job - fitness is my passion, and it is my goal to bring out that passion in others that I train.  It gives me great joy to watch my clients become stronger, faster, leaner, or acheive whatever personal goals they have set for themselves. 

To give a little background into how my passion for fitness began, I have to transport you back in time to the year 2002.  I was 16 years old, and had very low self-esteem.  I was an athlete - a Varsity softball catcher, and was more muscular than others in my school.  In my mind, being "more muscular" meant I was fat, and I had to do something to change it.  I began to starve myself, eating maybe a salad a day, and abusing over-the-counter laxatives.  I went from 130 pounds to 98 pounds in less than 2 and a half months, and I looked like a walking skeleton.  Teachers and friends were concerned about me, going so far as calling my mother to inform her of my lack of eating.  Eventually I was hospitalized for anorexia and ultimately bulimia, and went through treatment with physicians, nutritionists, and therapists to help me repair my relationship with food, and improve my self-esteem.

After I realized that "food is not the enemy", I recognized that there was a much healthier way to feel better about myself, my body image, and to improve and maintain my overall health and wellness.  I began to exercise on a more frequent basis, introducing both cardiovascular exercise and resistance training to my routine.  Exercising made me happy, and I felt good about myself!  I recognized food was fuel for my body, and nutritious foods would assist me in having a successful workout.  I knew I wanted to make my experience with food and a negative self-image a positive one, and to help others who were dealing with similar situations. 


My goal with this blog is to help you feel good about yourself through fitness and exercise!  The first step in any fitness regimen is to come up with a goal.  In the fitness industry, we call these goals SMART Goals.  Now you must be wondering to yourself, "what in the world does that mean"?  When you're creating a goal, your goals should be:

  • Specific - you want to make sure to target a specific area for improvement (example:  "I want to increase muscle mass in my shoulders")
  • Measurable - you want to quantify your goal (example:  "I want to increase muscle mass in my shoulders by 2 inches").
  • Attainable - you want your goal to be something you can achieve.  For example, if you've never lifted a weight in your life, your initial goal shouldn't be to increase muscle mass by 2 inches.
  • Realistic - you want your goal to be able to be achieved in a practical range of achievement.  For example, if your goal is to lose 20 pounds within 3 weeks, that is not realistic.
  • Timely - Your goals need to have a specific time frame so that you can be accountable to them.  (Example:  I want to increase muscle mass in my shoulders by two inches within the next 2 months)

So there you go!  Figure out what SMART goal you would like to make for yourself.  If you have any questions, or need help in creating your own SMART goal, please reach out to me.  Let me help you reach your fitness goals!

Until next time...


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