I began writing this post yesterday but after consuming all of the turkeys within a 10 mile radius of Boston, I went into a severe turkey-induced coma. This is o.k. because I am bulking and right now my goal is getting strong and getting in extra calories. For all of you who are trying to lose weight I hope you were able to enjoy your Thanksgiving in moderation.
This isn’t going to be one of my typical posts but I did want to share with you some of the things that I am Thankful for this year. I could easily make this list hundreds of items long but I will keep it to the things that have made the biggest impact on my life.
First and foremost, I am thankful for my family and friends who have supported me since day one when I said I wanted to be a personal trainer, well knowing it is not the most lucrative career. (or is it?)
I am thankful for the fact that I have one of the most rewarding careers and I am passionate day in and day out about what I do for others. There are not many people in this world that wake up in the morning and say I love my job, I can’t wait to go to work today. I am.
I am thankful for all of the books I have read, seminars I have attended and coaches who have inspired me to become the coach I am today. It is crazy that only one year ago I was working in a commercial gym and teaching people how to do a leg press. I am also thankful that we got rid of the crunch machine at Fitcorp, if any members ask, it was stolen.
I am thankful for all of my clients who have put their faith in my abilities to make a serious impact on their bodies, health, and their lives. I have already worked with over 80 people this year and have seen amazing results from clients who said they would never be able to lift a weight above their head to clients who said they would never be able to do a simple lunge. You are the reason I love what I do.
I am thankful for the great community of coaches such as Bret Contreras, Mike Boyle, Mike Robertson, Patrick Ward, and many more whom I have contacted with questions and received great advice and direction. Their passion for the field makes it easier for an eager, new coach such as myself to learn and become an expert.
I am thankful for the phenomenal staff at Fitcorp at 125 Summer Street in Boston for I couldn’t ask for a better team. Thanks to Fendy for inspiring me to learn and never stop from the first day I met him. Thanks to Kelly Cassidy for sharing her RKC knowledge with me, without her my get-ups and swings would suck. Jen for her baked goods that I will eat at the gym since no one else will. Kelly for being funny and inappropriate at all times. Ben for being Ben and hooking up the corporate events. And of course Amanda for being the best damn GM anyone could ask for!
I am thankful that Chipotle opens across the street from work on December 1. We have been blessed with cost efficient burritos.
I am thankful that I still have my Nana alive and kicking and still cooking the same Thanksgiving I have had since I was 3. Everything is mashed which makes I can eat more in less time since I don’t have to chew. It is good to know that I can still enjoy the same foods that I had as an infant when I am 90…with gravy. Her cornflake stuffing is still the best on the planet though.
I am thankful that my grandmother survived her stroke several months ago and is able to laugh with the rest of the family. It makes you realize how precious your family really is. And I am also thankful to have a grandfather that has stepped up to take care of her.
I am thankful to accept the title of uncle as of Anthony Edward Enos was born on November 17th. After fighting an infection he is home safe on Thanksgiving. He is getting a tiny pair of dumbbells for Christmas this year.
I am thankful for my own health and all of the incredible things I am able to do with my body such as lifting heavy crap off the floor. After realigning years of damage from crappy lifting I am more mobile and flexible than I ever thought possible. I also began getting into powerlifting after finding out my max deadlift was only 335lbs back in August. I am now pulling 465 and climbing thanks to 5-3-1 and Show and Go.
I am thankful for finding the most amazing girl to share my downtime with. She is motivated in her own endeavors which inspires me to push myself further to succeed in life. Everybody needs one of those because without them we would just be a bunch of aimless meatheads. And although she is a runner (forgivable) she loves to lift and more specifically, deadlift. I am verklempt.
Last but not least, I am thankful for all of the readers of this blog who check out the stuff I write daily. When I began this blog several months ago I was getting maybe 5-10 hits per day but has now grown to over 500 hits per day. There are much better things to be doing in life but you choose to read my thoughts and I truly appreciate that. I love to teach and I am glad to relay all the things I learn.
2010 has definitely been good to me as I hope it has been to you.
Please share what you are thankful for below.