My CrossFit Reason

CrossFit. This one form of exercise can ignite the deepest of emotions in people. You seem to either vehemently hate it and think it’s the dumbest thing in the world, or you’re so freakin’ passionate about it, you take any negative response as a personal attack and someone has kicked your puppy.

I do CrossFit, and I love it. I understand it’s not for everyone. I even understand why people are tired of hearing about it. It’s like CrossFit has been shoved down the throat of every person with a pulse. But I think it’s worth considering that there is a reason people feel so strongly about it – and why we seem to want everyone in the world to join.

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I had no idea what to expect when I started CrossFit, but it’s changed how I look, how I feel and how I think. THAT is why I feel so strongly about it and hope that (no matter what fitness program you try), you end up with that same feeling of empowerment.

My CrossFit Reason

CrossFit means something different to every person who does it. I started it because I wanted a kick in the butt with my fitness routine. I figured I’d get the push I needed and lose some weight. Never once did it occur to me that I, in fact, probably didn’t NEED to lose any weight, nor would my frame support it. I was in a sub-conscious battle of “wanting to be skinny” vs. my body’s biology. After embracing paleo and continuing to work out, I found that I wasn’t actually losing any weight, I was gaining it. The number on the scale truly bothered me (probably a lot more than I let on). I was pissed off about my weight and I was pissed off that I felt like I wasn’t making any “numeric” progress at the gym.

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Then, a few months into CrossFit, I noticed a change… I began noting other female CrossFitters and their muscular legs and arms (considered “large” by most standards), and I ADMIRED them for it. I didn’t look at them and think “Ew, they’re fat.” I thought “Oh my God, her quads could probably snap my neck. THAT’S AWESOME!” I noticed a ‘switch’ in my brain of what CrossFit meant to me and what I wanted to achieve. I don’t want to be your stereotypical “skinny” chick. I want to be STRONG. I want the muscles that exemplify the hard work I put into training. I want people to look at me and go “Wow, that girl is a power house!” (Before, if someone used the word ‘house’ to describe me, I probably would have ugly cried.)

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I have a long way to go, and I know there will be days where a number on the scale bothers me, or I don’t feel comfortable in the clothes I’m wearing. But at CrossFit, I’m surrounded by some kick-ass women who are both physically and emotionally strong, and I can tell I’m certainly the better for it .

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I’ve got an announcement!

So, I’ve been MIA the last month. Work got super busy and I was making some decisions about my future. I didn’t have the time to dedicate here until I got myself all sorts of organized. And that’s the reason for this blog post…

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After so much thought, agonizing consideration and all out panic-attacks, I decided to end my enrollment at Bauman College and instead go back to grad school to pursue a MS in Nutrition and a R.D. designation.

Me at my undergrad graduation

Me at my undergrad graduation

Side note on the picture: This was taken at a time where I was possibly at my most unhealthiest. I still get a little surprised when I see these old pictures because it reminds me how much I didn’t care for my health, and in essence, myself.

A Certified Nutrition Consultant and a Registered Dietitian are two different things (I’m going to do a separate blog post on this later), one big difference being RDs can work in hospitals and nutrition consultants can not. My end goal is to go into clinical nutrition, and I simply can’t do that with a certification alone. I also really struggled with online learning. I didn’t feel as if I was retaining the information like I should be. And even if I could get myself through the entire program, I didn’t feel comfortable with the idea of coaching people with that “level” of education.

This isn’t to say the program isn’t very good and those who graduate from it aren’t excellent at their jobs! It just wasn’t the job for ME. I’m a very indecisive person, and wondered if I would regret dropping out of the program. The good thing is, I haven’t second-guessed the decision once. And that’s how I know I made the best choice for myself.

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As for going back to school to become a RD…financing my education is my biggest concern right now (and I think is a great concern for most young adults thinking about going back to school). You can’t get student loans for a second bachelor’s degree (which is what the R.D. program is considered if you take it on its own). However, if I were to go back to school to get my M.S. in Nutrition, I can dual enroll in the R.D. program and could use loans.

There’s so much to figure out on that front, it’s a bit overwhelming. But I’m also excited! First thing I need to do is work on some pre-reqs, so I am going to be taking a class or two per semester at a local community college. I’ll chip away at those for a bit, and then get myself organized to apply for the MS/RD program.

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I still don’t know if this is a financially sound decision, nor if I would have the time to juggle everything. I’m frustrated I didn’t realize my passion for fitness & nutrition while I was an undergrad, and I’m frustrated with what little options I have in terms of offered programs and tuition payments. But I try not to let all those thoughts overwhelm me and tackle one task at a time…

Question for the day:
Did you go back to school for a degree unrelated to your Bachelors?

Inquiring Interest

I’m sorry I’ve been so MIA lately! So much has been going on and the blog went to the back burner. I know everyone goes through that and understands, so I won’t waste much time on it.  I’ve got some great blog posts in the pipeline, so stay tuned for those. But this post is gonna be a quickie…

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**Looking to take on a few more clients to my workload**

Would anyone be interested in training with me, either IN-PERSON or ONLINE, to include basic nutrition counseling as well? We can customize whatever type of program you’d be interested in, but I’d love to take on a few more clients! So if you have any questions and/or are interested, please do not hesitate to comment below or contact me directly at inanutshellnutrition [at] gmail [dot] com :)

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I love foooooooood!

I love foooooooood!

For Your Information…

I’m going to leave you guys with this lil’ tidbit because I just read a blog post which pointed me in the direction of this article about Quest Bars and I’ve got some mixed feelings about it. I know people who love them and I know people who hate them.  I agree with points both sides make and can only make a personal choice for myself as to whether I want to eat them. I always find these types of articles, and the comments that follow, very interesting, so I thought it was worth a share :)