Is This the Way to Inner Peace?
Good day to you all!
You are about to be submerged (well, more like briefly dipped) into my transition from ten years of being highly active working full time as a personal trainer and small business owner to a painfully sedentary job in clinical research. Please don’t get me wrong. I WANTED this change. Ten years of pushing my body to its limit, constantly having my figure assessed, and having my diet picked apart had me elated to explore my employment options when my family and I moved across the country for my husband’s career. Maybe I would be able to revisit my days of working out for recreation and enjoyment and find another career that would allow me to give back and make a difference.
I’m getting ahead of myself. My name is Raegan Ferrington. Being active has ALWAYS been my thing. I started off as a hyper, nonstop child. Gymnastics, cheerleading, and track transitioned into weightlifting as I got older (one fitness show, but that is another blog altogether) and lifestyle coaching, which, in turn, led to a four-year degree in Exercise Science. It just made sense to make a career of helping people find the joy of fitness that I had already experienced for most of my life.
So, back to painfully sedentary. I have found deep satisfaction after taking a job in clinical research. Though, I currently sit on my bottom at least nine hours a day five days a week (counting my travel to and from work). My ex-best friend, Fitbit, is now my arch-nemesis. I am forever approaching or straggling over that daily goal (even with me getting up during planned intervals during the day – because let’s face it, my work gets done when I’m on my bottom). There are other things that ten years in the fitness field couldn’t prepare me for. I’ll let you in on some of them:
- After decade-long addiction to social networking, I found that I CAN LIVE WITHOUT FACEBOOK. No, really. It’s true. I can literally use it purely to connect with friends and family that I haven’t seen in a year and won’t for even longer now that I live across the country. Who knew that the world would continue to be bright and meaningful while I spend nine hours every weekday trudging through my projects?
- Bathroom stalls are a safe haven. Aside from the obvious use, they are nothing short of a meditative rescue, like a little personal resort that sometimes smells like doodie but always refreshes the soul. Even better, if you’re looking to combat a long day of sitting, soreness from the leg workout you had the day before, or the residual indignation from that time your boss jokingly called you neurotic during your team’s teleconference meeting, I have found the bathroom stall to be at least equivalent to a 3-star makeshift yoga studio. Personally, using the wall for a modified down dog is my favorite. A deep quad stretch is a close second (using the wall for balance because, duh, I’m in heels).
- If you bring it… you will eat it. For the first two months I stockpiled food like I was going to starve. For the past ten years I have been ruled by the clock, with only small windows of time to get a meal in between clients. Well, eight pounds later, I can say that I’m finally back to prepping smart and not hoarding food like it’s a bomb shelter.
- The weekend is so very precious. Most of my weekend is spent getting ready for the week ahead. What the hell, right? If it weren’t for my husband, who devotes an equivalent amount of time to laundry, dishes, and parenting (yeah, some dads call it “babysitting”; that is also another blog), I would literally never have any time for myself. Having said that, I feel like I now MAKE more out of the time I DO have than when I had more time than I knew what to do with.
- Lastly, after years and years of convincing myself that I thrive working alone, I can’t believe how much I LOVE and enjoy working with so many different people. That has been the biggest unexpected perk during this career change.
I can only imagine what other lessons this career change will teach me! Can you relate? Have you had a major change in your life that has provided comical or serious lessons that put yourself to the test?