What’s next?

So yesterday’s post about me leaving/quitting Weight Watchers begged the question, what’s next? What’s on the agenda? What am I going to be doing? What’s my next big adventure, the newest chapter in the book of Celeste?


Before I answer that, I first must tell you how humbled, honored and overwhelmed I was with all the responses I received through Facebook messages, emails, texts and blog comments. It was quite the emotional ride yesterday and I will say there may have been a little period of time where I questioned my decision. Just a little. I was truly touched by all the wonderful words of praise, the compliments and all the well wishes I received. Honestly, I was dumbfounded. It truly was overwhelming. I can’t tell you how many times I teared up. I still have a large lump in my throat.

Thank you. These two little words sometimes just don’t seem like enough, yet at that the same time, they mean SO MUCH and for right now, it’s all I got. So, thank you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

thank you



As I previously posted, I started working at a fitness center, Vital Fit Club, here in Alexandria (Minnesota!), the town I live in. I will be working there mostly in the mornings – the EARLY mornings, as in I am there by 5 a.m.! Fortunately, I am morning person. Unfortunately, my husband is a night owl. But, we will work it out. We always do and that is why I LOVE our relationship and LOVE us. Anyway, there will be times where I work the evening shifts, but will be done by 6:30 p.m. anytime I work that shift.

Unfortunately, it is not a full-time position. Although I would LOVE for it to be. I will work about 25 to 30 hours per week. Eventually, and sometime soon, I hope to become certified in group fitness instruction, personal training, health and wellness coaching AND become a running coach. YES, all that. That is my ultimate goal. For real! However, that’s where it gets a little tricky. Why? Well, what do most things boil down to? Money. It costs money to become certified. And right now, in all honesty, money is just a little tight. (Yes, I know what you are thinking, then why did you quit your full-time job?) Whatever.

I would like to take the online training through ACE (American Council on Exercise). They have many different fitness certifications and if money were no object, I would take them all! There are a variety of other places I can get certified and I am looking into them. To become a running coach, I could receive my certification through Road Runners Club of America. I could probably do this one a little easier than the fitness certifications. I just have to find a location to do it. I don’t think this certification would take as much time, energy or money as the others. I really hope this happens. Someday. Soon.

Another opportunity to become certified is through NETA (National Exercise Trainers Association). The cool part about NETA is that they have a training workshop, the NETA “Fit Fest,” coming to Bloomington in February, it’s actually February 13-15. (Yes, Valentine’s weekend! Boo!) I would LOVE to go to this. REALLY LOVE to go to this, but again, financially, I don’t think I can at this time. And that makes me sad. Confession time…I’m not the world’s best money manager, but that’s another whole story. And one, you really don’t want to hear!

So there you have it. I am working. Part-time. In Alexandria. Close to home (it literally takes me five minutes to drive to work!) And I have goals and objectives and hopes and dreams and aspirations. And big ideas and plans.

In addition, I do have one other job lurking out there, but it’s a muddled up mess right now. I have an opportunity (I think) to do some website work, social media stuff and communications work for a new business in town, as well as an old business that is reopening. I have been in contact with and met with the owner several times. We communicate mostly through text messaging at the moment. He has a lot on his plate and a lot going on in his life. I am hoping that something gets nailed down soon. VERY soon. I don’t like hanging in the wind. It’s not a fun place to be.

With that being said, I am open to other opportunities. HINT HINT! In other words, if a part-time job opportunity came knocking and would work around my Vital Fit Club hours, I would be open to hearing about it. REALLY open.

Here’s me in a nutshell: I am a fairly likable person. (I would be friends with me!)  I am highly motivated. I am a hard worker (yes, I tend to procrastinate just a little, but really, it’s not that big of deal), I have great communication skills. I can type pretty dang good. I love computers. I have a knack for writing. I LOVE WRITING! I am a very quick learner. I have superb people skills. I am a good listener. I can be organized. I am not afraid of technology, nor I am now not afraid of talking in front of people – small groups or large groups. I have been told (several times) I am wonderful at motivating and inspiring people. My one downfall? I don’t have a college degree. Yes, even though I was a newspaper reporter for 12 years. I was hired without a degree. I was hired based on my experience and my one year of college I do have.

Oh, and, I did forget to mention that I am actually not completely done with Weight Watchers. I will be filling in from time to time in the Alexandria meetings as a receptionist. Not a leader. I am done in that role. But, I didn’t want to be totally done. Remember, Weight Watchers is my life. I can’t leave completely!

So, that’s that. That is the scoop. Not much, but it’s something.

And as Paul Harvey used to say, “And now you know the rest of the story!”

2 thoughts on “What’s next?

  1. Good for you! No doubt in my mind, you will find all kinds of opportunities, and do well with whatever comes your way! Happy trails! Be fun seeing you at WW!


  2. Good for you. I am very inspired by Allen as well. I would like to run like you two, but I have zero experience in running. Hope you keep us updated on your training.


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