So much excitement!

embrace the journey

Photo credit: Confessions of a [former] Fat Girl

Oh my goodness, where do I even begin? First off, it’s been two weeks since I last blogged – TWO WEEKS! What the heck?!?! Guess I’ve been slacking.

Let me just say this though…in the past two weeks, A LOT has happened. And I mean A LOT!

I will do my best to try and summarize and make this as short as possible, but as many of you know, when it comes to writing, there’s no such thing as short. At least not for me!

So, here goes…


Embrace the Journey

The adorable and very truthful bag pictured above was given to me by a good friend of mine for completing my Group Fitness Certification. She dropped it off at my work for me, along with two super cute, fun wine glasses and an awesome card. Thank you again, Linda, you have no idea what that meant to me.

The statement on the bag is so true. We all have to “Embrace the Journey” no matter what the journey holds. In the last couple of weeks, there has been a lot of ups and downs and lots of emotions along my journey. For starters, we found out what my mom has suspected for a long time…my dad is in the earlier stages of Dementia/Alzheimer’s. Click HERE to learn about the differences/similarities of the two and how they are basically interchangeable.

At this point, I am not going to write a lot about it. I know it is awfully hard on my mom – emotionally, physically, mentally. It’s frustrating, exhausting. And she, along with the rest of the family, have to have a lot of patience moving forward. It is hard to watch those you love go through this. It is hard to see this happening to my dad and it is hard to see how it is affecting my mom. And I know it is only going to get worse. I have been doing lots of research and reading and also have checked out some difference resources. I found out there is a local support group and I hope that my mom and I both can attend some of the meetings. I think we both need it.

In addition to my dad’s new diagnosis, there was some stuff going on with my mom, as well. My mom, who will be 81-years-old on Sunday, ended up in the hospital for a couple of days. Again, not going to talk a lot about it, but turns out she has a hernia on her groin and she also had some trapped gas in her colon, which was pressing on her bladder, which actually made her bladder move over. Yes it was serious and very, very painful for my mom. At the same time, if you knew my family, you’d understand that we had a few laughs over it. Okay, A LOT of laughs. My mom even laughed over it! See, we embraced the journey and had fun with it!

I do have to say though, through all of this stuff with my parents, I felt really bad when my mom said, through a few tears (and a little laughter), “This getting old is bullshit. It’s just bullshit!” And you know what, I couldn’t agree more! She pretty much nailed. But I reassured her that everything would be just fine. It will all turn out okay. Everything’s going to be all right!

My fitness journey continues

So I haven’t started teaching any group fitnesses classes yet, but there is something in the works that I can’t wait to tell you all about. And for those who are local, as in the Alexandria lakes area, you’ll want to pay close attention. I should be able to reveal it next week! It’s going to be fun and exciting!

In the meantime, I will fill you in on what else has been going on. I will be attending two more NETA (National Exercise Trainers Association) training sessions coming up – one on May 2 and the other on July 11-12.

The May 2 one is for getting certified in teaching H.I.I.T and Tabata group fitness classes. H.I.I.T stands for high intensity interval training and Tabata is a version of H.I.I.T. For those who really care or want to know more, click HERE for an article from IDEA Health and Fitness Association.

The two-day course I am taking on July 11-12 is so that I can become a NETA certified personal trainer. I. AM. SO. EXCITED! The cool part about this one, Vital Fit Club, along with NETA, is hosting the two-day workshop. I am thrilled beyond thrilled that my boss let me set this up and is basically letting me be in charge of it. So thrilled! Below, is the flyer that NETA sent me, that I will be also posting on my Facebook page and Vital Fit’s Facebook page and blog (keep your eyes peeled!). Anyone who is interested in becoming a personal trainer can sign up for the certification. Just make sure you do it before the early bird deadline to take advantage of the special pricing.

Here’s the info:

neta training flyer


Lastly, I am SOOOOOOOO looking forward to tomorrow (Wednesday) when my hubby and I head down to Des Moines, Iowa for the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) Convention. During the convention, I will be attending the RRCA’s running coach certification course, where I will hopefully become a certified running coach! YES! I am beyond excited for this and will fill you all in on what exactly my plans are when I am done. Well, that’s providing I pass the test at the end! On Sunday morning, before we come home, both my hubby and I will be running in the Hy-Vee Road Races at the Drake Relays. We will be doing the 10K race! Can’t wait. And another really, really cool part of this extended weekend trip, I get to meet Travis, a fellow blogger who writes about life and fun in Iowa, who is also a member of the Facebook group I belong to called, “From Fat to Finish Line.” If you want to learn more about From Fat to Finish Line, click HERE for the website and HERE for the Facebook page. Al and I will be meeting up with Travis and his wife for cocktails and hopefully some running…not at the same time! Travis will be running the half-marthon on Sunday morning.


More about running!

Last Friday night, Al, along with my niece, Vanessa, and my good friend, Tonya, who is also a blogger, and Tonya’s boyfriend, Dave, ran the Earth Day 5K in St. Cloud, MN. It was a blast! I ran the whole race with Vanessa, who just started running in February. She ran her first 5K race a couple of weeks ago and I couldn’t be more proud of her. I also have two other nieces who have taken up running and it thrills me beyond belief. I am so very proud of all three of them! I hope to run races with the other two nieces someday, too! Here are some pics from the race:

ness and me at the start

Photo credit: Confessions of a [former] Fat Girl

This is Vanessa and I before the race started. She was so excited because this was her biggest race so far. Her first race had less than 75 people. This race had about 2,000!

ness and me running to the finish

Photo credit: Al Edenloff, aka, the hubby! 

Thanks to my husband for capturing this photo of Vanessa and I as we were about to cross the finish line, which was on the football field at St. Cloud State University. She did so well!

team act

Photo credit: Dave, Tonya’s boyfriend

This is Team ACT – Al (the hubby!), Celeste (that’s me!) and Tonya (the friend!). The three of us are participating in the 2,015 in 2015 challenge. This means that we, as a team, will be running 2,015 miles in 2015. We each have to roughly run about 700 miles this year. That should’t be a problem…at least we hope not!

Besides the 5K that I ran, I have been trying to get lots of training miles in, including a couple of longer runs, to help me prepare for the upcoming Fargo Half-Marathon, which is slated for Saturday, May 9. OMG! MAY 9!!!!!! That’s less than three weeks away! EEK!!!!!

I did a 10-miler a couple of weeks ago and it was so windy, I ended up kind of running with the wind the last five or so miles and then ended up having my hubby come and pick me up. There was no way I was going to turn around and run directly into the wind, which was ferocious!

windy run

Photo credit: Confessions of a [former] Fat Girl

Yes, it was so windy that my hair looks like it was kind of in a bun on top of my head, when in all actuality, it was in just a regular pony tail!

This past Saturday, I did my longest training run, which was a 12-miler. I will now start my tapering! Yahoo. I may not have completely followed a training program this time for the Fargo Half-Marathon, but I am as prepared as I can be. I am looking forward to the race!

legs up the tree

Photo credit: Confessions of a [former] Fat Girl

There is nothing better than putting your legs up after a long run. I ended up finishing my 12-miles too early and didn’t quite make it home, which was about another two miles. Instead, I ended at the park, where once again, my hubby had to come and pick me up. While waiting, I found a lovely tree to put my legs up on and it felt amazing!

Well, that about sums up the last two weeks. Well, maybe! Stay tuned for more!


5 thoughts on “So much excitement!

  1. You certainly have a lot going on in your life right now and sounds like the future holds a lot of promise for you, too. I’m very happy for you, and I know you have modeled a positive future for Brandon, also. I just can’t get enough of that young man, he is soooooo special to us and many others.


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