Bit The Bullet

Posted: June 30, 2011 at 8:00 am

I finally did something the other morning that I had anticipated for awhile.


That little blurb right there means I actually purchased my study material and testing package from the National Academy of Sports Medicine to get the ball rolling on me becoming certified in personal training.


After recently putting my dreams out there so solidly you would think this next step would come naturally. You would think nary a moment’s hesitation would come before hitting “Confirm Order” on that screen. Oh, ho. No no no, my friends.

I found every way imaginable to procrastinate on actually taking the first real progression in my goals. I masked under the guise of researching which program I planned to use for my certification, even after making the decision a long time before. I  kept questioning Peter on if he really wanted me to do this. I went back and forth over which package, materials, program, and support to choose within NASM.

I did all those things out of fear. Fear at spending a portion of our hard-earned savings. Fear over all the minute business details and logistics that will coincide with wanting to do online training and be my own boss. Fear wondering “do I really know this is a path God has for me”? Fear that no one will want to hire me. Fear.

fear quote

I ended up hitting “Complete Order”. It took a lot, but I recalled a little word I had promised to embrace this year – trust. I dedicated myself to trusting in all ways – trusting my body, trusting God, trusting my heart, trusting my passions, and trusting that trusting all those things will bring my life such fulfillment and joy beyond my imagination. Whew, that’s a lot of trust. ;) 

I have these passions for a reason. I have these hopes for a reason. I can do this. And I will. Let the studying begin!!!

  • What is the scariest thing you have done?

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105 Comments to “Bit The Bullet”
  1. CONGRATULATIONS! So exciting!

  2. Mandy says:

    Congrats babe! You will do great and you always do so well in everything you put your heart into.

    I am just a phone call or email away if you have any questions about NASM or need any studying help 🙂 The test isn’t so bad.. so no worries you will do great!!

  3. I quit my job and moved to California with my husband!

  4. Congrats. Please keep us (me) posted on how it goes. I have been thinking about doing it as well.

    I also need to sign up for some classes to keep my teaching certificate active (by the way…b/f kiddos I was a pe teacher and now just sub here and there!) I need to find some motivation.

  5. Good for you!! Nothing makes me happier than to see people pursuing their dreams 🙂

    The scariest thing I did was break up with my boyfriend of 6 years and move to NYC. I had always wanted to come here but had been afraid to do it. That was two years ago, and I’m so glad I took the plunge!

  6. Woohoo!! How exciting for you. I need to take your lead and pursue my dream but fear is a big factor. Oh how my mind is my own worst enemy! The lies and whispers are defeating. Tips?

  7. Katie H says:

    Congrats Tina! That is so exciting 🙂 You are going to be an awesome personal trainer!

  8. Helen says:

    Congratulations you will be a wonderful trainer! It is so exciting and scary to start something new in life. My big thing was returning to college six years after I graduated high school! So worth it 🙂

  9. Oh how exciting! You’ll be great at it! 😀

  10. Congratulations! You are just taking the next step and you will do great!

  11. So awesome! Congrats! I love ER’s quote! So true. The scariest thing I’ve done was hit “register” for my first half marathon last year. Now I’m training for the bike leg of the IronGirl triathlon this summer. Scared is an understatement. LOL

    • Tina says:

      I would be scared too! Although sounds like you had success with the first, so why not this fitness endeavor too? 😉

  12. Em says:

    CONGRATS on doing it! I had the same fear but I am SO SO SO glad I went wit it.

    If you need any help let me know! NASM is great and you’ll make a WONDERFUL trainer 🙂

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  14. Amanda says:

    So incredibly proud of you! I love that E. Roosevelt quote. Taking charge when we are unsure of ourselves takes courage, but we all are capable of it. Going foward is scary, but so worth it! Again, so proud of you!

  15. Congrats that’s soo exciting!! I really want to do this it be certified to teach classes! I’m hoping to take the plunge soon but I’m so nervous!

  16. Woo hoo! You will LOVE it! I’ve been teaching classes for 11 years! Scariest thing I’ve ever done- given up my full-time job to be a mom and start my own fitness business. Still scary (financially), but sooooooo rewarding!

  17. RunEatRepeat says:

    Congrats!!!! You can do it 🙂

  18. So awesome! I’m proud of you! Congrats!

  19. Dani says:


  20. Lee says:


    The scariest thing that I’ve ever done was probably moving to Atlanta when I was 24. I didn’t have a job. I just wanted to live here.

  21. Elaine says:

    yay!!!! That is so so so exciting! Good for you girl!

  22. Tina! I’m so excited for you. I remember when I ordered my materials. I felt the same exact way. It’s scary, but my passion has led me to so many amazing experiences and people. I’m not even training right now, but I use what I learned to help friends, family and former clients every day. True passion is such a blessing! Use it all, girl! 🙂

  23. Jen says:

    Congrats Tina! I’m so happy for you! You’ll make an excellent personal trainer. The first step is usually the hardest, so I know you’ll do great from here on out 🙂

  24. Congrats Tina! I envy you for really going for your dreams. And if I lived closer, I’d totally be one of your first customers once you’re certified! 🙂

  25. danielle says:

    i am currently a yoga teacher, but studying for the ace exam so i can expand the way i train my private clients- it is a ton of material- make flash cards, they are extremely helpful….
    on a another note- that is my FAVORITE QUOTE, and i just read it in my class this morning while teaching handstand!
    good luck…

  26. On, Tina, congratulations!!!!

    Here’s how I see it…you’re a momma. You’ve been a momma for a while now, spending all of your time with your kiddos. I know that even when I’ve only stayed home for maternity leave, going back and focusing on my career was really hard. I questioned whether this was what I was meant to do. Maybe that’s just me?
    You’re using hard-earned “quiet time” right now to journal your life to others…reaching out, supporting, teaching………and teaching you will continue to do. Just in a more professional, CERTIFIED manner. 🙂 You’ll have something backing you up now!
    I’m glad you didn’t defy what your heart’s been telling you do for a while now…that’s just nerves talking. 😉 Go you!

  27. Karen says:

    Congrats Tina!! You will do great!!

  28. Congratulations Tina! Such a great step forward!

    I’ll admit, I was a little scared to commit to taking the 3-day ACSM Certified Personal Trainer workshop this past weekend. However, now that I did it, I am excited to study and take the exam in a few months! 😀

  29. Congratulations! I cannot wait to hear more about this!! you are braaaave 😀
    The scariest thing I have ever done is turning down my top-choice grad school for a cheaper, slightly closer school. I think it ended up being the right choice…but I still wonder what my life would be like if I’d gone to the other school!

  30. Congrats!!! So excited for you!

  31. Jill says:

    Congratulations!!!! I am excited for you!!!!!! The scariest thing I ever did was signing up for a triathlon! I am so glad I stepped out of my comfort zone and I just know you will too!!!!!

  32. Amy says:

    How did you decide which program to use?

    • Tina says:

      I chose NASM because its widely respected, many gyms use it in our area, and I have quite a few people I know who used it and appreciate their support in continuing education or can help me out with the process if I need. Those were the big things for me. 🙂

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