No Wining & No Whining

Posted: November 14, 2011 at 10:45 am

Hey, friends! Ready to kick off a great week? I know I’m feeling determined to make it a good one. Just like I had to make this weekend a good one.

I was supposed to be touring beautiful scenery and sipping wine this weekend…

Last year my sister and I purchased a Groupon deal for a day tour to 5 North Georgia wineries and planned to go this weekend. Too bad the tour company closed down. No wine. Bummer! Sad smile

I didn’t let myself whine, though. Instead, I did other fabulous things.

Like get in a 12 mile frosty run on Saturday morning. At least being greeted by a cheerful note left out as a random act of kindness cheered me up at the end.

Isn’t that nice?!

Despite the run being so cold, it actually felt pretty good. Almost refreshing. At the very least, it made the ice bath following the run not feel like such a drastic temperature change. Oh, who am I kidding? It still stunk.

It was only a brief low of the weekend because after that I had a rather important appointment with a testing center.


I PASSED!!!! I am now a NASM certified personal trainer!!! I don't know my final score since it just shows pass or fail, but I think I did really well. I 100% knew 100 of the 120 questions. There were only 3 I marked that I was really unsure of. The rest I felt mostly certain, but not 100%. A lot of the questions required applying small details of things I had studied, so it was harder than I anticipated, but overall still good. Although the only detail that matters is - I passed!!! It feels so good to say that after the months of preparation and work to make it final. Smile

I finished up the test around 2:30 and hadn’t eaten since breakfast, so the first thing I did was find some food. First place I saw that wasn’t a McDonalds or Arbys? McAlister’s Deli. That’ll do. I did a half and half combo.


A Savannah Salad with mixed greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, blue cheese, cranberries, and almonds.


As well as a Cobb Club with turkey, avocado, bacon, lettuce, tomato, and a peppercorn sauce of some sort.


I originally planned to grab the food to go, but couldn’t wait to eat, so I chose to sit and have a little lunch by myself. I don’t ever typically do that (I’m like Rachel), but it was actually quite nice to have a peaceful solo lunch. I finished just in time to hang out with Peter’s family and watch the UGA vs Auburn game.


That certainly topped off the day on a high note! Although not as great as passing my exam!!!!! Party smile <--- had to throw that in there

The rest of the weekend didn’t hold anything too exciting, which was just fine by me. I had the chance to finish my Nicholas Sparks book.


If you like his books at all, then you will love this one. It was one of my favorites of his that I have read. Even though his stories aren’t all that original, I find his writing very easy to read and never fail to find myself captivated by the characters. I recommend it. And now, I need some new book recommendations from you all! I’m kind of in the mood for a suspenseful read this time – like my favorite thriller novel Velocity by Dean Koontz.


You MUST read that one if you like edge-of-your-seat suspense! It’s good!

Alright, enough chit chat. Time for me to hit the gym, then have my very first partent teacher conference for Makenzie. Oh, the excitement! Winking smile

  • Do you ever like to dine out alone?
  • Any good suspense novels to recommend?

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90 Comments to “No Wining & No Whining”
  1. Just wanted to say CONGRATS on passing! I have no doubts that you will make an amazing PT!

  2. Congrats on the exam! That’s awesome!

    That game was just embarrassing! I’m not a huge Auburn fan or anything but deeeeeaaaaaam! LOL!

  3. Hilary says:

    I’m not a huge fan of dining out alone…sort of makes me feel like a loser (NOT saying you are one, that’s just how it makes me feel).

  4. Diana says:

    I was actually recently sent a great & suspenseful book from the sweetest Keri over at – Faithful Place by Tana French – I’d definitely recommend it! It’s a murder mystery which takes place in Ireland, so while you’re reading you can mentally give everyone Irish accents! 🙂

  5. Robyn says:

    CONGRATULATIONS Tina! Way to go on your test.

    I, too, am an Nicholas Sparks fan. Actually I hope to start “At First Sight” tonight.

    Last night I finished Jodi Picult’s “Handle with Care.” Like most of her books this one covers a controversial issue and presents the emotional rollar coaster it can cause families.

  6. Mac says:

    YAY! Congratulations on passing! Is that not the most relieving feeling in the world!

  7. Awesome lady! I knew you’d pass it!

  8. Congrats on your test!!! Now if you just lived close enough so I could hire you 😉

  9. Congrats on passing your test!!! Awesome news.

    We had our first PT conference for Meghan last week, too. It was so strange! Our babies aren’t babies anymore…

  10. Tina says:

    Congrats Tina, so happy for you!

    That lunch looks really good…I love avacado and I love cranberries in my salad yum!

  11. Helen says:

    congrats on the exam…..I wish I lived closer so you could train me 🙂

    first parent conference – so exciting!!

  12. Kiah says:

    Congrats on the certification!!! That must feel amazing, especially after your awesome first 1/2 marathon 🙂

  13. Tess says:

    Congrats on the exam! You are going to be one heck of a trainer =)

  14. Jen says:

    CONGRATULATIONS! I am SO happy for you & know that you are going to help so many people! Oh, wait…you’re already doing that…well, even MORE people! 🙂

  15. Congrats!!! Great to know there is going to be another fabulous trainer out there to show people how it’s done!! 😀

  16. Marian says:

    Congratulations girl! That Cert sure makes up for the lost weekend with your sissy! YAy you deserve it!

  17. I’m just catching up now, but YEYY! CONGRATULATIONS ON PASSING!! I knew you had it in the bag!

    Do you have any tips for those of us currently studying?

    • Tina says:

      Know how to apply the info. There were a lot of questions with small details that you had to know how to apply versus just knowing what things are. It was honestly a bit harder than I expected, but still doable if you know the material – especially fitness assessments, program design, details of nutrition, etc.

  18. katie says:

    I have to tell you again, I am SO proud of you and HAPPY for you!!!

    You need to celebrate this weekend!! xoxo <3

  19. Ah, congrats! That must have felt so good to open the letter & see that you passed. EXCITING!

    I’ve never read any of the Nicholas Sparks books, but I’d like to start. What are the best ones?

    • Tina says:

      Well, The Notebook will always be my favorite! I also really liked A Bend In The Road, The Guardian, and the one in this post. any of them are good, though.

  20. Melissa says:

    Congratulations! You are such an inspiration and I know you’ll make a great trainer 🙂

  21. […] morning! First off, thanks for the many congrats yesterday. Love you all bunches for the tons of support you have given me in so many things this […]

  22. I know I’m a little behind this week, but CONGRATULATIONS, TINA!!! How exciting! You’ll be an amazing trainer.

  23. Susan says:

    Late to the party but still wanted to drop in and say CONGRATS!! Not that I had any doubts. I like that they don’t tell you your mark. I had clients ask me what I scored on mine!

  24. awesooooooooome!!! congratulations, tina the trainer!! (the triple T has a nice ring to it) 😉

  25. Tabitha says:

    Hi! Made my way over from StephanyWrites’ blog only to discover that you just did exactly what I’m hoping to do in a couple months! I’ve got the NASM study materials and I have until April to take my test. Any advice? (And congratulations!!) 🙂

  26. I just finished an awesome book – though it’s not a thriller/suspense. Jennifer Weiner’s Then Came You was so wonderful. It’s about surrogacy and all of the different people involved and their stories. It was really really good. Definitely not Dean Koontz. 🙂 If you’re looking for thriller/suspense, I love David Baldacci, particularly the Sean King/Michelle Maxwell series. Very good stuff!

  27. Oh, and CONGRATS on passing your exam!!! 🙂 Forgot to mention that above!!

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