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Hello Dear Readers,

I may be one of the only people who can say they’ve been dumped by their personal trainer. Helene gave me the news on Monday, just as I was waiting for my eagerly-anticipated meal plan (well, to be completely honest, it wasn’t always eagerly anticipated).

Helene was afraid I’d be upset, but I wasn’t–for two reasons. One, she had a very good reason for letting me go. And two, I agreed with her.

I’ve been concerned that I jumped into hiring her too fast. My kickboxing schedule is so hectic and draining that I haven’t had the chance to complete the short running test she asked for, let alone try one of the workouts she designed for me. But, having spent the money, I felt I had no choice but to go through with it. I didn’t want to tell her that perhaps I’d made a mistake…something she figured out on her own, anyways.

You see, Helene is very concerned about adding anything else to my plate. She’s afraid I’m at risk of over training, and that the addition of anything–even a meal plan–could be too stressful for me at this point. She knew I was comfortable with the Eating For Life plan, so she suggested that I follow it again, while being sure to add extra protein to each meal and take plenty of fish oil supplements.

She also refunded my money. I am still in awe of her honesty. I think most people would have taken the money and ran. I’m very grateful for what she did.

My kru has a new training schedule for me that we’re going to go over next week, so I can prepare for my first pre-test in June. From what I understand, this plan will have some flexibility built in, so I can make some of my own choices, which would be great. To pass the test, I need to start running and working with weights, but if I’m kickboxing eight hours a week or more, that doesn’t leave me with a lot of extra time.

What do you think, Dear Readers? Was Helene right to “fire” me? Is over training really a risk? Have you over trained before? If so, what happened? And how important is an eating plan to your workout regime?

As for me, I’ll be starting my Eating for Life plan on Tuesday, after the holiday. I’ll also start mixing up my routine with running and weights next week. Wish me luck!

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  1. Elspeth Cross

    That kind of sucks, H. Sorry, you must be disappointed. I hope this does free up some of your time and energy for the training plan you already have in place because you’ve been working on it like a mad woman already. I think over-training can be a risk. And when you combine it with the other portions of your life, it can do a lot of harm in several areas.

    Good luck with the new eating plan. Enjoy those chocolate bunnies while you can.

  2. Story Teller

    Thanks, Elspeth. Actually, I really wasn’t disappointed at all. It was a relief. I’d been thinking for a while that I’d jumped the gun by hiring her, and really couldn’t add anything else to my routine. Because I spent the money, I figured I had to get what I can out of it and take it as an expensive lesson. I was very happy for the refund!

    Thanks for your support and encouragement.

  3. Perri

    We once got dumped by our real estate agent! She said after seeing five houses, we were a waste of her time. It hurt more than you’d expect. No accounting for other people. Just keep on, Story teller.

    I’ve awarded you the Versatile Blogger award. Come by to pick it up!

  4. Misty Provencher

    I don’t think she really dumped you. She just acknowledged that you didn’t have time and wow…she refunded the money. I think that’s amazing. Wish they were all like that! Congrats on your training~ sounds fun, even if it’s busy!

  5. Story Teller

    Thanks for your comments! Perri, that’s really terrible. My real estate agent was tireless–I can’t even count how many places she took me to before I found my home, and she was never snotty about it. That’s their JOB. I hope you found someone who deserved your business. Looking for a home is hard enough without having to put up with that kind of crap. And thanks for the award–that’s so awesome of you!

    @ Misty – welcome to my blog! I agree–it was awesome of the trainer to give me a refund and be so honest. “Dumped” is a great title for a post, though. 😉 Thanks for the kind words. Sometimes it’s hell, but there’s also a lot of good things to be said about this level of training.


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