By LMQC Battle of the Bulge blogger, Alan Sivell, St. Ambrose communications professor, RAGBRAI-er, pizza lover and longtime weight watcher.
Longtime fitness buff, certified trainer and St. Ambrose graduate Randi Rockwell has a simple way to test if you’re REALLY hungry:
“If you’re not hungry enough to eat a carrot or an apple, then you’re not hungry. You’ve got a craving.”
Randi, whose full-time job is patient-experience specialist at UnityPoint Trinity, is the type of person who approaches any task or problem with thoughtful study, a plan of action, and diligent follow-through.
So when she got pregnant 7 years ago, she formulated a plan, complete with rules, for healthy eating and fitness.
But life doesn’t always go according to plan. Randi soon found she had gained 60 pounds, much more than she had planned for.
Losing that weight after the birth of her daughter was hard.
“It was so frustrating,” Randi said. “I kept hitting plateaus. I wanted to get back to the routine I had before I was pregnant.”
Randi was feeling “miserably full” Thanksgiving night, 2011, when it finally hit her.
“I knew I had to get things back to where I wanted them. And I finally realized that if I was serious, I had to commit myself to doing it.”
So Randi began working with Shawna and Chris Molck, owners of CFX in Rock Island. She says they walk the walk while they treat their customers like family. They got her back on the right path. And she has stayed on it ever since.
Now a Certified Trainer
Randi started weightlifting when she was 14, and is drawn to books and articles about fitness and diet.
So with her re-energized fitness focus, she began thinking about becoming a certified trainer. And talking about it. So around Thanksgiving last year, her husband, Phil, suggested she just do it.
She took a course online and studied and studied. Still, she was very nervous as the test approached. She passed with flying colors.
Shortly after she got her certification, a trainer at CFX moved away and Randi was offered several of her classes. She now works with 4 small groups several times a week.
What to Do When Apples and Carrots Don’t Appeal
“Too many people think that a craving is going to build,” Randi said. “It’s actually going to subside.”
She suggests grabbing a glass of water, taking a short walk (away from the temptation) or calling a friend.
She also offers the same advice for hunger pangs that might strike in the middle of the afternoon or between healthy meals.
“You don’t have to be comfortable at all times,” she said. “Some hunger is not going to hurt you. It will subside.”
Randi says her husband, Phil, is down 15-20 pounds and currently is working at his own pace.
Now that Randi is certified, though, he may not be left to his own devices for long!
|Meet Battle of the Bulge blogger, Alan Sivell. Alan is a communications professor at St. Ambrose University and a former reporter for WQAD-TV who has exercised – and dieted – his entire life. Read Alan’s other blog posts.|