Maybe down the road: ISSA Certification

22 Feb

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what I really enjoy doing and trying to figure out what I want in my life, besides being a mom.


I realized that I really like helping people reach their goals; whether it’s just being supportive, motivating, teaching, or learning together. Healthy living is a passion of mine and I love when I can share that with someone else.

Blogging is definitely a way that I can pursue that joy but sometimes I really wish I had some real knowledge on training in addition what I’ve learned on my own and from my personal experience.


So I started researching.

I looked into information about registered dieticians, nutritionists, as well as personal training; all to see how hard financially and mentally…as well as physically…each of these would be if I decided I wanted to add on a part time situation in the future.

The most realistic for me is to get certified as a personal trainer.

I looked at a few of the gym openings around the area and the requirements for personal trainers, group fitness trainers, and health coaches. Health coach is ideally where I’d want to go with it but it’d start with getting certified as a personal trainer. Most of the trainers’ bios had a few different personal trainer certifications listed including ISSA (International Sports Sciences Association) Certified.

I continued researching, thinking, and talking to David and a close friend whether this would be something I should really go forward with.

I requested more information and not only got an email full of information about the program but also a phone call that evening from a very nice man who wanted to talk more about my interest in the certification courses and have a person of contact.

The course is all online. You pay (kind of a hefty fee) to get your materials sent to you and then you follow the course over the next – up to – 8 months. After you pass and get your certification, you have it for 2 years and then after you can do their continuing education programs to keep it up.

Without going into too much detail about the program, I decided, with some help from a close friend who has recovered from HA and was ISSA certified; that right now is not the best time for me to pursue this goal.

Sometimes just being in the healthy living blogosphere makes dealing with my recovery a little harder. Someone who can’t run much of anything right now without reversing my recovery, it can be hard to read about someone’s 10 mile run or the new running shoes they tried out. Getting my certification to be a personal trainer not only puts me in an already vulnerable state but it could also be detrimental to my main goal (future Baby B) right now. Throwing myself into that world will only set me back.

Goals are meant to be set and achieved but this is one goal that will have to wait. Once I am a mommy, I can reevaluate this goal and see if it still fits into my life and if I’d still get the same joy from it as I think I would now with our lives consisting of just the 2 of us and my nights are currently spent kind of selfishly.

When talking to the man on the phone last night (if you are looking into getting your ISSA certification, I spoke with Frederic, he was super nice!!), I explained to him that I am interested in more information and possibly pursuing this in the future but am jumping the gun right now as we are trying for a baby and I don’t know what the future holds. He completely understood, was not too pushy at all, gave me his contact information for the future, and even wished us luck on our “baby-making” –His words.  I imagine I am the first to tell him that because he seemed a little frazzled but handled it very professionally!


Today I am a healthy living blogger, someone who wants to share my daily journey through life and hopefully help a few along the way do the same. I want to continue to learn, step out of my comfort zone, and live my life. Just because I can’t pursue this goal right now doesn’t mean I won’t, it just means that I have a bigger more important goal that I want to achieve first!


4 Responses to “Maybe down the road: ISSA Certification”

  1. Priscilla February 22, 2013 at 8:05 pm #

    Your last sentence made me smile…so glad you are wanting to help others out and hope you know that through your writing, you do 😉 You will achieve that goal some day of becoming a trainer…but for now, yes you have a much bigger goal to achieve and I can’t wait for the day that you do!! ❤ you…

    • Mallory February 25, 2013 at 6:23 pm #

      You make me smile 🙂

  2. Emily February 25, 2013 at 8:10 pm #

    You are amazing Mal! When the time is right you will know! You are so inspiring and just remember that everything happens for the reason. We go down certain paths in our lives first in order for us to be lead in the direction of where we need to be. 🙂

    • Mallory February 27, 2013 at 7:28 am #

      Aww Emily! Thank you for checking out my blog and for the support and encouragement!!!

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