RWC: A New Health and Fitness Challenge

Hi All! I have some very exciting news to report! First, let me give you a little background.

For years, I have played the part of the communications professional – I’ve been a journalist-health writer, a health-care public relations practitioner, and a public speaking instructor at a university. Although I’ve loved everything that I’ve done related to these positions, I’ve always felt like something was missing.

Women's Health Month:

Also during this time, and actually quite a bit before this time, I have been interested in health and fitness – not only for myself but for family, friends, and eventually my husband. However, in recent days, I’ve felt like I need to take this passion to the next level – make it official somehow. I’ve been contemplating switching careers, going back to school to earn a more health-care related degree. However, at this point in time, it’s just not practical for me.

So, I have decided to embark on a new journey, one that takes me on a path toward health and fitness but allows me to fit this new knowledge and training into my current lifestyle. Does anyone care to guess what I will be doing??

Woman on yoga ball

In just a few short weeks I will begin the training process to earn my Personal Training Certification. Although expensive and time-consuming (especially around the holidays) I am completely committed to this challenge. I admit, I’m both excited an a little nervous about the certification program – I mean, I haven’t taken a test in YEARS!

I am definitely not going to be quitting my day job. In fact, I really like what I do for the most part, I just feel like I need MORE in my life than what I do during the day. Blogging about health and fitness filled this void somewhat. But even then, the advice about health/fitness was more personal advice – what worked for me. By becoming certified, I will know truly that the advice I’m giving is coming from a sound and strong knowledge base.

I am very excited and relieved to be sharing this news with all of you. Telling all of you seems to make it more official, more real. I plan to chronicle the certification process on Running With Cake – all of the highs and lows of studying, testing, taking, and practicums, etc. I hope that you will stick by me through the whole process. Because, I will definitely need the fitness blogging community now more than ever!

And with that my fellow fitness and food bloggies, I will say good night!


  1. AAAAAHHH!!! Jen!!! COngratulations!!! I am super super hyped and psyched for you! That’s AWESOME that you are making active moves to pursue your interests and passions…GOOD for you!!!

  2. CONGRATULATIONS It’s great to be able to take your passion and do it for a living 🙂

  3. Congratulations! You’ll do great! Can’t wait to see where the journey takes you 🙂

  4. Ohhh so exciting! Ahhh, tests… welcome to my life!! Haha 🙂

  5. what an EXCITING new challenge! i wish you all the best. sounds like a fantastic career decision and an exciting future.

  6. First off, congratulations!!!! thats an awesome step to pursue your goals & fufill your life!!!!

    Secondly – ahhhh! wdw alums!!!! YEAHHHHHH!!! its so funny that ive heard of so many people meeting their husbands and wives down here!!! thats awesome!!

  7. ohh what certifcation are you going through? I majored in Exercise science in college and we all went by ACSM standards so shortly after I graduated I got my ACSM cPT…congrats! let me know if you have any Q’s!

  8. Congratulations! That is so exciting! Feel free to share any cool tips you learn! 😀