I am not an expert in fitness or nutrition. In fact, I have no training in it whatsoever besides a mandatory health class in high school. All I have is my experience. I, therefore, find it odd when people ask me for advice.
No, not you blog friends. I totally expect you all to ask me questions because I am throwing myself and my experience out there for you all to analyze, laugh at and learn from. But yesterday was a little different.
I try to keep my blog life and my work life separate. In fact, they do not resemble each other in any way. I work in a high stress, time consuming and often nasty profession. I try to keep my non-professional life calm and stress-free. The only reason I even mention it on the blog is to demonstrate how I handle both a career and a healthy lifestyle. So like I said, separate.
I do not talk about the blog at work. Most of my office is fairly fit and everyone goes to the gym on their break. I am not unusual. What was unusual was yesterday when a co-worker walked into my office and told me he was firing his personal trainer. And he wanted to know if I could recommend a program and diet for him to follow.
So somehow I have made an impression as someone who knows something about fitness and nutrition. And this has come across naturally to a non-blog reader. I have to say, I was at a loss. I couldn't simply say "Read my blog". I couldn't hand him my The New Rules of Lifting for Women book because, well, hes a dude. He is not a runner and there is no way I am dragging him to a yoga class. He is already doing the elliptical (which I loathe but I know some people love). So instead I sent him the link for The New Rules for men. I have not read this book, but I imagine it is as well done as the book I follow.
This is not the first time someone has asked me for assistance - I have shown friends around a weight room in the past and I have shared recipes and calorie break downs. But this was different - this was someone who knows me in a professional capacity recognizing that I have a ... passion for? knowledge about? interest in? health and fitness. Like I said, I am not an expert but it is nice to be able to help people and offer advice.