Dumbbells and Diapers

Hello there! My name is Bethany. I am a mother. A certified personal trainer at Lifetime Fitness in Lenexa. I am a fitness fanatic. I had my daughter in September of 2011 and was back to working out a month after having her. I understand working, being a full time mother, exercising every day, and eating healthy for both myself and my family. Click on the About Me page to learn more!
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Hello everyone!  I hope you are having a wonderful weekend.  To avoid spamming my Twitter, here are my thoughts of the day/week:


I don’t know if you have ever seen a two year old wipe her nose - but it is quite comical.  It involves a lot of wasted Boogie Wipes/Kleenex/wipes and is a motion of tap wiping.  It isn’t effective and drags snot to other places on face.  I also find Boogie Wipes throughout the house used as blankets for toys, rags, etc.  They are like sticks of gum - chewed up often and in constant demand.

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My child is a walking plague of virus.  If she has something like a cold (for example) I am most likely going to get it.  Then, I must find a way to carry on like I am not half-zombie while she somehow has the energy of 64 hungry zombies on attack.

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Books that have the buttons on the side or separate like a remote (such as Dora or Minnie Mouse) are a lifesaver when you are a zombie at bedtime story time.  They speak the words so you really just have to hold the book up and turn the page.  If you’re smart - you’ll prop it up against the child and teach her to turn the pages and press the buttons.  I’m smart.

That sneeze - that basically rattles your lungs and sounds like all the snot in the world came up with it - is the worst.  The recovery time from one of these is at least 20-30 seconds in which you contemplate what snot might be in your mouth, on your face, or if you can breathe again - while driving.

My lifting partner and I oftentimes compliment each other’s muscles.  For instance - she is more glute dominant than I am so I tell her I’m jealous of her butt.  She talks to my quads like they are her friends that she may spill wine on later out of jealousy.

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If you find someone worth your while - tell them how you feel.  You have several days in your life but they’re much more enjoyable if they are spent with someone you’re passionate about.  On the other hand - if there isn’t passion - don’t waste your days.

I love being a personal trainer.  Especially during the times in which a client tells me the following:

  • We don’t like each other right now. I’ll like you later.
  • How high is this mountain I have to climb?
  • I feel better after working with you.
  • If you had said do two more I would have cried.
  • Don’t talk to me while you’re making me run - it’s very emotional.
  • I couldn’t do this a few weeks ago.


One of the conversations I’ve had with a fellow trainer was when we almost took our PM multivitamins in the AM.  Detrimental.  Possibly.  Okay, not really.

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Hello hamstrings and calves - where have you been all my life?

I go through a lot of almond butter jars in a week… or two.

I typically order double scrambled egg whites and double turkey sausages when at brunch with my mother and daughter.  I get some crazy looks and a repeat in a “did I hear that right” manner while the waitress writes something down frantically.  I usually get one double and one single.  Here’s to a triple.

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My Garmin Forerunner 220 (heart rate monitor) did not withstand my kettle bell clean to presses the other day.  After my lifting partner told me (using hand gestures since we both had headphones in) to turn my watch around - I figured it out.  It has a few dents.  WAR WOUNDS.

I hope everyone has a great rest of the weekend.  Keep your comments, questions, and emails coming  - I will have another Q&A session soon!