Monday road to Thanksgiving

Community Leader
Registered: 09-25-2003
Monday road to Thanksgiving
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Mon, 11-19-2012 - 8:27am

Quick post...court ths morning, work, pick up daughter, go shopping??? To relieve stresss and have a nice meal is on the LAN at the moment.  How about you?  Unless my daughter goes out with friends tonight, I will forgo the workout since I will max out my time with her.

ciao, and wish me luck nd strength.  I hate court!  O meet the new judge.  Let's see...this will be judge number 7 throughout th divorce proceedings.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 03-15-2004
Mon, 11-19-2012 - 12:01pm

Good luck in court this morning!  Let us know how it goes.  

I had one client already and one more this afternoon.  I definitely have some sinus issues going on so I don't know about a workout.  I may rest instead.  I'm going to see my best friend's allergy doc next week so hopefully I'll get more out of him than just a sales pitch for shots.  :P  

Breakfast: yogurt, granola, honey

Lunch: baked tofu 

Dinner: salad with chicken 

Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Mon, 11-19-2012 - 3:18pm

How did court go?

Ugh, I'm wiped out w/ the Nutcracker performances this past week and these early 6am clients. So, tell me if this is a major problem or I should let these go. I've talked about how disorganized my company is (there really aren't that many problems w/ the company but this is one of the biggest).  Last Monday, I showed up and had a text sent the night before that the client had cancelled. Fine, that's my fault for not checking, athough after 9pm, who checks texts?  Then, on Friday,my first two clients don't show.  My boss thought she was training first client so never told me. Second client usually cc's me but didn't this time so she didn't tell me.  So, that's twice at 6am that I got there, don't get paid, and waste my time. Clients are typically "shared" in that unless they specifically request a trainer, they set us up w/ a schedule. The other two trainers (boss and gm) are constantly late. Clients get used to it and also are late.  So, that leaves me w/ more wait time in the beginning and then run late after. Do I cut the client off at the time they should, or give them their full session?  It's not really fair to them. They have no idea which trainer will show up and when to be on time or not.  Then, there are times when there are no show for them, I get to the gym to see the client on his/her own so I jump in and train for the remaining time. In those cases, I obviously don't charge the client but it's still my time.  It's all part of the disorganization that's affecting me.  This is not going to change no matter what I say.  Any thoughts--is it being petty?  I am paid well and do like them.  I don't have to look for clients, subs when I leave, etc. so it's pretty easy as the rest goes.

Anyway, I'm exhausted, need a nap but then I think I'll go to Zumba. Ha, since i insulted my spinning instructor friends on facebook by calling it mind numbing, I'm not sure how welcome I would be in class!






iVillage Member
Registered: 03-15-2004
Mon, 11-19-2012 - 6:43pm

Jean, I totally understand your frustration.  This would drive me nuts.  

It sounds like the system works for them (being late, etc) but doesn't work for you and like you said, it's not going to change.  I would say this is probably not a great fit.  The only way around it would be if they give you your clients who keep a regular schedule with you.  If that happens, you could set your own boundaries with those clients.  Otherwise, I think you're fighting a losing battle.  

I don't think it's petty at all.  It's a lot to juggle multiple clubs and doing things for your family.  If they can't or won't respect your time, I think it is totally appropriate to quit.  I don't have nearly the resposiblities that you do but I schedule my life around my clients' sessions.  I would be fuming and stabby if I had to deal with that all the time.  

Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Mon, 11-19-2012 - 7:20pm

I think the problem is things go well for a few weeks and then things like this happen in a row and I get frustrated. But, then it straightens out again and I forget.  Sigh.  I do have some clients who are "mine" but they can't find a trainer just for the random others because there aren't enough of them.  The other early morning trainer took them which worked out well because she could only do 1-2 clients. But, it would be almost impossible to find a trainer who would only work random 1-2 clients that early in the morning.  But add all the clients together and it's a good shift, which is what I have.  Maybe I'll see it out through Christmas and see what happens.  I do like them and like most of the clients, other than the occasional wackos.Tongue Out  And, if I didn't do this, I wouldn't train. I don't have it in me to solicit clients.






Community Leader
Registered: 04-07-2008
Mon, 11-19-2012 - 7:38pm

I just submitted my last paper. I am so relieved. Now I can get through the Thanksgiving festivities without it hanging over my head. I'm considering being one of those crazy shoppers out and about looking for midnight specials on Thanksgiving. My husband has to work for the first time in 28 years. He's not all that upset as he is expecting it to be very "festive" feeling. I'm hoping his good attitude does not wear off as Thanksgiving draws closer and closer. 

I am honestly thinking of having a half gallon of egg nog for dinner. Yum! I'll probably be sick in about an hour. lol

Karla
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Community Leader
Registered: 04-07-2008
Mon, 11-19-2012 - 7:40pm

I have to wonder if it isn't just older people who don't check texts late at night. My kids will get them all night long and actually reply at all hours of the night. I think it is so rude but apparently they think nothing of texting at 3 a.m. 

Karla
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Community Leader
Registered: 09-25-2003
Mon, 11-19-2012 - 8:04pm

I think Kelly hit the nail on the head...you can set your own boundaries with your personal clients, ask management to make sure you are texted by 9(?), and accept that this. The way it will be.  Or you could pose a solution, citing your frustration...I am sure that there are some annoyed clients, just like you are Noyes, too.  I would be annoyed if ai were the client...

Pugh.  I gave up custody of my son.  I will have Tom pay child support, but I am hoping to "swap" for the medical and college fees my ex owes me.  Plus, it seems that he may owe me for back support, and retirement, but, unfortunately, my ex would prefer to argue and "go for broke" because his is about"winning", not logic and maximizing finances For HIM. 

WHatever.  Shopping was fun.  New motto...minimize thoughts on unhappy events for which you have no control.

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-08-2006
Mon, 11-19-2012 - 8:40pm
FSN. (((hugs))) on your son. All I can say is that how it is now is not how it will always be...I think your ex is manipulative - and I have to believe that eventually, things work out...I hope you can walk away from the fight because it is costing you more than money. Glad you are with your daughter, I bet that helps. Jean - I would hate working out with a random trainer each time...I think part of the training experience is the relationship with the trainer so that they know when to push and when to pull back based on me. My trainer runs late because he accommodates people who come late...I don't care because I know this and I start with cardio so I am not standing around..and I am always thinking I should do more cardio. But I am nearly always there ten minutes early because I think it is rude to waste his time...the client who comes after me a couple times a week comes in ten to fifteen minutes late, so on the nights when he s on time, he ends up waiting for her. I actually think that if someone s late, he should cut their session short...on the rare occasions when I am late, I always offer to do floor abs myself to give him back the time...and in fact some nights when he is really late, I make that offer anyway although he seldom accepts. I think you could get in the habit if checking texts before you go to bed and when you get up...I have to chek my work email frequently, and I do that so that I know what the day holds. You might still get up, but at least you could be leisurely. Only you know whether you can live with the confusion... Karla - I hope your Thanksgiving plans work out whether you are eating or shopping. I just saw the funniest Lowe's commercial where the family is planning their black Friday strategy, and 'nana' says she can handle 'reconnaissance and snacks'. That cracked me up....hope you get a better assignment... Gymrat - feel better. I had a good weekend where I got lots done for my trip. My second bedroom is a disaster because I am piling up whatever I think I might want to ake in there..I will pack next week. I didn't go to Zumba Saturday, my body was just too sore...I think I am overtrained and my body is just rebelling...but I will still work out this week because it is the last week here. I swam 60 laps yesterday and did floor abs. Tonight, 12 minute bike war,up, lifting for chest/Back, then abs. I thought about running, but I just couldn't make myself. I think I might not work out next week while I acclimate...but then my biggest fear is that I won't work out at all for 12 weeks and that must not happen. I am afraid it will be so cold and dark that I will buy chocolates on my way home each night and it on the couch and eat them...when what I want to do is eat healthy and work out and really experience life. I figure admitting my fears will help me not fulfill them...
Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Tue, 11-20-2012 - 7:20am

I think it's those of us who are stick in the muds about new technology.  I rarely use my cell as it is.  I wonder if my kids do that. It's so bad for you but maybe that's why my daughter is so tired during the day.






Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Tue, 11-20-2012 - 7:25am

I've been trying to come up w/ an amenable solution. I do think they're annoying some clients but I think people who have trainers a few times a week are good w/ status quo--they need the trainer to keep them going and they teave things the way they are.  We'll see how it goes in a few weeks. The other thing is I really like some of the clients and I'm working with some incredibly high level people. So, maybe it's just a suck it up because everything else is good type situation.

And I feel bad whining about so litte when you've got so much going on. Sorry to hear about your son.  It's too bad about your ex. My friend's parents went through the same thing so all the money they should have had went to lawyers.  How does your ex function and have a job? I don't get how people like that do well.






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