For those of you who know me well, my making the professional shift into personal training was a no-brainer and probably felt like a long time coming. The truth is, about 5 years ago I almost went for it, but chose to stay committed to the path I had put myself on for graduate school. What you might not know is WHY fitness lights me up so much and has been such a consistent part of my life. Here's the story...
When I was in 6th grade I was the last kid in class to run the mile and almost failed the physical fitness test because of it (it was a 16 minute mile, in case you were wondering). I was so embarrassed and mad at myself because I was never last or worst at anything but I had almost failed. So, I took it upon myself to stop my couch potato ways and go outside and play on the playground in our backyard and to cut sugar out of my diet for a while. I lost weight and had more energy and was delighted to hear my doctor happy with the changes my body had made.
After that I joined the track team in 7th grade and learned to love the progress one can make through consistency and persistence. I was the SLOWEST kid out there racing, but I never gave up and I was no longer bothered by being the last one to finish the race. At least I was in the race!
Once puberty hit I found I actually had a natural athleticism and became much faster and able to run further distances and became a lot stronger through stunting in cheerleading. I also loved being able to hang with the guys in the weight room and not be looked at as weak. I also learned that as soon as my activity level dropped, the pounds packed on (thank you sweet tooth) and that if I didn't want to feel heavy and uncomfortable in my own skin I would have to make exercise a regular thing.
The biggest change for me since high school was completing the program Insanity. It changed my body composition and fitness level in a way I had never expected (at the time I was in half marathon running shape and was just trying to get faster). When I saw how much I could do with my body and how well it could move and control itself when challenged, I fell in love with it in a way I had never felt before. As someone who has always struggled with body image and wanting to be thinner it was like a light turned on and I suddenly could appreciate my body for what it could DO and not just how it looked. That has led me to love how I look as well.
I'm not perfect and I still get down on myself from time to time, but I have found fitness makes me feel better about all aspects of my life and my being and I simply cannot keep it to myself! So here I am, looking to help as many people with all of the knowledge I have accumulated throughout the years of trying different things and getting my certification as I can. I hope you'll join me in learning more about yourself and what healthy looks and feels like for you. It is a gift to be able to love yourself, especially through your own efforts.
Health and Happiness,
I'm Amanda K; lover of fitness, sweets, veggies, adventure, travel, and happiness.