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,
lover of fitness, sweets, veggies, adventure, travel, and feeling confident.
If you want something you've never had, you must be willing to do something you've never done. - Thomas Jefferson