I think that more often than not, when someone makes that initial decision to make a change in their life, it’s typically for vanity reasons. They’re getting older, not as active, whatever the reason may be.
The beginning of my journey started when I was chosen to be a fitness model for a supplement company out of Canada in college. I loved it and I lost weight weekly as I was supposed to. I got to my goal weight and honestly, the day I hit that number I went and bought the biggest bag of gummy worms I could and forced myself to eat them all. When losing weight was part of my job I restricted myself and didn’t really understand anything about the lifestyle I had built. All I knew was that I wanted candy and I wanted all of it now.
As you could guess, a year later I was at the heaviest I had every been. I had turned 21 and boycotted the gym almost entirely because I was burnt out. I also was finishing up school and working long, late hours. It was the recipe for disaster for an already anxious person such as myself. Then I got a job in Wisconsin and picked up and moved my entire life in 2 weeks.
I started to become known as the “healthy” one of my friends because I am naturally a fairly easy eater. I also got the reputation as someone to invite to group fitness classes which was a great start for me in my new life in the midwest. I was having too much fun but not enough work and I needed that motivation to really step over the edge. And in Jan 2013 I got an online personal trainer.
It didn’t take me long (approx 3 months) to realize all I wanted to do was feel good and help people, and that’s what my trainer was providing for me and helping me find within myself. In April 2013 I got the materials to become a certified trainer myself, and got my official certification in July 2013. In November I took everything to the next level and started my blog, reaching out to amazing companies such as Fit Approach and meeting the most genuinely happy, welcoming people.
From restricting to leisure and everything in between, I still struggle a little (doesn’t everyone?) but I can confidently say I am completely transparent to my clients and collegues and continue to find a balance in a happy life.