The age old question I get asked a lot is inquiring how I even became so interested in health and fitness to begin with. Besides the obvious answers of wanting to live longer, be in good shape, and to be able to feel comfortable in my clothes, the answer was much deeper. I wasn’t one of those people that was always in shape. I’ve always been a bit on the heavy side since I was younger. Although I was active in playing softball, dancing, cheering, etc., my eating habits were out of control because I didn’t know better, and no one told me otherwise. I got use to being the “slightly” overweight girl. With that title came teasing from my peers. As if growing up trying to find my own identity wasn’t enough, I was teased here and there about my weight. I was once told from a boy that I was pretty, but I was too fat to be his girlfriend. Mind you that occurred before I even hit high school.
It wasn’t until early 2008 when I was at my heaviest of about 184 lbs, when I decided to make a change. I started eating a lot healthier and learning about portion control, and the weight started noticeably falling off. However, I still wasn’t working out. I eventually started working out here and there and made it down to 161. I became pregnant with my first son in 2009 and gained 33 lbs! At first, I was in no rush to lose the weight, and fortunately it didn’t take much the first time around.
In 2011, unhappy with my body and knowing that I was ready for a change, I started working out consistently in between classes when I was attending Oakland University. I felt so great! So much more energy and I loved the way my clothes fit me. I continued to work out even after graduating the following year.
Fitness was all I knew. Many people started asking for fitness tips, and that’s what led me to want to learn more so that I could help people transform their body as well. Therefore, I decided to become a personal trainer so that I could make a difference in the life of someone else. No I’m not a bikini model, no I’m not a former collegiate athlete, yes I am the girl next door that decided to get up and take steps toward becoming a healthier me. I became a certified personal trainer through NASM in 2014.
Here I am 5 years and 2 more children later. No doubt my body has done some changing. I may not feel as confident as I was years ago, but that’s why I consider myself to be a work in progress. No I’m not necessarily aiming to be a certain size, even though when I look at older pictures of myself at what I felt was my healthiest, there’s a part of me that’s like “dang girl you were the bomb!” LOL
My ultimate goals are to get back to being overall healthy as far as my nutrition, commit to working out consistently, and to achieve more confidence in my body. The most important lesson I’ve learned throughout this journey is that you can’t want to look a certain way for another person. It has to be all for you and what you want! Truth be told, I was teased for losing weight and being healthy as much as I was teased for being unhealthy and overweight. How bizarre. Let’s commit to each other that for the remainder of this year and the years to follow, we will work on becoming our best/healthiest selves!! Who’s in??