Fitness is a part of my life that has completely opened up my eyes about myself and opened a door of happiness that I never knew existed. Fitness has completely changed the way I look at life, myself, and the challenges I face. My fitness story is an important part of who I am now, which is why I want to share it. Enjoy!
When I was a kid, I never did any sports since I wasn’t that coordinated and didn’t like the competition. As a teen not having done sports before, I hated gym class, running, and pretty much anything to do with being active. In my teens, I was unaware of what healthy eating really was and I only ate a lot of fast food or food that was convenient.
After a while of this (and trust me, it didn’t take long), I grew unhappy with my body and overall ended up feeling terrible about who I was as a person and what I looked like. I was definitely overweight and ashamed of it. The summer of 2009, all I wore was yoga pants, and I couldn’t fit into any of my jeans or old clothes well. I was never super heavy, but the weight looked like a lot on my weak and un-toned 5 foot 6 frame.
After realizing all this, I started by making small changes and actually made use of my gym membership in 2010. I quickly began to realize how fun working out truly was and how at peace with myself I felt after a workout. Immediately, changes were happening with my body and my old clothes finally fit again.
In 2010, I made it a priority to consistently go to the gym 3-5 days a week to make time for fitness. This was a great help, except that my diet still consisted mainly of restaurant food, fast food, or snacks and lots of overindulging. While I did lose weight and look better, I still wasn’t at my best due to my diet.
In 2011, my diet became much better when I moved out for the first time. It was the first time I was able to completely make all the decisions about what I was eating. This was also around the time when healthy eating became a priority for me, and I started learning as much as I could about what was actually healthy. I lost more weight, and then found my love for workout DVD’s. Workout DVD’s played (and still play) a huge success in my fitness. By the comfort of my own home, I was able to complete a lot of different workout series and start getting toned.
In 2012 before my wedding, I tried the Insanity workout and had awesome results that reshaped my whole body so much so that I had to get my wedding dress sized down. I surpassed my goal weight of 130, and lost about 35 pounds since I started consistently working out in 2010. In the end, I went from couch potato with potato chips in hand to fitness lover with the results to prove it in about two years.
It all started when in the summer of 2012, some friends invited my husband and me to run a half-marathon. I had never even ran more than 3 miles before, but I sign up for the race, eager to prove to myself if I could run 13.1 miles. I trained with my husband for the summer, following the ever-famous Hal Higdon plan.
I completed the Boston Half-Marathon in October 2012 and ran the whole thing! Now, I’m hooked on running as it provides endless benefits: reduces stress, gives me toned legs, burns calories, gives me something to do, motivates me, inspires me, connects me with people, makes me get up and do things like races, gets me outside, and pushes me to new limits.
I am a newer runner, but I look forward to becoming a better, stronger, faster runner and to complete more races 🙂
Overall, exercise and more specifically, running, has been one of the most empowering tools for my own well-being, both mental and physical.
I can’t get enough and I’m always looking for more new and exciting fitness adventures.