I want to give you a little more background on me and my journey (in more detail than my last post) to today.
As a young child I have always been active.
I played competitive tennis.
I was involved as a co-head aerobics instructor in college. (*SIDE NOTE: A little more about my passion for fitness – during college, I ran 5 marathons. Only one marathon with a legitimate #. Yes, I was a jumper).
I was an aerobics instructor on Cape Cod during my summers. I would wake up at 5am to fit running in my work schedule, 7days a week….
You get the idea. I love fitness!
Today, I have 3 kids. After my third I felt very lost. I needed something to find myself again. At the time I didn’t know what it was but I was on the hunt. I think that was the beginning of my personal revolution & spiritual awakening. I found out about fitness competitions, so I though “hey I’d love to try that”. I signed up with a coach and started the workouts & the diet. I was ready to go! I had the motivation, the willpower and a goal. I felt so good and thought I found the key to life (chuckling…I’m serious), so I signed up for another competition. The next competition I signed up for was in a month. I don’t know if any of you understand what strict dieting like that does to your mind, none the less your body. But after the second show I was a wreck. Mentally, physically, spiritually, emotionally, I was done. I had heard this may happen but did not think it would happen to me. Not to say it happens to every competitor, but I believe it is pretty prevalent in the competition world (that’s for another blog).
So here I am down in the dumps! I probably gained 10+lbs, which made me feel even worse. I felt like a failure, I felt out of control, very unhappy, and very upset with myself (for getting myself into that situation and for not placing in the 2nd competition). Now, if you know me and you see me around town you probably would be very surprised to know this. I am the type of person that does not show it on the outside (maybe only to my immediate family) what I’m feeling on the inside (I know, I know, it didn’t make my situation any better). I couldn’t believe that this was happening to me. So I wallowed for a little.
Then something (I probably hit rock bottom and had to find a way out) sparked in me to make it my mission to find something new out of life. I sat down and wrote out my pros & cons of what I wanted for my wellbeing. I wanted a method that fits in my life, not for me to fit into “its” life. I vowed to never be attached-by-the-hip to the gym. I didn’t want to have to workout for hours. I did’t want to be upset with myself if I wasn’t able to fit a workout in my day, if my schedule wouldn’t allow it. I wanted more days off to enjoy other things that I want to do. I wanted to not have to eliminate an entire food group out of my diet. I wanted my life back. This is where I became obssesed with finding efficient exercise and fat loss vs weight loss.
Then I met Metabolic Effect. I started doing their workouts. Following them on YouTube, FaceBook, their website, http://www.metaboliceffect.com, I signed up for their newsletters…anywhere I could find their information I did. Finding ME clarified my decision to get my certification in Personal Training. I’m in the final phase of becoming a Metabolic Effect personal trainer. I also just started my certification to be a Mind Body Fitness Coach. My point is not to share all my credentials with you but to show you that I found a way out of my disaster and SO CAN YOU.
Weather it’s your fitness regime, your spirituality, your nutrition, whatever it may be you need to define what you want out of your life otherwise you will just be going through the motions. Then search for that something that fits into those needs. My workouts, my fuel (food), my personal revolution and spiritual awakening have given me freedom, peace, love, acceptance, joy…all things good. I am in such a great place and so happy with life in general. I take what happened to me as a blessing in disguise (my glass is always 1/2 full). Education is power.
Don’t give up! Giving up is easy. Our bodies as well as our minds are always seeking the path of least resistance. Don’t succumb to what ever is easiest. Blaze your path to find your glory!
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