As a child I had a passion for sports and exercise. I pushed to reach my fitness goals from a very young age. Tennis, figure skating, gymnastics and soccer were my core sports. I played Varsity Tennis and Track and Field all four years of High School.
In my 20’s I dreamed of pursuing a fitness career, but I left those dreams on the back burner to give myself time and clarity. Like most women today, I’m a product of our society. I work at maintaining a good diet and staying in shape each day as I focus always on healthy decisions.
Initially, I was able to get into better shape by watching the glycemic index of the foods I was consuming and trying to stay gluten free, sneaking in more protein like fish, and increasing my weight training and the intensity of my cardio workouts.
As I became more focused on my health and fitness, my trainer asked me, “what changed that got me so motivated and serious about my fitness goals?” I said, “I was tired of losing.” Unfinished goals and an overall sense of average took over my confidence. I was not feeling like who I was meant to be…
Bringing yourself to the best light cannot be done with a lackadaisical attitude. It takes a great level of focus, determination, effort and research. So I began to focus and visualize my goals and dreams. I stopped complaining, making excuses, and putting where I really wanted to be on the back burner.
I started to get my life and priorities more organized. This gave me some time to visualize how I wanted my life to be. As a result, my mind and body have transformed by focusing on good nutrition, education and personal training. My success reaffirmed what I already knew deep down inside; You can only rely on yourself. You have to accept that you are the only one to blame when things go wrong. And, you are the only one who can make a positive change in your life. And you should congratulate yourself when you make the decision to do so. And remember, to make the changes you want to make you must first stop making excuses!
My mission lately has been health! I have to be healthy, and I always feel much more confident when I am ready for life’s challenges. I believe that protection blankets, like family, spouses, resources, or extra pounds shield you from the harsh reality of the world. My decision to wake up and get to work on my self was because I had to for me.
My fitness goals are similar to what they have always been but are evolving. I choose to keep a balanced attitude before and after a goal is reached, and I do believe in reasonable goals. My advice to my clients and others who ask me about health and fitness is to keep goals simple and make sure they motivate you, not discourage you. This is how you know it’s the right goal. You should feel fully invested, excited to reach the goal and enjoy every step of the process. Then of course, enjoy the satisfaction of achieving your goal.
Something that is really special to me is with the first hand personal experience of transitioning to a fit and healthy lifestyle myself and experiencing the challenges in doing so, I am able to better relate to the challenges my clients face and better able to help them as they achieve their goals. In this, I believe I have been given a true gift and am excited to be able to share it with others.
One of my clients recently said to me, “I feel like I’ll never be overweight again with this training and diet.” It made my day!