I often get asked, by those who don't know me from my "previous life", why I would leave corporate America, and why I would choose to pursue fitness as a career. The answer is simple: I am PASSIONATE about helping people (especially women) to feel good about themselves, to regain their "swagger", to add years to their life and life to their years, and to begin writing a new chapter in their life story! See, I've been where so many of you are (or have been)...I was once unhealthy, unfit, overweight, depressed, and miserable. Here's how my story goes:
Once upon a time, there was a vibrant, fun, smart, curious, funny, pretty girl named Ms. Fit, but the monster called "Life" had placed a cruel curse on her...she was trapped in a body that was 80 pounds overweight, she had no energy, she was depressed, she had terrible self-esteem, and she was ashamed of what she had become, and what she was teaching her beautiful daughter to become. One day Ms. Fit, heard the kids at her daughter's school making fun of her and calling her a "whale". She was so embarrassed that her little girl had to hear those cruel things that the kids were saying about her mother, and at that moment, she realized that she must find a "good witch" to help her break the curse! Ms. Fit found a good witch, although she called herself a personal trainer because it sounded much more socially acceptable than "good witch", and with the help of this good witch, Ms. Fit began a journey that would change not only her life story, but her daughter's as well.
|That's me then on the far right!|
The good witch, was a hard task-master...she was demanding, and nosey, and sometimes pushy. She would have Ms. Fit meet her, sometimes at 5:00 in the morning, and she would work her 3 days a week until Ms. Fit was weak, and tired, and sweaty! The good witch wanted to know what Ms. Fit was eating, so she had to keep a food journal for the good witch to look at every week. Whenever Ms. Fit would make an unhealthy food choice, or skip a workout, the good witch would be all up in her business and would work Ms. Fit even harder on the next visit. The good witch took measurements and assessments, and then she took them again a couple of months later, and then again...and again... The good witch told Ms. Fit that if she would just listen to her, and stick to the plan that she designed for her, that the the curse would be broken. Ms. Fit had many days of doubt...many days of DOMS...and many days that she really didn't want to say "no" to that cupcake...or the pastry...or the french fries.
BUT...ever so slowly Ms. Fit began to notice some changes. At first the changes were subtle...her workout clothes were a little looser...she had more energy to spend with her family...her skin was clearing up. Then, other people started to see the changes in Ms. Fit...they started to notice that she was looking toned and trim...that she had an extra bounce to her step...that she was...regaining her "swagger"...her attitude about life and her body was changing. Ms. Fit had been like a gross, chubby caterpillar, then she began to go through a slow metamorphosis...she was becoming the beautiful butterfly that she'd always dreamed of being! The curse was breaking!!! Ms. Fit was eventually 80 pounds lighter! She went from wearing a size 18 to wearing a size 8, and most importantly, her beautiful daughter (who was also overweight) was learning healthy behaviors, and getting to her healthy weight! This broken curse not only saved Ms. Fit's life, but it saved her daughter's life as well!
|This is me now...on the far right! My beautiful daughter on the left.|
So, this silly little story is obviously about me. I wanted to tell it in a way that was light, and fun...in a way that is non-threatening...but would make you think about your own life. Where are you today? Are you where you want to be...where you dream of being? Do you have the energy and vitality to go through life fully enjoying and embracing it? Do you have a healthy self-esteem? Are you making healthy food choices that nourish your body and add life to your years?
If you are where you want to be...feeling the way you want to feel, then I applaud you! Keep up the good work! BUT, if you are like Ms. Fit, and life has placed a curse on you, then I challenge you to find a good witch who can help you to break the curse! You deserve to live a life of health and well-being, in the body that you WANT! Your family deserves a YOU, that is the best YOU that you can be! Remember, as a wife and mother, the choices you make, not only affect you, but they affect your entire family too! If I can do this, so can YOU!!! Be blessed! Be well! Be fit!!!