Many of my clients meet me for the first time and think that I am somehow in my 20’s. I thank each and every one of you for thinking that, however, I think it is important to share with you that I am well on my way to 40 and I FEEL GREAT!! BUT it wasn’t always like this.
Not going to lie, when I was young I had no problem with my weight. I didn’t exercise…well, I pretended to in high school by being part of the track team for one year but then got busted by going to the local coffee shop and drinking coffee and smoking when they thought I was out training for a marathon! Oh yes. This is a very candid blog today!
WHAT HAPPENED? WHAT CHANGED IT ALL?
Well, I got married right out of high school and within 5 years went from 110lbs to 175lbs. By the time I was 25 years old, I was getting a divorce, depressed, quitting smoking and figuring out how I was going to lose the weight so I would be happy in my own skin again.
Does some of that sound familiar to anyone?
It wasn’t about the weight as much as it was that I was truly uncomfortable. I remember the actual moment I knew I was committed to losing the weight. I had gotten into my car on a hot day and as I sat down I could feel the “roll” of my stomach and the seat belt making its way between the roll and I began to sweat. I felt so terrible in my own skin that I just knew that I needed to sculpt my body into what I was comfortable with. Not necessarily losing the weight but the inches….they had to go!
I had a friend who was a personal trainer who took my challenge on. He ran me and ran me and ran me and then made me lift weights and run some more. (I think this was a bit of karma biting me for all those false runs I did in high school!) Within that first year, I got myself down to where I am today and lets say the last 11 years I have finally been able to feel like me(with no smoking too)! The thing is though is that once you get to where you want to be, it doesn’t mean you get to quit! Now there is maintenance needed!
I personally, never enjoyed all the running we did but it worked! Now it was about finding fitnesses I could be truly passionate about and love doing everyday. This is where Zumba came in. I only wished I would have started my fitness journey with Zumba! Would have saved me all those hours of running!
Over the years, I have come to realize that fitness can be a lot of fun when you love what you do. I LOVE to dance, I love getting to be me (goofy and compassionate) with my clients and I love supporting people in meeting their goals like my trainer did for me. I now have the experience of feeling young and surprisingly looking it too!
I don’t own a scale and haven’t in 11 years. It is always been about being comfortable and feeling sexy! Numbers provide nothing in this regard. Age is but a number (that’s why I am always thankful you all think I am so young! Hahaha) The scale may disappoint you but if you can feel good and see the inches coming off, that is more important than that number on a scale.
This pic is me today! I feel sexy and confident and I know I can support you to feel that way too!
Be YOU and allow me to be your BIGGEST FAN and cheer you on!