My gym recently asked me six questions to use for new members embarking on the same path as me. I thought I would share my answers with you, my readers, in hopes of inspiring you to live your best, healthiest life.
When did you start working out?
I began on September 12, 2016, during a Little Black Dress 28-Day Challenge, and joined the gym as an annual member on October 1, 2016.
What success have you had?
During the first 10 months, I lost eight clothing sizes, 82 pounds, and 20% body fat by following the exercise and meal plan outline provided to me. Since achieving this goal, I have maintained this weight loss for four months and I recently renewed my annual gym membership. During my physical this year, my doctor hugged me and told me how I added years to my life by taking charge of my overall wellness.
What was your biggest struggle?
My biggest struggle is coping with the negativity of those around me who do not understand my new fitness and wellness lifestyle and believe that I am depriving myself, when in reality, I feel and look better than I have in my life. Surround yourself with people who will support you, your fitness, and your food choices.
What made you decide to change your lifestyle?
After realizing time and time again across different situations that I was in poor health, I was ready. For example, I remember not being able to keep up with my friends during outdoor activities and crying in the dressing room of a local store when I realized that none of the clothes I tried fit me.
What are your future goals?
My future goals are to maintain what I have achieved, as well as continuing to share my experience through word of mouth, social media, my blog, and by becoming a fitness coach. I recently ran (without walking!) my first 5K and my first Spartan Race sprint, an obstacle-course race.
What would you tell someone ready to start a program?
You have nothing to lose and everything to gain by following a prescribed workout and meal program. The workouts I do are only 30 minutes per day and the meal plan outline is easy to follow. You can do anything for 30 minutes. You will feel amazing across time as you achieve your goals. The coaches and staff of my gym are wonderful and you will make lifelong friendships with your classmates. Lastly, don’t give up, keep going, even when you don’t think you can. If I can turn my life around, you can, too.