For most of my life, I have not been a very active person. There were a few years as a kid where my parents tried to get me into sports, but I usually gave up on them. Going to gym class was a terrible experience for me—some days I'd rather sit out and get points deducted from my grade than to participate in some physical activity that may embarrass me.
Even with my sedentary lifestyle, I was relatively skinny up until I went to college. I gained the arbitrary “freshman fifteen,” then managed to gain another ten pounds before I graduated. When I graduated and became a teacher, I actually lost some weight during my first year of teaching because I was too stressed to eat! However, those pounds (along with about fifteen more) came right back on when I settled down and sought comfort in food.
My stress level hit an all-time high when I began grad school on top of teaching full-time. During my first couple of semesters, I was at my unhealthiest—eating out all the time, binging on snacks, drinking multiple sodas a day, and never working out. At the end of 2013, I had had it with myself! I decided to start running with my dog since she needed some exercise too.
Well, that didn't really work out. My dog, Maya, is a bit wild and running with her got me a high ankle sprain. I was a little stubborn about the injury, thinking that I needed to suck it up and continue to run. Months, and multiple 5ks, later I knew it was time to slow down. I had managed to sprain my other ankle and pull my hamstring... and my original sprain didn't heal!
After spending the summer of 2014 in physical therapy and then continuing to have problems with my legs, I have come to the conclusion that I may just not be a runner!
With all of my injuries, I have spent a lot time looking for motivation and researching the best ways for ME to get healthy. I have been on this journey since January 2013 and have lost about 20 pounds by changing the way I look at food and finding workouts that work for my body. I’m not an expert, but I am a real person who has had some success and is continuing to work on my body!
The next part of my journey involves an even bigger commitment to health—I am now a BeachBody coach! That means it’s not just about me… it’s about you! BeachBody programs are an amazing way to jumpstart your fitness journey, continue to work on your fitness, or maintain the work you’ve already done. As a coach, I am here to challenge you to be your best and to help you through the process of getting healthy!
I hope that you’ll find some motivation in reading my advice and adventures. If you’d like me to help you find success in your journey to becoming fit, please fill out the contact form below or comment on a blog post. I would be glad to give information on how to get started with any of the BeachBody programs!