Hello, and welcome to my blog!
When I arrived at college four years ago, I could have never imagined that I would soon take up lifting, develop a driving passion for it, and more recently, begin an entrepreneurial journey with it; let me tell you why:
Growing up, I frequently fluctuated between being chubby and “normal” weight. I played recreational soccer since I was a kiddo, and continued to play throughout my years at high school, but wasn’t that great — I played more for fun rather than fanaticism. I hadn’t yet discovered my true passion.
Back in late 2012, when I began my college years, my daily routine had drastically changed. I wasn’t actively engaging in exercise (playing soccer) and I wasn’t eating well (rarely consumed whole foods, ate mostly processed foods — and a lot of it). I would go into the big dining hall and feel overwhelmed with all the food choices. “Oh, that looks good! And that too, I gotta try that.” I treated it as an all you can eat buffet like the vast majority of Freshman do: eating whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted, not thinking it would ‘catch up’ with me. But it did.
Halfway through my freshman year in college, I had surpassed the “freshman 15.” I had reached the freshman 20.
I began to grow really unhappy with the weight I had gained, so I started going to the gym and would hop on the elliptical for 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes of ab exercises, in hopes of getting a “super sexy toned stomach, with the v-line” that every other girl seems to die for. I did this routine several times a week, without changing my diet, and would wonder why I wasn’t loosing weight. This was because I was doing things so wrong; I was so naive.
Around this time, I had just started dating my fiancé, and he was getting into lifting and would encourage me to give it a try too. I was very intimidated by others at first (not many girls were in the weight room back in 2013), plus I had no clue what I was doing, and what I did know, I would stick to it because it was familiar and I was scared to venture out and try new exercises. Therefore, I was stuck in a “limbo,” doing the same exercises over and over, day in and out of the gym. I had lost weight but wasn’t seeing the results of muscle definition that I wanted, because my nutrition was still lacking.
Fast forward to present day, four years later, and I have achieved more than I thought I ever could! It wasn’t an easy or quick process. It wasn’t always fun, but lifting has taken me on a journey where I have learned and thus grown to be stronger both mentally and physically.
It is my passion to share my experience with health and fitness with you, and my hope to inspire you to live a healthier, happier lifestyle. Nothing is impossible, as cliché as that sounds, it’s true. Set your mind, set your goals, take action, and DO IT!