It’s my senior year at James Madison University and I weigh more than I ever have before. I’ve spent the last ten months going to happy hour with friends, eating as much Kline’s and The Little Grill as I could handle, and skipping out on workouts because there are too many other things going on. I’m stressed out about finding a job after I graduate, I’m sad that my friends are all about to scatter, and I’m scared because for the first time there is no obvious next step for me.
I look at photos of me in my cap and gown, and graduation parties, celebrating with friends, and I don’t recognize myself. I want to get back to being healthy, to fitting into my clothes, but I’m not sure how to get there. All I know is I I’ve got to start trying.
This is my why.
I want to help people start trying. I used to be unsure of the right workouts to do to meet my goals. I was confused about how these pounds snuck up on me and magically appeared on my body in these pictures. This is where my health and fitness journey started.
Right before graduation I accepted a position with AmeriCorps in Boulder, Colorado, aka the health and fitness junkie’s dream location. I fell in love with the lifestyle; with how happy and full of life Coloradans are. I soaked up as much information as I could. I started running again, I got into strength training, I threw myself into my yoga practice. By the end of the year, I’d lost almost 20 pounds and adopted a new way of life.
All of this happened in between my crazy 40+ hour a week schedule, on an AmeriCorps budget, in the craft beer mecca of the United States.
So why do I want to be a personal trainer? Why did I decide to create this blog? Why should anyone listen to what I have to say? Because I’ve been there. I know what it’s like to feel intimidated by the gym and gym goers who are surely judging your obvious lack of knowledge about weight training. I’ve struggled with wanting to eat healthy while sticking to a budget. I’ve dealt with the stress and anxiety that comes from trying to balance it all. And now I’m here, ready to share my lessons with all of you.