So there is so much I could say about my journey!! Not all journeys are about body changing, although that is a bonus to me that my body has really gotten slimmer and more defined 😍 My true journey has been one of self image, self love/care, confidence, and personal growth. This is really tough to share as the roots run very deep. It all started as a child with being picked on constantly at school for my size, told I am not good enough, called horrible names, and exposed to things that no child should endure. I lived for my gymnastics, I was so passionate about it as it was the only things besides grades that was in my control. Being a teen in these circumstances can either make you or break you, I chose to find the silver lining and thrive. I moved out as a teen and worked hard. I put myself through school and got 2 associates degrees, all while working a full time and a part time job (at a gym- do you see the future coach developing here?) to make ends meet.
I got into an abusive relationship which again could have torn me down, nothing like verbal/physical/emotional abuse to ruin what little confidence and self love I had. I worked full time to take care of all the bills. I kept working out and staying in shape, also working part time at the gym. Then my Life took a plot twist and that person was no longer in my life. I had to start finding myself as I had identified with the other person for so long, this took years to recover. Still working out is what I constantly kept coming back to for security and control.
Then I met my future husband!! Fast forward, we have been married over 20 years and 2 children. About 12 years into our marriage I found workout dvds for sale and said perfect as I now had no time for a gym. So I dove in!!! OVER 14 programs later EEK!!!
Now April 2018, I made the HUGE decision to get out of my safe box and become a health and fitness mentor. But alas, I started so slow, ALL my insecurities came back full force. HOLY MOLY!! I thank God daily for my mentor whom had faith in me and encouraged me. December 2018 is when I started finding my footing and now I am developing a team.