My giant epiphany moment about fitness? Yeah, I never had that. I grew up in an average household, where we ate pretty healthy meals. Don't get me wrong I definitely ate my fair share of sweets too. Devil dogs, cookies, and mac & cheese were basically a food group in middle school. Basically, my fitness and nutrition plan is based off of the "everything in moderation" motto. It works for me. I know way too well when I deprive myself of something, I end up craving it even more and overeating.
During high school I almost decided to get my personal training certification. For one reason or another I ended up not completing it. Flash forward three years, I still had a passion for fitness. After taking half a year off after high school before starting college, I fell in love. With yoga that is. I decided to become a certified yoga instructor. After teaching yoga to preschoolers for about a year, I chose to go back to school.
During college I was doing cardio and then more cardio, and ultimately getting nowhere. For awhile, I thought I would get a six pack and cut shoulders from hours on the elliptical. If only it was that easy! haha. I felt stuck, frustrated, and was seeing zero results from my workouts. So I hired a personal trainer with my overall goal to become toned.
Flash forward another year, I needed a change. I was getting bored with lifting light weights and still doing tons of cardio. My gym was constantly advertising trainers who had just competed in figure competitions and body building contests. They looked amazing! I thought to myself now that would be a challenge and an awesome goal to work towards. So, I got a new trainer who asked me the first day, "Why do you want to compete in a figure competition?" I replied "It looks fun!" He goes "Oh, it will be fun." Now I knew I made the right decision and would not be bored with his intense workouts.
After lifting heavy for almost a year now, my strength has increased so much! I am planning on competing in my first figure competition soon.Working out gives me a sense of peace and this is what works for me.