What has fitness done for you?
To say that fitness changed my life would be an understatement. For those of you who aren’t familiar with my story, I went through a huge body change that completely destroyed my self-confidence and body image. I went from 5 ft 3 to 6 ft in about 2 years. I started growing later in high school and even grew more through college. I went from being the smallest in my friend group to by far the largest and that was tough for me. I went from being called “peanut” to “big” or “huge.” To be honest, I hated this part of me. I hated how I looked. And it was something completely out of my control.
I wanted to feel like I had control over my body again. So, it was my sophomore year of college that I decided to start training. And I mean really training. Not just show up to the gym and do the elliptical and pick up some light dumbbells like I was doing for years before. I wanted to actually change my body…because this height wasn’t going anywhere.
I committed myself to this process from the beginning because I so desperately wanted to feel better about myself. I began learning, studying, and dedicating a lot of my free time to fitness.
As time went on, I began falling in love with the entire journey and process. Most importantly, I started to find some self confidence in myself.
Fitness taught me many things that have only helped me in other areas of my life.
I learned discipline. I chose early morning gym sessions before class on days when I really didn’t feel like getting up. I learned dedication. I made small goals for myself and worked towards achieving them daily. I learned independence. I learned to depend on nobody but myself to do what I needed to do every day to get what I wanted.
But the biggest thing I have gotten from fitness is finding my purpose in life. I am 100% certain that this is my life calling. To empower others to find confidence in themselves through fitness and health.
Fitness gives me a reason to wake up every day. It gives me an opportunity to have a huge impact on other people’s lives. It’s amazing.
And I know that if fitness has done all of this for me…then it can do it for you too.
We’d love to hear your comments! Tell us how fitness changed your life or how things would be different if you achieved your own fitness goals!
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