After experiencing several catastrophic life events and with 40 rapidly approaching, I made the decision to make serious changes in my life, which included making fitness my new priority.
A friend suggested that I start working with a personal trainer.
Initially, I balked at the cost and more importantly, the time commitment, but she reminded me that I was investing in myself. I agreed to start working with a personal trainer three times a week for 36 weeks with the goal of replacing 15 pounds of fat with 15 pounds of muscle.
I started to notice changes almost immediately. Exercises that I was barely able to complete a week earlier seemed much easier the following week. I also noticed that my self-consciousness had started to melt away and I was pushing myself harder than I ever thought possible. Above all, I found myself looking forward to my next session.
It didn’t take long before I started to see and feel the changes in my body, and of course there’s no better motivator than that. Though I don’t have a butt like J-lo yet, I have abs for the first time in my life and I’m stronger than I’ve ever been.
I also started experiencing changes in other areas of my life. I have more energy, don’t get stress headaches as often, and am more self confident and willing to take on more challenges in life.
My long-term goals with health and fitness include having fun while maintaining my current level of physical activity and trying as many new physical activities as possible.
Other helpful tips I’ve learned while on my journey:
- You have to make exercise and fitness a priority in your life
- Challenge your beliefs that you can’t do something
- Don’t be afraid to try new things
- Don’t eat bacon and eggs before a workout