My Fitness Story

Fitness is a part of my life that has completely opened up my eyes about myself and opened a door of happiness that I never knew existed. My fitness story is a really important part of who I am now, which is why I want to share it.


Growing up, I never did sports and wasn’t that active, and as a teen, I hated gym class, running, and pretty much anything to do with being active. After eating a lot of fast food and just being careless with my diet in my late teens, I grew unhappy with my body and overall felt terrible about who I was as a person and what I looked like. I was never obese by any means, but I was definitely overweight. One summer, all I wore was yoga pants, and I couldn’t fit into any of my jeans or old clothes. After realizing this, I started to make small changes by joining a gym, paying attention to what I ate, and I've only made progress since then. I've lost somewhere around 30-35 pounds since that point.

Now, fitness is how I get a hold on my stress, how I feel at ease and good about myself, and how I empower myself to be a better me on a daily basis. I am always looking to push myself in my personal fitness as it is a huge driving motivation for me. I worked out a gym for a while with great success, but what has truly shaped the body I have now are workout DVDs that I can do at home. I love the comfort and convenience of doing a workout at home.

DVD series’ that I’ve completed are:

After the Boston Half-Marathon- Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred
- Hip Hop Abs
- Turbo Jam
- Jillian Michael’s Ripped in 30
- Insanity 


I also started running in 2011/2012 for the first time since high school gym class. I was the type of person who not only hated running but was terrible at it. I started running with my husband (who is a naturally great runner), and if it weren’t for him, I probably would’ve never known how to run “right.” After learning proper form and slowly working up to more mileage, I was able to finally run a mile without stopping, and then two, and so on. I only ran once in a while and never all that regularly, though.

But in the summer of 2012, some friends invited my husband and me to run a half-marathon. Not ever even running more than 3 miles, I sign up for the half, eager to prove to myself if I could run 13.1 miles. I completed the Boston Half-Marathon in October 2012 and ran the whole thing! Overall, exercise and more specifically, running, has been one of the most empowering tools for my own well-being both mental and physical. I can't get enough and I'm always looking for more new and exciting fitness adventures.

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