Certified Fitness Instructor; Certified Personal Trainer
Physical fitness only started to jump on my radar during my last year in college, after taking an Aerobics class as an elective, on a whim. It ended up being my favorite class that semester, and I started to seek out more and more fitness classes thereafter.
After completing my bachelors degree in Biology and moving to PA, getting married and having my first my first child, I became a stay-at-home mom for several years and was faced with the challenge of figuring out how to lose the baby weight and find an effective workout from home. I was about 30lbs over weight at that point and my core strength had severely diminished from one, then two, and eventually three children later.
Just like every determined women there, I must of tried every fad diet, read every Magazine workout blog, and scoured the internet for hours looking for the magic recipe to getting in shape.
Well, long story short, there is no magic pill and the recipe for success isn’t a one-size-fits-all. In fact, there are no short cuts at all. Lasting results take time and patience, which is probably the hardest part of the whole process. So how did I begin? I started my weight loss by adding 30-35min HIIT workouts to my daily routine. Although challenging, HIIT is one of the most effective workouts to shred calories and burn fat. I also, very slowly, started to add weight-training to my routine, about 2-3X a week. This was the most challenging part of my journey because I share with you that I did not like lifting weights AT ALL when I first began. In fact, I dreaded my lifting days. Looking at me now, no one would ever guess this and I’ve come a long long way since then. But to anyone who is just starting their fitness journey, and you are feeling these feelings, you are not alone my friends! Just keep going!
And that’s exactly what I did. I pushed through the soreness, through the tough workouts, and eventually, after several months,, the workouts felt easier. And not because they changed or became easier in anyway. But because I got stronger. Not only physically, but mentally and emotionally. The workouts became more then just a means to change my body. Completing every workout, however challenging it is, always feels like an accomplishment. And those small accomplishments keep adding up. Over time, you not only start to look better, but you start to FEEL better. And that feeling is something that can’t be bought, it has to be earned. And that in itself is a huge success.
So I’ll end with this. There is no “secret” recipe to success. In fact, it’s no secret at all.
The recipe is: Hard work. Dedication. Commitment. And Time.
And find a way to move your body that YOU can stick to and just keep going!