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What did life look like before you focused consistently on nutrition and fitness?
Before I really started seriously working on my own fitness & nutrition as self care, I struggled a bit with self image and carried some emotional baggage. I heard some negative things growing up that caused me to believe how much I weigh is important, and in my young mind, my weight determined my value as a person.
I didn’t have a healthy mindset on how to manage those expectations. I thought I always had to “burn off” everything I ate. I didn’t think of food as a fuel source, I thought of food as something that could cause me to become overweight, if I wasn’t careful. In my mind, overweight, was bad, and I measured my self-worth by the number on the scale.
What made you decide to make a change?
As I got older, my mindset improved, and I loved working out for the sake of working out, not just to burn everything off. I have always been a big fan of running, walking, and Jazzercise. At this point in my life I was exercising for my health and well being. However, I wasn’t seeing the results I wanted, and knew I was capable of. I realized I was on a hamster wheel going around and round , and I knew it was time to mix things up. My friend, Sarah Terry joined The Warehouse, and loved it. She invited me to try it with her and I haven’t looked back.
What has changed (race times, blood work, attitude, etc)?
Since joining the Warehouse, my mindset, on what healthy looks like, has improved even more. Food is fuel to me now, the scale is just one way of taking a look at my health-it does not define me. I celebrate strength, sweating, and getting a good night of sleep! I sweat more than I ever have working out, when I am at The Warehouse, and I sleep so well. I have challenged myself, and pushed my self harder than I ever have working out before. Cardio together with weights and the interval training has made the difference in my body. I feel better and stronger.
Before joining The Warehouse, I was a chronic “starter.” I would start things, but never finish them. Over the summer, I decided to participate in The Warehouse’s “Power of 50.” I believed in myself, I showed up, and I earned that tank top. It is the first thing I have ever started, and finished. I am so proud of that.