When I came to BreakThrough (then Punch Kettlebell Gym) in 2010, I was just over 40 years old and in the worse physical shape of my life. I weighed in close to 290 lbs (my highest was 308 lbs ). I wore size 44 or 46 inch jeans (I couldn’t get them at the store – they had to be ordered online or purchased at a “big and tall” shop. I could barely do a push up, much less make it through a workout with Chris or Karen without feeling like I was going to lose my last meal.
The weight I’ve lost pales greatly in comparison to all I’ve gained over the years. Perhaps the most important thing I’ve gained on this journey is the fact that I’m not in the fight alone! I know Chris, Karen, and other members of the Leadership team will not let me give up on myself. They push me to be the best I can be! I’ve gained the confidence in myself to push myself to be better today than I was yesterday. I’ve learned that it’s not about “fad” diets, and quick weight loss schemes. I’ve learned that change happens from the inside first, and there’s always help for me when I need it.
My desire to become a Coach has been fueled by all I’ve gained, and I feel compelled to give it back. I truly believe that I am here on this earth to help other people grow, and become who they were meant to be. I became a part of the Leadership team because it gives me the opportunity to give it back. If I can inspire just one person to push a little harder, to go a little longer, to finally take that step to begin the journey to become the person he or she was meant to be, then my purpose is fulfilled.
I believe that someone is always watching; therefore you always have a chance to inspire.