I have competed off and on in the figure division of bodybuilding since 2004. Through the years I battled with my negativity…negative self-talk and even self-punishment for not sticking to the ‘plan’ and continuously causing myself disappointment. You would think that with all my years of experience in nutrition and working out I would have this licked already. However, I constantly struggled to maintain healthy eating habits and enjoyment in my workouts. Prepping for competitions became a looong process, starting months in advance, and I was starting from scratch every time. It was an endless cycle of healthy eating, feeling deprived, binging on unhealthy foods, and then fighting to get back into competition shape. This viscous cycle started to feel more like a ‘job’ than my passion. I would have days were I honestly did not want to work out, and felt like I was not getting what I really wanted out of it. I actually considered giving it up!
A friend, who knew how much of a gym nut I was, suggested that I try Breakthrough Personal Coaching & Wellness telling me it was right up my alley. Well, suffice to say, I was instantly hooked! I started group training off and on at Breakthrough when work schedule allowed in 2013 to break up my routine at the time. By the end of that year I joined as a lifetime member. I was convinced this was the change I needed. Unfortunately, I still felt aggravated with myself; I was unmotivated and I would miss workouts because “I didn’t feel like it”……”it wasn’t working”, “I just need more sleep” i.e. Basically, making excuses for myself. I finally got my nutrition under control in March of 2014 with a group 24 Day Challenge at the gym. During the challenge I lost inches, pounds, and most importantly to me body fat! The support system that was in place made all the difference!
I no longer had to ‘go it alone’. My absolute LOVE for health and fitness was re-awakened big time! Now I am excited every day to train. I am continuously pushing myself to achieve more and motivated by the amazing people around me at Breakthrough. The energy and positive environment at Breakthrough is truly contagious and it feels like home! I have the best cheerleaders, sounding boards, shoulders, and genuine people to keeping moving forward!
More and more I find myself taking better care of my mental health, along with my body’s health. It is about longevity after all and I needed to close the gap between my physical changes and mental standstill. I love the positivity and resilience I am discovering in myself and getting from everyone around me at Breakthrough! Without a doubt, I love infecting those around me with a passion for their life, and have a drive to know how amazing they can feel too.