My Mom and Dad waited for 4 years to have me. When I finally arrived, my Mom wanted to spend every minute with me. She didn’t want to share me. I didn’t have play dates or time with many other kids. When it came time for me to go to school, I didn’t know how to relate to the other kids. I was so shy I hardly spoke. I was also sick a lot with sore throats and pneumonia. I was at school so infrequently that the other kids didn’t know who I was!
I continued to be that shy kid that stood along the wall during recess through elementary school. It was lonely, but I didn’t know how to make a friend. When I went to Jr. high school I tried to get involved in activities like drama club, choir and student government. I enjoyed these things, but I was still the girl on the fringes during meetings and performances.
Then in 9th grade, something amazing happened. I tried out for field hockey and guess what? I was good at it! Physical activity and working with other girls in a team environment brought me right out of that shell I had been in for years. Being physically fit gave me the confidence to talk to others, work with others and to eventually become a team leader.
This lead to my career choice of becoming a Physical Educator. I wanted to give back to others by becoming a teacher and coach who could help other kids like me reach their potential. When I came out of college, PE jobs were few and far between so I worked for many rewarding years in adult education. Finally in 1999 a job opening in high school Health and Phys. Ed. became available. There was a catch though. To get the job I needed to coach cheerleading. Now I knew nothing about cheerleading, but how hard could it be? Oh boy! Cheeleading was many hours of supervising and paperwork. When this was added to the hours I needed to plan lessons and grade papers, I very quickly became overwhelmed.
At this point I made a very crucial and destructive decision. I had always exercised regularly and tried to eat healthy food, but now I had no time to eat well or exercise so I quit doing both. It only took a matter of weeks until I was having trouble sleeping, my thoughts would race, I couldn’t concentrate and I became anxious and depressed. One day I woke up and could not drag myself out of bed for work. I wanted to quit the job I had always dreamed about, crawl back in my shell and quit trying.
Luckily for me, my hubby got me to a good therapist and with some help from therapy and anti-depressants, I got back on track. My therapist said when I quit exercising and started to eat junk, it was all the trigger I needed during my stressful situation to start this nasty downward spiral.
Its nine years later and I am a successful educator and soccer coach. I am giving back by teaching and coaching young kids and helping them blossom just like I always dreamed. At this point I am 46 years old. I am noticing some changes in my body. The same exercise and diet aren’t quite cutting it anymore. I am losing muscle and gaining some weight, but I think this is just the price you pay for aging. Again hubby comes to the rescue. He hears from a friend about a new workout program called P90X. He wants to try it so I decide to be supportive of him and join him in his workouts. I had been exercising regularly at Curves, but the first three days almost permantly kick my butt. I tell myself that I will give it a few more days and if I don’t feel better, I’m done.
Then I start to see and feel muscles I never knew I had before. I start to be able to do more and more during each workout. I have lots more energy. I start to look way better in my clothes. I follow the eating plan as closely as I can. By the end of 90 days I have totally transformed my body and I am hooked!
Now I have become a Personal Trainer for the same reasons I became a Physical Educator. I want to share with YOU the incredible way I feel at the age of 54. I take no medication at all. I am happy, energetic and I feel like I’m in my 20’s! Resistance and cardio exercise programs and good nutrition are keeping me much healthier than I ever dreamed I could feel at this stage in my life. If you would like to join me and start your own “history”, take the next step and contact me!