My Health & Wellness Journey

Eric and I were going about a normal weekend in May when he casually mentioned that he was going to try out a personal workout session. My brother’s roommate, Trevor, who Eric had just met a few weeks earlier, is a personal trainer. He asked if I wanted to go with him, and I immediately started laughing … masking the instant sense of insecurity and the pit growing in my stomach.

Of course I wanted to be healthy and have a commitment to fitness. But let’s be real, I could count on one hand how many times I had been to the gym since the beginning of 2018, and I had let my “busy” self get in the way of going to yoga.

I deflected answering Eric, changing the subject, and he dropped it. A few days later, he again mentioned wanting to meet with Trevor, and I not-so-enthusiastically agreed to check it out as well.

As soon as I committed to going to this said session, I immediately started thinking what the heck have I done? I honestly felt like I needed to work out and get into some sort of shape before I even met with a trainer (what?!?!) … I was preparing myself for the worst, although I wasn’t quite sure what “the worst” was other than perhaps a bruised ego and some sore muscles.

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So … I went to the “intro session,” and It. Was. Hard. It was only a 30-minute workout, and my overly people-pleasing, yet competitive, personality was determined to get through it with a smile on my face. When I look back on it now, it was basically what our warm-ups look like today.

I’ve been meeting with Trevor three times a week since the beginning of June (Eric meets with him as well). And while some days are amazing and others are hard like that first session, I know it’s working.

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Left: May 2018. Right: October 2018.

There are SO many reasons how I know it’s working … since June, I have dropped three dress sizes. I am stronger. I feel better. I’m happier. I sleep better. My mind is more clear.

It’s definitely not easy. I have to work hard to make my workouts a priority and hold myself accountable. I have to really plan and be intentional on my eating habits. I have to push myself to do more.

I just starting running once a week between my workouts. I have finally found a rotation of healthy (but good tasting) meals for each week, and I’m working on mastering meal prep.

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My health and wellness is certainly a work in progress, and it’s finally a new norm. I’m excited for the personal goals I’ve set for myself, and thankful to Eric for pushing me to take time for myself to get healthy.

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