Why did I start?

why did I start

That is a good question, and one that I get very often. My fitness journey began the fall of 2014. I spent all summer avoiding the beach or pool because I did not feel confident in my body. I became overweight, I was not happy with the person in the mirror.

When I lived in Switzerland, I ran a lot. I started long distance running when my mother was sick as a way to relieve stress. I continued it until I moved to the United States. During this time, I completed two marathons, with 4 hours and 15 minutes being my best time. When I moved to the US, I was consumed with acclimating to a new culture and environment. I had a hard time adjusting to the weather outside and lack of nature trails around my house. I know this isn’t an excuse, but it was my reality. At the time, I was not skinny but was still in good shape.

By the time fall 2014 came around, I realized that I had to do something about my body – especially if I was not happy with it. Ultimately, that was my next project – I was to work on myself. Running outside was not an option for me as it can get really hot in Florida. I do not particularly enjoy biking and swimming in my small neighborhood pool just was not going to cut it. I became a member at a local fitness center and got myself a personal trainer. I would visit with this trainer once a week for a few months. Before I knew it, I was able to complete the exercises on my own. This was the beginning of my journey to be healthy.

With the New Year it is common for people to make goals for themselves – health, wellness, professional and financial. Oftentimes, people get discouraged when they do not stick to their goal after a few weeks into the year. My advice to you – it is never too early or too late to start. Go at your own pace and do what you can. Consistency is everything when it comes to fitness. Even if you can only commit to two days a week – everyone needs to start somewhere.

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