I never made a conscious decision to say “screw it” to my healthy eating habits and fitness routine. It just sort of happened. It was a combination of being unhappy with my previous job, dealing with a rough commute, and if I’m being 100% honest, laziness. It was much easier to come home after a long, crappy day at work and plop down on the couch with trash tv and a snack than it was to change into workout clothes & get myself to a gym.
In college, I was a workout fiend. I treated gym sessions like classes; I had a specific time each day that I’d hit the gym to work out. After college I kept active and ran my first half marathon a few years after I graduated. It wasn’t like I didn’t know how to commit to healthy habits, but for a good chunk of 2014 I just let myself go.
When 2015 rolled around, I started to get myself back in gear. I had just started a new job where I was much happier, I had gotten engaged a few months prior, and I was ready to take charge of my life again. Yes, losing weight and getting healthy was a big part of it, but it was so much more than that. It was lifestyle change. It was about being aware of what I was eating and how that affected my body. It was about viewing workout sessions as “me” time rather than an annoying task on my to-do list. It was about getting my mind in a positive, productive place rather than having that “eh, screw it” attitude.
I started this journey on my own, but knew after a couple months that I would be much better off having a professional guide my journey. Sure I could hit the gym for an elliptical session or take a kickboxing class once a week, but I knew that wasn’t enough to get me in the kind of shape I was looking to be in. I wanted to be toned, defined, and strong.
I heard about Vanessa from Bachata & Barbells from a friend who had hired her for personal training after having a baby and wanting to get her body back in shape (spoiler alert: she did, and she looks amazing). It took me a few weeks, but I finally got up the courage to text Vanessa and tell her I wanted to do this. I hired her for 5 sessions and we started training about a week later, and truly it has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Not only do I feel amazing physically, but having a personal trainer is also sort of like having a life coach. Vanessa has guided me through every work out, pushed me to my limits, and encouraged me to change my lifestyle, rather than just commit to a few workouts every week.
Vanessa is celebrating Bachata & Barbells 1 year birthday this month & she so kindly asked me to share about my experience on her blog. If you want to hear more about my fitness journey & how working with Vanessa changed my life (and see the proof in pictures!), head on over to her blog to read the full story!