I started my health and fitness journey in the fall of 2010 after struggling with lethargy and fatigue my entire lifetime. Years of suffering through childhood autoimmune hepatitis and gastro-intestinal infections left me lacking in energy and strength long after I had recovered, and I was resistant to becoming active as a result. I would go out of my way to avoid any situations which would test my endurance and limited myself in activities outdoors despite my desire to participate. As a young adult, I knew I wanted to be healthy and physically fit, but I lacked the knowledge and motivation to follow through with it on it on my own. Even worse, I didn't know where to start.
When I finally contacted Karla Adams in August of 2010, I had reached the final straw. I was in my final year of college and I didn't have the energy to make it through the day, or the endurance to even make it up one flight of stairs without feeling winded. I knew I was too young to submit to a lifetime of this and that I needed to make changes. As further motivation, I also really wanted to look and feel good in my skin. I looked up personal trainers and nutritionists in my area, and I started my journey with change.
Since joining, I became educated on proper nutrition and what ideal meal timing should look like for a person as busy as me. Within mere days of making dietary changes, I started noticing that I was having more energy throughout the day and was not experiencing my typical mid-day crash. Also, I learned to exercise and discovered that exercise made me feel stronger, healthier, and better.
Every step has been tremendous progress for me and the change is extremely evident to me. I came in being barely able to exercise with 5 pound weights, only to build to discover that I can now do four times that. Also, I now enjoy a morning hike and thrive in the outdoors. I am a more energized and more confident person as a whole, ready to face challenges instead of simply avoiding them. I know that I would not have been able to initiate and keep these necessary life changes without Karla, April, and Andrew, as they were the fountain of my motivation and fed my drive despite my own insecurities.
This was the best decision I ever made!