I only started posting about my workout routine recently because of the 30 classes in 30 day challenge hosted by my gym #HITFitnessWarehouse. Since my freshman year in college, I have tried to maintain a workout routine by lifting weights, running, and going to the gym to take classes, etc. Various setbacks prevented me from reaching fitness goals--weight gain, a baby, bad workout plans, bad gyms, being broke, or lazy, or overwhelmed with work, and life in general. Sometimes I would make gains, sometimes I would plateau, but most times I would have setbacks. Even with these hurdles, my goals were always fueled by outside forces such as wanting to be the fastest, strongest, and of course looking good.
It wasn't until April 12, 2015--exactly a year ago today--that I found intrinsic motivation to find a lifeline. I soon discovered that exerting energy and pushing my limits could be my lifeline and source of sanity.
Working out every day is what gets me through my day and especially important--my worst days. I don't show up to the gym to be the best or first. My goal is not beating you in the next run or showing you up by lifting more--not anymore. I run and lift because I have to. Being there pushing my limits keeps me stable, subsides the anger, diminishes the anxiety. I stay focused and sharp. Exhausting my energy source maintains my solid mind because if I don't I will use that energy to go rogue like everything inside is telling me to. With this change in focus I have been most successful in improving my fitness.
April 12, 2015--was a day that changed my life. Whether for the better or worse, I don't know. The events prior and the events on that day DO matter but it is not the message I convey today.
Today I want to tell HITFitnessWarehouse thank you and especially Kevin Kohan--thank you. You always believe I can do EVERYTHING even when I give you no reason to.
Kevin, All you have done for me and the gym you have built with Carolina has allowed me to teach my students, bond with my family, take care of my kid, and look to a bright future I thought was dim.
--Working out keeps me sane and HITFitnessWarehouse is my keeper.