"Thought I'd share my story with you guys since its 2 years to the month since I joined this studio, and I want to encourage those of you just starting out.
It was 2 years ago this month that some kind of switch flipped and I said enough was enough. I was struggling to stay afloat emotionally, growing pretty toxic and as a result losing friendships and relationships left and right. I didn't know how to deal so I ate and I played ukulele and video games alone in my room and stressed about the dismal future that lay ahead and the nothing that I felt I'd done with my life at that point.
Yes I was really hard on myself but depression is a beast of a mental illness and the only thing I could think of that might help is fitness. Makes sense right? I'm no scientist but the brain is part of the body so heal the body heal the brain right? It seemed at least like the best and easiest place to start.
So I started browsing Instagram and I found a lady whose posts were real, her before and afters were amazing and she seemed really on top of her shit so I sent her a message.
The first round was hard but it was fun. I approached it like a project. And a game. Seeing how well I could do every day and documenting the process on Instagram.
Who would have known I would have built such a little following, become a coach myself a few months later and taken it this far. Coaching others is more then just rewarding, it's truly the accountability I needed to sign myself up to stick with this thing for so long.
It's not always easy; there are so many challenges, lots of new ones as the journey evolves and lots of challenges that never seem to change (it's still hard for me to ignore my phone and get the damn workout done first thing) but you just take it one day at a time, each day is a brand new day to start again, try your best, forget the bullshit of yesterday.
I also know you must know - or decided- at the very core of your unwavering being, that you're going to stick with it. You're not going to quit or give up like every other time. You're given everything you need, the tools, the resources, the community, the coach and even incentives! So there's no reason to fail at this thing. The rest is all on you.
Because the time is going to pass regardless right? What can you do in 2 years? It's hard to list all the things that are a direct result of that decision but - lost 30lbs and 6 pant sizes (12👉6) gained tons of muscle, dozens of supportive fit-friends, built a fitness community, ran a 30k, can do 9 chin ups, completed 5 fitness programs, squat & deadlift 160lbs (I need to get back to lifting) earned a cruise to Jamaica, became friends with some celebrity trainers, travelled to Nashville, have earned countless incentives from my coach and the company, made about 15k, helped a lot of my friends reach their goals, barely a cold sore in the past 2 years, (used to be riddled with them) no longer suffer crazy back pain or period cramps, and have experienced immeasurable growth in the energy, confidence, happiness and pride department which helped me grow my art business back up. I've even repaired a few of the burned bridges from before and attracted a wonderful, perfect for me person into my life. Oh and when I learned I can't really tolerate legumes I've become way less gassy. That's been the best. ❤️❤️" - Sam G.