I grew up an athlete. And by that I mean between 5 years old and high school I played every sport under the sun either for a club team, a school team, or for fun. The summer between high school and college I had knee surgery (not kidding I had arthritis in my knee at 18) and recovery didn’t go quite as planned. Suddenly I didn’t have any required practices and workouts, and I was babying a weak right knee that just couldn’t keep up (but maybe that part was in my head).
Needless to say I gained what we call the “Mizzou 22”. It’s the 22 pounds you gain during your time at Mizzou. Somewhere in my junior year I realized how out of control it had gotten and started doing something about it. But I had never worked out on my own so I didn’t really know where to start. I knew the basics but everything else I learned was from the internet. There was still a lot of weight gain and honestly it’s just a blur in my head – both due to my heavy drinking but that’s another post. By my 5th year at Mizzou I was a company rep for the local Nutrishop, was taking potent supplements and had gained some serious muscle. I absolutely hated cardio in the gym so I fell in love with pumping some serious weight with the boys. It was my escape and a way to combat what had become a serious drinking problem.
Fast forward to moving to Jacksonville, Florida in January 2016 where everyone is tan, fit and wears a swimsuit 7 months out of the year. There’s no “fluffy” season here. Lifting heavy weights and eating my body weight in protein (literally almost 1 oz of protein for every pound of body weight), wasn’t getting me where I wanted to be anymore. I was strong, really strong, but I had no endurance and certainly didn’t look the way I wanted. I was big but unless I was flexing you weren’t really sure if there was muscle under that fluff.
Enter Beachbody and my Beachbody coach: Kelsey (my cousin). I didn’t have my own car during my internship that first spring so I liked the idea of doing Insanity Max:30 from my bedroom. I could do it whenever with minimal space and no equipment needed. I started drinking Shakeology and sticking to the program for the most part. I saw some results but nothing crazy (mostly because we still went to the beach bars every weekend). I tried a few more Beachbody programs and starting learning what balanced healthy eating was like.
Fast forward to fall 2018. I’ve been a Florida resident for almost 3 years now and in that time I’ve lost roughly 15 pounds and probably several inches too because I’m down about a pant size or two. But also in that time I’ve fallen in love and out of love with fitness more times than I can count. At one point I was a full-fledged Beachbody coach and even went to the annual Summit. I loved it but eventually I learned that it just wasn’t right for me – at least not at the moment.
Here’s a picture of me early 2017 (I think) after losing about 10 pounds and then July 2018.
So here’s what my current status looks like as of September 2018:
- I have a decent home gym set up in the garage that I don’t use nearly as much as I should or want to (I go from working out once a week to 5 days a week to 0 times a week).
- I drink my Shakeology for breakfast Monday-Friday and generally eat well.
- Because my body knows what a good fitness and eating routine is really like, it tends to bloat and not do well when I’m not on my game. That usually motivates me to get back on a program.
- I struggle to get my butt out of bed – this is seriously the biggest hinderance on my fitness. Bless my mother for managing to get me out of bed for 18 years.
- I’m debating on signing up for a half marathon at a National Park through Vacation Races despite the fact that I have hated running ever since knee surgery.
- I really miss my love for fitness and I honestly don’t know how to get it back.
I am by no means a fitness buff and there’s a lot of people out there that know a lot more than I do and are actually certified, but if you want to ask me a question about fitness or my journey – I’m an open book. If I don’t know the answer I’ll at least try to guide you to someone that does. I know a handful of awesome fitness coaches.
Now go workout!