Why I Got Started
When I first started college, I always found the time to exercise and eat healthy, but by the time I got to my last two years in school things got really hectic trying to juggle class, work, and a crazy senior project.
Everyone always talks about the "freshman 15", but what about the "senior 50"? Somehow it seemed easier to cut out exercise and eating healthy to save on time. The funny thing is, I really didn't save any time in the long run because it took me twice as long to lose the weight then it did to put it on! Before I knew it I had gained 70lbs!
I was miserable with who I had let myself become. I knew that something had to change or that fun loving girl I used to be would disappear forever. I woke up one morning and decided that enough was enough.
How I Did It
A good friend of mine had started doing intense group circuit training workouts and asked if I would like to join him. I agreed and started in June of 2009. In the beginning I couldn't even do half of the prescribed exercises. Instead of getting discouraged, I pushed harder until I could not only keep up with the other people in the group, but at times out perform them.
I am naturally a competitive person and working along side my friend sparked a fire inside of me that I hadn't seen in years. After I completed 90 days of the plan, I hungered for more. I continued on to do three rounds of another cardio-centric circuit training workout program, a second round of the original program, and even an advanced version.
Now that I am at my goal weight I plan to continue improving my overall fitness level and reach for bigger and better challenges. This April I will be competing in Tough Mudder, which is a grueling 9 mile obstacle course designed by the British Special Forces. Fitness is no longer a means to an end for me, but instead a life long passion!
Suggestions for Others
Without taking risks, there is little reward. Don't let others tell you who to be, what to do, or how far you can go. Set your own goals, limits, and aspirations; succeed at them.
Take risks, live your life, and make mistakes. Most of all just do something. Don't leave life up to chance, take charge of it, direct it, and conduct it.