I can remember it all so well. I’ve always had a love for physical activity since I was a teenager. I did anything from running track, playing basketball, to actively pursuing tennis. There were lots of other sports and physical activities as well.
As life moved on, I became like the majority of us hard-working citizens, finding a day job to make ends meet. I moved along into the private sector, landing a job in management of loss prevention at several major retail stores.
Even while working the daily 9 to 9 shifts, I still maintained my workout ethic; especially hitting the gym on the weekends. It was tough, but necessary to maintain my health. It was also a stress reliever after working so many hours during the week.
But even while working out, I was like the majority of Americans, not really liking my job. I truly wasn’t fulfilled. Looking for any reason to get off early; maybe even not going in at all! This became the status quot. And let’s not talk about Sunday night, being depressed with the thought of knowing that in a few hours, it’s time to start all over again. I’m sure many of you reading this can relate.
Many of us Americans have struggled with our weight over the years. My mother was no different, as she too was overweight.
We began to take action of getting her back to good condition by doing exercise routines and changing her diet. Unfortunately, her previous diet and lifestyle began to take a toll on her body, leading to high blood pressure and heart disease. My mother took her last breath on February 15, 2002.
It changed everything within me and truly hit home that life is too short and that people should be happy and healthy. I began to reinvest in my passion of physical activity to not only help myself to live longer, but to help others do the same, and pass this new lifestyle on to their family and friends as well.
I vowed to my mother and myself that I will save, educate and change the lives of all who are wanting and willing to work hard and live a healthy life.
I decided to take further action by receiving my certification in Essential of Personal Fitness Training from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). This made it even more official, as I am now dedicated to saving lives by changing peoples thoughts, diet, and exercise routines, leading ultimately to a healthier lifestyle.
For many, many years, I’ve listened to so many people speak of how things ‘used to be’ before they allowed themselves to get so out of shape. They desire a change almost immediately.
I listen to their heart of hearts, and by doing so, construct a workout plan that allows us to define what success is, then we become a team, aiming for that level of success.
By setting goals together, we are aligned with each other on all fronts, including strength, diet, aerobics/cardio, and even mental fitness.
My heart smiles when they begin to see changes within themselves from all of our hard work. Hearing statements like “I’m no longer on blood pressure medication or diabetic anymore”, ” Sandra I tied my shoe today, on the top of my shoe, not the side”, “I was able to put my belt in the next hole today” or “I was able to walk up the stairs without being so out of breath” may seem like small things, but you start to understand that even the small things matter.
You see, that’s my ultimate goal for you. Physical fitness, happiness, motivation, and a long healthy life.