A couple of weeks ago when consulting with Elizabeth, a Quiktrain client, on her goals, we got into a conversation about why she trains. I found it really inspirational especially since I know how far she’s come since our initial consultation two years ago. So I asked her to do a short write up and I’ve included it as a blog.
Check it out!
A couple days ago when talking about my future goals, Derick asked me what training means to me. So I decided to write down a couple notes and share them. If it inspires one person to make a change then it’s totally worth it!
For years, I’ve had a hate-love relationship with my body… I’ve hated trying to love it. Arms? Flabby. Hips? Too wide. Thighs? Let’s not go there. And I hated the way I felt when I tried aerobics classes or used the machines at a gym…embarrassed, self-conscious, and uncoordinated. Finally, after 15 or so years of thinking about changing lifestyle, my body, and my confidence level, I did something about it… I started working with Derick about 2 years ago, and even though I’ve long since reached and exceeded my transformation goals, I’m still going strong.
Of course, I could talk about all the health changes… I’ve noticed like a lower resting heart rate, increased strength and endurance, etc., but you’ve likely heard or read about them before. I’d rather talk about some of the unexpected bonuses.
My closet used to be filled with only neutrals and darks… “slimming” colours, shades that were meant to hide. And now? I still have all those colours, except now I wear them with oranges, blues, greens, pinks, purple, and patterns with no wardrobe malfunctions!
My clothes have finally caught up to my shoes. Shopping is actually a lot of fun now and can even be an ego boost. Now salespeople bring me things my teenage niece would wear claiming that “I have the body for it!” The first time this happened I remember thinking, “Not me. Not the girl who used to only do black and baggy.” Now when someone tells me I look great I actually believe them and I’m able to say “thank you” instead of shying away. I feel comfortable and confident in my new body!
Jeans – Yes, jeans. I even have skinny ones and what my niece calls jeggings! (jeans/leggings).
Bikinis – That’s right. Plural. I own several and have even worn them out in public.
Right now, I’m in the best shape I’ve ever been and that makes me so happy! I know that I’ll be better able to manage whatever challenges await me, I’ll be able to be active with my family for a long time.
If anything I’ve said resonates with you then don’t wait. Get fit while you can still enjoy it. You’ll be happy you did!
P.S. I included a picture of me in one of my fave outfits!