Transformation Challenge

When did you start your fitness journey?

I decided as a 2019 New Years Resolution that I was going to make an effort to get healthy and lose weight. I was convinced by my friend (Kristin Overbey) to try Revolution Fitness and joined in January. I started working out a few times a week and then took February off for vacation and various other things. When I started back at Revolution Fitness again in March I had to start all over again! It was super hard and frustrating. I decided I wanted to reach my goals and March was going to be my last start over ever and I have been going regularly ever since.

What motivated you to start?

I was motivated to start at Revolution Fitness to feel better. I have been overweight since having my two children and I was tired of not feeling good all the time. I always felt lethargic and unhealthy and I hated seeing pictures of myself. I decided it was time to fix it and start to feel like myself again. I also am in grad school working on my Masters in Education Administration and Supervision to become a leader in education and part of that for me is to also look the part. I want to look and feel confident and strong when I move into a leadership role after graduation.

What were some of your goals when you started?

When I started, my main goal was to lose weight and look/feel better. After starting I made it a goal to get through workouts and push myself to go workout in general. Getting there is half the battle!

What are your goals now?

My goal is still to continue to look/feel better to be healthier but now I also have the goal of becoming stronger with more endurance and not being afraid to push myself to try new things. I want to keep building confidence!

What have been your greatest achievements?

My greatest achievements so far have come as little victories. Being able to add weight to the bar instead of just using the bar, being able to do a sit up, being able to do a burpee without assistance, jumping rope, running laps without walking, etc. I wasn’t able to do any of those things before and now I can! I also am really proud of my 3-month challenge before and after pictures. The scale wasn’t changing as much as I hoped but the pictures showed that all my hard work is paying off!

What were/are your biggest struggles?

My biggest struggle was being embarrassed. I was embarrassed and mad at myself that I couldn’t do things when I first started. The embarrassment stemmed from always being the last to finish and needing modifications to some exercises. I hadn’t worked out in a very long time and definitely hadn’t done most of the things we do at Revolution Fitness for even longer, if ever. I had to learn that I can’t compare myself to other people and I have to just do my personal best. I also struggled with being exhausted from work, parenting, and grad school but I had to find time for my self-care and health because they are important too! I am better overall by taking care of myself. I am still a work in progress but I’m getting better every day!

What advice would you give to new members?

It’s really, really hard (especially at first) but DON’T GIVE UP! It doesn’t get easier but it is true that you get better. The more you go, not only do you get better but you also get to know the other awesome people at the gym and they become your supporters and cheerleaders too!

What is your favorite thing about your workouts?

I love the feeling of accomplishment when I finish a workout. I always end and think, “you did it!” It is a great feeling to think you can’t do something and then you do and do it better than you ever thought you could. I feel like a total badass after a tough workout!

I never in a million years thought that at 37 I would be doing the things that I am. Some of the workouts are things I would’ve struggled with when I was in my early twenties and in great shape and I’m doing them now! I’m super proud of myself and I can’t wait to see how much more I can accomplish in the coming months and years! I love that I overcame my fear of working with a trainer and going to a gym like Revolution Fitness-it was the best thing I could’ve done for myself!