Today was a very exciting day for me. I taught the second half of the fitness class at the gym today. I know for most people this sounds like no big deal or even something they would never want to do. For me it is the start of my next journey.
Over the past 8 years I have honestly become a new person both physically and emotionally. Let me explain. As most of you know in October of 2008 just eight months before my wedding, I waited three hours in line for a roller-coaster and could not buckle the belt and was told I would have to exit. It was an experience that has taken me years but here I am now working on becoming a fitness instructor to help others avoid this experience.
After the roller-coaster I lost 20 lbs and then went back to my ways because I was told my dress could only go in 2 sizes. I used that as my excuse. Then after being told I weighed too much for many of the excursions we wanted to do on our honeymoon in Jamaica and having to sleep everyday because I was just so worn out. I was done. I worked hard and strong to get to where I am at now.
Too many people don’t understand that it is about so much more than just the weight loss. Of course I am very happy I have come this far but there is so much beyond that. I have now ran 2 Warrior Dash races and a Tough Mudder Half Mud Run (ready for the full if I can get a team together. LOL). I have grown such a relationship with God like I have never had in my life and He has asked us to be healthy and to care for our bodies.
“19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
I now have 2 children that I need to be strong for and teach to be healthy and a wonderful husband that I can do the things that we missed out on for so long.
My passion is to help others learn how to treat their bodies. Maybe they want to lose weight or just get in shape. Maybe they already workout and just want to join a class. I am ready to be there for them and to encourage them where they are at. So for me to teach a class today, it was a big deal to me. It is something I really want to do and believe in. I am hoping and praying that I will meet and inspire others every day. This is just the start of where I know I am heading.