Hey Bodscapers! Welcome to my blog! Now, before you get the wrong idea, I just want to make it clear that I am not a nutritionist, I am not a fitness professional, and I am definitely not a fitness model. I am just someone who found her passion a little later than she would have liked to. I wish I had known years ago that I would be so interested in health and fitness and wanted to make a career out of it. IE: Gym Teacher, Nutritionist, Health Educator.
For a few years now, I’ve known that I was very interested in everything health and fitness since I started learning about my own health and getting fit. I’ve been on a very long journey and it wasn’t up until very recently that I had wished I would have worked toward some kind of career.
I signed up for my very first gym membership at Retro Fitness in 2013. My boyfriend was in a touring band, so I always wanted to look my best for his return. After getting a few mani/pedis, I realized joining a gym and getting a sick body was cheaper than spending $50 every couple of weeks. Not to mention, more rewarding to the both of us. Although I signed up for the gym a year before, it really all started in 2014 when I got my first medical billing job after getting my billing and coding certification.
I was working for a multi-specialty practice where the employees were able to see any doctor for any reason cost free. Let me tell you, I DEFINITELY took advantage of that. I hadn’t seen a doctor in I don’t even know how long so, I decided to get a physical. Unsurprisingly, my blood test results came back to show I had hypothyroidism. I say unsurprisingly because I was diagnosed when I was 14 years old. Of course, when I was 14 I didn’t really understand or care what hypothyroidism was, and I was not about having to take a pill every day for the rest of my life.
After being diagnosed a second time, I told a coworker whose response was “Wow, you might be a totally different person”. She proceeded to tell me why and my life immediately made sense. Soon after my new PCP referred me to the endocrinologist in the practice, I made an appointment for a consultation. Long story short, she confirmed my hypothyroidism and that it was due to hashimoto’s disease and diagnosed me with PCOS as well. I started treatment and since following my endo’s diet and exercise plan, I lost almost 20lbs and was in the best shape of my life by summer 2015.
I became obsessed and was researching every little thing. Why are muscles sore? What do they look like after a work out? What are Macros? What is a calorie? How much water should I drink? How much should I be eating? What should I be eating? What does fat look like? What is hypothyroidism? Hypothyroidism diets? What is the best way to burn fat? You get the point.
Fast forward, to the end of August 2015 – I moved out of the house that my brother and I shared with our significant others and a roommate. I wanted to enjoy my apartment and it was 5 mins further from the gym (tough right?) so, I took a little break from working out.
Fast forward again to October 2015 – I left the job that I loved after 1.5 years for another job that would pay me more. I could immediately tell that this was not the job I would be staying at. I lasted 5 months before I finally found a new job and, in that time, I gained about 35lbs! Before I found a new job, I would go home and cry every day. I would treat myself by eating junk food and drinking wine and relaxing on the couch. After 5 months of misery, I finally found a new job, however, I didn’t turn myself around right away. It was probably 6 months into working at my new job that I one day looked in the mirror and saw fat on myself that I didn’t even know fat could store. At 167lbs, I was the heaviest I’d ever been, and it was time to make a change. Not to mention, I was going to be a bridesmaid in my brother’s wedding in June 2017 which was only 8 months away!
I told my future sister-in-law and the rest of the bridesmaids that I planned to lose 30lbs and, with guidance from my endocrinologist, diet and exercise I lost 31 lbs. By the time it came to get my dress altered, I was 2 dress sizes down!
By June 2017, my brother was married to his new wife. Almost a year later, I gained about 10lbs back but am in good shape. I work with a trainer and am aware of everything that goes into my body. I continue to research about nutrition and exercise and continue to work hard.
If you follow my blog, I will continue to share my story along with my knowledge and progress. I hope to help and motivate those in need. Like I said in the beginning, I am NOT a professional! Just someone with a passion….
Until next time!