“Train because you love your body, not because you hate your body” - Girls Gone Strong
I love this quote. This just about sums up why I wanted to become a personal trainer.
I started working out when I was in high school. I would go to the gym, come home and stand in the mirror pinching at my stomach, seeing if I had any extra fat there. It was never good enough, I was never good enough. I would just keep going back not because I loved my body, because I hated it.
Later on I struggled with an eating disorder. I would say things like “I can either eat and workout, or just not eat”, I thought I had discovered the easy way to have the body I wanted.
I overcame this when I signed up to join the Israeli army. I moved to a kibbutz before my service began. The first night I moved in, my roommate Shevie Rozman and I were discussing how we have to get in shape and prepare for the army. Up until then my idea of staying in shape was eating a carrot as a meal. We decided we would run a little more every day and do some ab workouts in our room. We took off running. The views of the north of Israel surrounding us were breathtaking, the air was fresh. That feeling changed me. I felt alive, I felt powerful. Those moments running around kibbutz, running through the fields at 6am almost bumping into cows, those were the moments I realized what fitness could do for my life.
I have been keeping up a healthy, active lifestyle ever since. Going to the gym in high school because I hated my body only got me so far, I didn't stick to it. When I started loving myself and loving my body, that's when I never gave up.
When I was pregnant people kept asking me if I was nervous for the delivery. It got me thinking. I would keep telling myself that women have been doing this for years and years. Our bodies were made to do this. That is my outlook on fitness. No matter the size or shape you may be, you CAN do it. Your body was made to move, not to sit at a computer. If you give your body the nutrients it needs, time and patience, your body will give you the results you're looking for.
Now I no longer look in the mirror criticizing myself. I measure my fitness by how I feel. When I can lift my daughters car seat and run up the 5 flights of stairs to my apartment, that is when I see the results. I am not that girl who can eat whatever she wants and be a size 0, it is a fight every day to make the right choices.
Every person has a different journey. Some days its tough, some days you have all the motivation in the world. I wanted to become a personal trainer because I believe that every person deserves to love themselves. I believe every person can reach their goals, they just need some help getting there. I want to help as many people as I can on their journey to loving their body. Fitness is a way of life and it's achievable if you set small goals each day. If you have a hard time climbing the stairs to get to your office, getting up off the couch, chasing your children at the park- a better quality of life is possible. There is no excuse for not trying. So NO MORE EXCUSES, let's work!