My journey to a healthier me

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It’s been 6 months …

on September 28, 2012

Six months ago my life changed forever … changed for the better. It has been 6 months today. Just 6 months since that first workout with Tyler, yet it seems like forever. How did I get so lucky to find a friend and trainer like him. And yes, it’s friend first, at least that is how I see it. I remember being really nervous that first day. And I remember being sore for three days after! But it was a good sore. I was so proud of myself. Sure, I had been taking his classes for a couple of weeks, but this was one-on-one, and it was something I’d never done before. Truth be told, it’s something I never thought I’d do. I never thought I’d be the type of person to have a personal trainer. I had always thought they were for celebrities and other rich people. Boy, was I wrong! Anyone and everyone can benefit from having a personal trainer. They just need to be serious about working out. They need to make a commitment to themselves; they have to want to change; they have to want to be fitter, healthier. Now I know why my efforts in the past always failed, why I never seemed to get anywhere when I tried it on my own. It’s because I didn’t have someone like Tyler. Someone to show me the right way to do things, someone to show me that I’m not beyond hope, someone who has confidence in me, someone to help me find the confidence within myself. Okay, that may sound a bit over the top, but really it’s not. I’m not sure I can really explain it. Tyler has given more to me in the last 6 months than I ever found on my own. He thinks I give him too much credit and not enough to myself. Well, maybe that’s true to some degree, but I also know myself. Without his help these last months, I would have given up. I would have given up when I hit the first wall, the first plateau. I would have gone back to the old me. But with his help, I’m finding a new me, a better me. He has shown me that I’m stronger than I thought I was. I have more confidence than ever before. I feel happier. I smile more, laugh more. Those things may not mean much to you, but they mean the world to me. I like to say he is the 2nd best thing to ever happen to me (my husband, of course, is the best thing). I’m doing things I never thought I would be able to do, or at least not anytime soon. I’m thinking in ways I never did before. My perspective has changed, is still changing. My whole life has changed. And I love it! I never thought I’d love going to the gym, I never thought I’d love working out. And yet I do. I laugh sometimes when I think about how much I’ve changed. I wonder sometimes what people from my past would think of me now. People who knew me as a painfully shy girl who spent most of her time in her room. People who knew me in school, who picked on me, who made fun of me. What would they think of me now. Would they still make fun of me? Would they still pick on me? I’m certainly not the same person I was back then … but then again, they probably are not the same either. At least I would hope not. Those that know me (or regular readers of my blog) might be saying “But you’ve been going to the gym for longer than 6 months.” Yes, that’s true. I started going to the gym in mid-January. But I didn’t make much progress on my own. I didn’t really make progress until I met Tyler, when I started taking his classes. But things really changed when I got the courage to ask him for help, to ask him to take me on as a client. And although I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into, I don’t regret a minute of it. I feel truly blessed to have him in my life. I hope he realizes what an impact he had on me when I first met him, and continues to have on me. I can’t thank him enough for all he has done and continues to do for me. Okay, I’m getting a little sentimental now. Anyway, so here we are, 6 months later and I have no plans to stop. I’m learning so much and having a lot of fun doing it. I continue to impress myself with the things I can do. Sometimes Tyler tells me what he wants me to do and I look at him like he’s crazy LOL. But he says to trust him so I try it and I’m amazed that I can do it. And sometimes we will be working with weights, and I’ll say something like “really? Is that all?” or another similar smart-ass remark, and he’ll look at me like he can’t believe I said that and add more weights or give me heavier ones. And I usually laugh. I love that we can tease each other. We work hard, but we have fun as we are doing it. That’s one of my favourite things. And while he is never mean, he doesn’t take any crap from me. I may think I can’t do something, but he makes me try it. Sometimes I can do it, sometimes I struggle with it. But then we know that’s something for us to work on. I may think I know what my limits are, but he continually shows me that I don’t. And that’s a great thing. And sometimes I want to push myself farther. Sometimes he lets me, sometimes he doesn’t. He doesn’t want me to get hurt. I don’t want me to get hurt either, but I’m stubborn and if he wasn’t there, I’d probably try it anyway. So it’s a good thing that he’s there. And I hope he’ll be there for a very long time to come.

Okay, I’ve been rambling on for a while here, so I guess I’ll stop now. I just want to say thank you to Tyler … Thank you for everything … I owe you so much, more than I can really say. And to say I’m in this for the long haul and I hope you are too. Here’s to the future, my friend.


2 responses to “It’s been 6 months …

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