ACE Certified Personal Trainer, Health Coach, Certified Behavior Change Specialist
I Felt Extremely Self-Conscious About My Body
For half of my life, I felt extremely self-conscious about my body. I was always a skinny kid. As a kid I didn’t really think much about it, but once I became a teenager, it became a source of embarrassment. I was too ashamed to take my shirt off at the beach or swimming at a friend’s house. I thought that if I did, everyone would laugh at the “hole” where my chest was supposed to be. It was painful.
When I was 12, I decided to become a vegetarian. During my teenage years, I told myself I was eating healthy because I didn’t eat read meat, but in reality my diet consisted of boxed macaroni and cheese, ramen noodle soup, honey buns, and cream-filled donuts. I was a skateboarder, so I was very active and burned off the crazy amount of calories I was consuming.
I Looked Down One Day and There Was This “Thing” Hanging Over My Waistband
As an adult, I became much less active, and the horrible eating habits caught up to me. One day in my 20s, I looked down and there was this “thing” hanging over my waistband. I stepped on the scale and realized there was 40 lbs. of gut hanging over my waistband. And I still had toothpick arms and legs. I was “skinny-fat”. I had never felt good about my body, but this was horrible. I felt so disgusted with myself. This was my breaking point. I had to do something.
I started running and changed my eating habits. That helped me lose the gut, but I was still not happy with my body. I was still not in good shape. I started going to the gym even though I felt completely out of place there and had no clue what I was doing. I did what most people do and copied what I saw other people doing or wandered aimlessly from machine to machine. Or I stayed on the treadmill–because at least I knew how that worked!
After Much Frustration, I Learned From Experts What Really Works
After much frustration–and giving up, then starting over again several times–from not seeing results, I decided to learn from experts what really works. I picked up a personal trainer certification manual and started studying it. I started applying what I was learning, and finally started to see results! My motivation skyrocketed! That spurred me to learn as much as I could about exercise and nutrition and test out what I was learning on myself.
The Hardest Part
At the same time, I worked on changing my mindset and my beliefs–which was really the hardest part. I had to learn to believe that I could do it. I had to learn to believe that all my hard work and effort would pay off in the end. I had to learn to believe that I was worth it. I really struggled with negative thoughts such as “Who do you think you are? What make you think you deserve to be happy? You’re flabby, weak, lazy, and out of shape. You’re never going to be anything but that.” I had to learn to change the way I saw myself. I had to learn to value myself. I had to learn to accept myself and come from a place of caring. I had to learn to stay focused on consistent, daily action toward my long-term goal while avoiding distractions and short-term temptations.
I had a lot of obstacles to overcome, but I did it.
With The 3 Tumblers–Exercise, Nutrition, and Mindset–In The Proper Place, I Unlocked The Body I Wanted
Once I dialed in my workouts, nutrition, and mindset, I finally unlocked the body that I had wanted. I reached the point where–for the first time in my life–I felt “comfortable in my own skin”. I felt good about my body and felt good about myself. It was such a powerful feeling! I became a personal trainer and created Cause and Effects Fitness to share that powerful feeling with others. Our goal now is to help as many people as we can feel good about themselves and empower them with the confidence, strength, and energy to do all the things they want to and live life better!
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