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What fitness has done for me.

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August 4th, 2011 Posted 10:05 am

What the Fitness Industry has done for me

As with anything in life, there are pros and cons, and people will never hesitate to point out the cons. Today I want to focus on the positive side of things this industry has done for me as a person.

I began in the fitness industry in 2006, a second year university student studying Human Nutritional Sciences yet having no clue about a healthy lifestyle or exercise. Sure, I was learning the science behind nutrition and the human body but I wasn’t learning the true importance of a healthy diet and exercise.

I played sports of all kind growing up and that is all I knew. I was able to eat whatever I wanted and remained fit and thin due to my young metabolism and various activities. As many of us know, once the early 20’s begin that metabolism slows down and many of us are faced with the ‘freshman 15’ or more! I was a victim of this vicious cycle. Uncomfortable in the foreign body I was then living in, and not sure of where to turn, I saw an advertisement for a fitness show coming to my hometown and began my journey with blinders on the following day. With the help of some friends I began researching and learning my way around the gym and nutrition.

Being quite young and unknowledgeable in the large world around me, I had no idea what this journey would bring to me. Now looking back 5 years and 10 competitions later, I can see the person I have become and the things I have learned through this crazy world of competing. Before experiencing first-hand what competing can do for you as a person, I saw the sport the same way many outsiders see it; working out, eating chicken, and boring. Since beginning however, I have become a much better and stronger person mentally and emotionally, not only physically. Of course I love the way I have transformed my body but even more so, I love the way I have transformed myself on the inside. Through the training that competition prep takes I learned the value of dedication and hard work and carried these skills over to other areas of my life as well. I quickly became a much better student, employee, friend and family member. I realized the true value of hard work and saw where it can get you in life and the results were astonishing to me! I was feeling healthy and energetic, looking great, doing well in other aspects of my life and was quickly addicted!

I have since turned a simple journey towards getting into shape into a lifestyle and now a career. It is truly rewarding to be able to inspire and teach others how to adopt healthy and active lifestyles on a daily basis, and to watch those around me begin the same path I chose, just 5 years ago. I would not be the person I am today without taking that first step towards the fitness industry. Goals, achievements, and my personality continue to grow in this crazy thing called fitness.

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