What’s your story? We all have one. Some share it loudly while others work quietly to achieve their goals. I am not exactly loud or work in secret, but sharing parts along the way.
It’s part of who I am. I set my eyes on a target and keep working toward it.
What’s your story? Here’s my story
My fitness journey began a little more than 6 years ago. I decided that I wanted to be happier and healthier.
My first thought was to begin running. I didn’t have any grandiose dream. I just wanted to loose some weight. I didn’t know anyone near me that ran and I really wanted to challenge myself so I signed up to run a half marathon in my father’s memory with Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
My passion for running continued
Although I didn’t consider myself a runner, I was running.
Enter a new group beginning across the country – Black Girls RUN!
I wanted to make sure other runners had a more positive experience and support system to achieve their goals. I wanted other women to believe they could lead healthier lifestyles even with a family.
After countless miles on the pavement I was ready for a new challenge.
It’s been almost a year
Last summer after returning from St Thomas, I teamed up with my coach, mentor and friend. We began with my goal of becoming a National Physique Committee (NPC) figure athlete.
In about 9 weeks we did what I sort of thought was impossible. She led and I followed. We worked hard and I became a NPC figure athlete at the NPC Elite Muscle Classic.
I was happy but I wanted more. Through her guidance, I went from figure to bikini athlete in 2016.
And now we are working toward my third show of the year. The plan is to take the stage at the NPC Mid-Atlantic Classic in Charlotte.
My physical transformation is more than weight loss
It’s easy to see the physical transformation. I have lost 50ish almost 60 pounds since I began my journey with running.
Running has given me the opportunity to become stronger and make some really good friends. It’s also a place that I can find a strange sense of peace.
Outside of running the thing that has changed the most is my shape due to strength training. Let me be honest, there are days that I don’t want to train or eat according to my meal plan. Some days I do have those lazy days where I watch TV and do nothing.
However, I have the drive to keep working. I have the willingness to do what many won’t do. When people ask why am I running at lunch or forbid myself from partaking in some food delight, I am comfortable with my answer. It’s easy to go with the flow and give in to sleep, friends, parties, cake and other things. It’s just now I prefer to be the one achieving my goals. Sometimes that means pushing my body to the next level to learn what will create change. There are rules and then there are exceptions.
Surround yourself with like-minded people
One of the things I have found is that surrounding yourself with like-minded people helps to fulfill your story. It makes the hard days easier and the easier days more fun. My story is not completely written but I am working on part of it.
What’s your story?