As we quickly approach our 5 year anniversary here at Emerge, I reflect back on why I decided to devote my life to helping others with weight loss and nutrition goals. Basically it came down to this: "If I can do it, then honestly anyone can." Sounds silly and simple enough right? Let me explain. I have never been an active person. I did not play any sports nor could I even kick a ball without the possibility of missing it completely and falling right on my behind. After having my second child in 2009 I looked in the mirror and did what most women do-- I picked myself apart. I knew that I didn't like what I saw and I decided it was time to do something about it even if I didn't really know what that meant. I started doing some simple cardio on the machines at the gym & watching what I ate. I was losing weight but still wasn't really getting the results I wanted. As part of my membership sign up I was given 3 personal training sessions. During these sessions I used my time to ask questions on proper form, technique and how to use the equipment. I am a pretty quick learner so I took this information and the skills given to me and started to do resistance training. The changes in my body were almost instant. That 'loose' feeling I had was becoming a distant memory as I noticed the tone in my arms & legs and even booty and I felt amazing. I was in the best shape of my life after 2 kids and 25 years of life! Flash forward a year and I was stepping on stage for the first time in a figure bodybuilding competition. My point in all of this is that if someone like myself can do it than I knew I could provide the tools to someone else who didn't think they could either. You know that feeling you get when you learn something or hear some great news and want to share it with someone? That is basically how I feel everyday doing what I do. I take my knowledge and excitement about fitness and nutrition and I get to share it with my clients!
I have worked with a lot of people and the most common thing I notice with clients that really struggle with weight and food is this: "I am not enough." Not good enough, not worth enough, not strong enough. Not enough time. I 100% believe that this is something we tell ourselves to sabotage ourselves in fear of failure. I have had many successes and many failures in this life but when I finally realized that If I don't focus on myself than how can I be anything to anyone else. At the end of the day even if I failed, at least I tried. Not trying, in my eyes, is so much worse than failure. Life is so short and I don't ever want to look back and wish I would have done something I know I probably could have just because at the time I was scared. Fear can be a very powerful tool in success! Fear drives us in many different ways but if you can harness that fear and use it for your benefit you would be amazed at what you are capable of!
Moral of the story: Hey! You are worth it! You are worth the time, the money, the sweat and even maybe the tears because I promise you. You wont regret trying.