Weight Training and I used to have a love hate relationship. I used to despise it in high school because I thought it would make me look “bulky”, but boy was I wrong.
It all started summer of 2015, at my high school I did a program called STP (Strength Training Program) for volleyball off season. I trained with all the athletes like football and track. This program taught me how to properly lift weights even though I was still scared I would get bulky. After the program ended, I realized something, my legs were stronger, leaner and my arms had definition and my butt was completely lifted. That moment changed everything for me because I realized how beneficial weight training actually is and what is can do in just 3 short months.
From then on, I started weight training in the gym and it was difficult because I had no personal trainer, I just had me, myself and I. I was a brave young girl going into a big gym with no clue how many sets, reps, or how to use certain machines, but I learned every single day more and more. I taught myself how to weight train. I spent hours, days and months researching how to do it properly. I was determined to succeed.
None of my friends worked out other than sports. They all thought I was crazy for going to the gym and lifting weights. Some of them suggested I just run 3 miles a day, but I didn’t listen. My family members even said I looked fine and to just run a couple of miles each day, but I didn’t listen. I was going to get my dream body by lifting weights and they’d see some day I was right.
Weight Training became my addiction. I loved the feeling of lifting weights, getting stronger each week, the feeling of pain in the last rep of each set. I developed a special passion for weight training. Although, sometimes I was busy, and it was difficult to find time to work out, I did. One thing I did notice was when I was consistent, I saw outstanding results, and it helped me eat better. Although, when I slacked and didn’t do it very much, I noticed not just physically, but mentally as well I wasn’t improving or getting closer to my goals and I would crave bad foods. In 2017, I hopped on the train “Cardio burns all fat” which was so dumb, and I realize that now, but back then I thought that because I wanted to lose weight and I wanted to do it quickly I thought cardio was my answer. When in reality, I gained even more weight doing cardio.
It wasn’t until this past July 2018, I started weight training consistently Monday-Saturday. I started to slowly but surely see amazing results and I was able to improve my diet and eat better and not crave as much bad food to when I was only doing cardio. I not only felt better physically, but mentally, emotionally, and spiritually as well. I used to suffer from some depression because of my weight and weight training helped me feel free from sadness. It didn’t happen overnight though, it took me months to see the results I wanted, but I was persistent and prayed every single day for God to help me and strengthen me, and He did. Weight training saved my life. It has become my main passion. I look forward every single day to lifting weights. I barely even do cardio anymore because I burn so many calories lifting weights.
I am here to tell you today I have lost 16 pounds and I am still currently trying to shed the remaining fat off my body, but weight training changed my life and it can change yours too. I wanted to share this story because I want to help as many people as I can learn how to weight train and truly beneficial it is mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually. Also I wanted to share because it my story of never giving up. It took me 5 years to finally figure out how to weight train properly and I want to help y’all so it takes y’all 1/5 of what it took me. If you are further interested in my weight training, please fill free to contact me.