I decided to write this post because I have had multiple people ask me how I got started with fitness, and what inspires me to work out.
Here is my story:
When I was growing up I experienced a series of traumatic events all throughout my childhood and teen years. From physical abuse, sexual assault, bullying, and the loss of a sibling.
At such a young age I was never able to comprehend why I was going through all of this.
The 15-year-old me began to think that constant pain and depression was normal, that I was forever going to live a miserable life.
At 15 years old I thought life was not worth living, life is so harsh and it's a never-ending cycle of pain and misery.
I thought abuse, bullying, and assault were depressing but I would get through it soon.
I thought to myself life couldn't get any worse, I have been through it all.
It's not until you lose that one person you lived and shared experiences your whole life.
In 2008 my sister went missing and was never found, then I realized nothing hurts more than having someone taken from you.
This was the moment where I lost a piece of me that I will never get back.
At 15 years old I thought that I could put an end to my depression by ending it.
After years of coping with depression, I began to realize that everything you experience in life is not meant to hinder you from living life.
Most of your emotions are based on decisions you make every day.
I decided that I would change for the better.
In high school, I began doing home workouts and before I began my day I would wake up at 7am and go for long nature jogs to clear my mind.
This helped me get through high school, I was able to focus on school and join extracurricular activities.
In 2013, I took the first step to purchasing my first gym membership.
Weightlifting became part of my daily routine and the reason was that when I lift weights it helps release that anger, stress and all of those toxic emotions.
Working out is not just a hobby, it has become part of my life, increasing my strength and allowing to push my body to the limit is an incredible feeling.
Fitness has definitely changed my life.