My transformation story started back in the summer between my freshman and sophomore years of high school when I had the privelege of working with my cousin to help me put on some muscle mass and get ready for the next years basketball season. I was about 115 pounds soaking wet with very little muscle mass to speak of. That summer I was about to put on about 15 pounds and really piqued my interest in the fitness industry. I continued to workout throughout high school but when I graduated I was still only about 15o pounds.
When I went off to college, I knew I had to find a new hobby since I was no longer playing basketball but I knew I had to stay active and healthy. I decided to go head first into weight lifting and really trying to put on muscle mass now that I was not playing basketball as much. I was able to put on 10 pounds of muscle in my first month and kept going from there. I started researching and taking in as much information as possible about exercise, nutrition, supplementation and other fitness topics. I eventually switched my major from Finance to Exercise and Wellness so that I could pursue my dream job of being a personal trainer.
After my first 3 years I was able to put on 45 pounds and got up to 195 pounds with minimal to no fat gain.
I was able to maintain this for a while until I hit a health scare that led me to lose my appetite and most of the progress I had worked so hard to attain. I ended up 30 pounds of mostly muscle mass in about a month, erasing nearly 4 years of hard work and dedication, leaving me at about 165 pounds.
After I had reached this low I knew I had to start the path of getting back to where I once was so that I could be a good example for my clients in not giving up even when you seemingly have to restart. This time was much more difficult as I had fully left the nest with many more life responsibilities than when I did this back in college. While it has taken a couple of years, I have nearly gotten back to where I was but still have a little ways to go.
It has been a long road to get back but it shows the importance of staying consistent and bouncing back even when much hard work is lost. I urge you, if you have slipped in your fitness goals and the road seems to long, just start slowly, one foot in front of the other. Living a healthy lifestyle and being fit are marathons, not sprints. Even though there will be bumpy stretches on that road, it won’t stay that way if you keep going.