Growing up, my childhood had its difficult moments. I remembered being referred to as chunky and pudgy all the time. My aunts and cousins constantly asked about my weight and I was always teased being the biggest one out of all my classmates. Carrying this weight around (emotional and physical) prompted me to try out for the drill team and tennis in high school. Although I made both teams, I still wasn’t small. No matter what I did I was always the biggest one.
As a young adult and through college I struggled greatly with my weight. This was primarily due to the death of my father. Losing him made me feel like I lost a part of myself. I was emotional and didn’t take care of my body. My weight constantly went up and down and I had poor eating habits. My cholesterol was over 300 and I was in terrible shape. On top of all that, I was in a dead end job with no growth potential and I hated it. It seemed like my life was going nowhere. I knew I needed to do something.
Realizing I needed a change, I decided to join a gym. I had no clue what I was doing but at least I was moving. Eventually I hired one of the trainers to help me with my struggles. I began to feel better about myself and even lost 15 lbs. Finally I was on my way, or so I thought. After a few months, my trainer moved away and I soon fell back into my old habits gaining back all the weight I’d lost.
Determined not to give up, I met another trainer who would guide me to where I am today. I learned how to eat right, how to properly exercise and started seeing results. The more I learned the harder I worked and it paid off. I lost over 40 lbs, 6 dress sizes and over 20 inches and kept it off for over six years. I looked and felt great! During this time I became a competitive drug free bodybuilder, quit my miserable banking job and became a personal trainer. Overcoming my own struggles made me want to share what I learned and help others. In addition to being a trainer, I became a fitness studio owner.
My story, however, does not end there. Years after successfully getting in shape, I was in a serious car accident. I suffered grave injuries to my neck, back and the entire left side of my body. Unable to exercise or even move around, I became very depressed and got out of shape. I spent nearly one year in rehab before even being able to exercise again. Starting back was nearly impossible because I had no strength. While my mind remembered what I used to do, my body didn’t function the same way anymore. Lifting a 5 lb dumbbell felt like 50 lbs!
As hard as it was, I had to relearn everything. Eventually as time passed, my body got stronger. Each day I was able to do more. Since then, I’ve learned to greatly appreciate my health every day. The accident gave me a complete understanding of how life can change in an instant. Today, I have recovered and continue to help others achieve their fitness goals.
Angela - age 6
Competing in a National Bodybuilding Competition
Back on track & inspiring others
to lead a healther