This month's client spotlight is Amanda. We love hearing stories like this...SO INSPIRING!
A lot of my philosophies in life have been formed as a result of my occupation. As a high school English teacher it is imperative that I practice what I preach to my students. Students can easily tell the authenticity of someone, so I try to be open and honest with them, and practice what I preach. One activity I do along with my students is to write a quote and explain the significance of it to their lives. The quote I chose was from Shakespeare’s The Tempest. It reads, “What’s past is prologue.” While this sounds very antiquated, and I’ll be honest, a little ridiculous, this quote is so impactful, to the point where I had it tattooed on my forearm. The essence of this quote is that your past does not define you, it does not limit you, it has helped you get to where you are today, and is something that should be celebrated, even if you do not particularly like it. Your past has happened, it's part of your story, but you choose where it goes, you have all the power to dictate your future. This is a lesson I work hard to get my student’s to understand; they can do anything they put their mind to, regardless of their past actions or beliefs, all they have to do is try.
My journey to taking care of my health really jump started when my boyfriend had a heart attack 4 years ago next month. He had a heart attack that only 12% of people survive. This scare shook us both to the core. We started making healthier choices, eating better, trying to be more active. It was working, kind of. We were both working out, sometimes together when our schedules allowed. After 2 and a half years of this I wasn’t seeing the kinds of results I wanted to see. Then one day I had an epiphany. I tell my students to ask for help if something doesn’t make sense, or they do not know how to do something. I then started to ask myself why am I trying to do something, like get healthier, on my own when I don’t really know what I am doing, and I want to do better. So to practice what I preach, I decided to ask for help. I started researching trainers near me and came across FabYOUlous fitness. So I decided to try it. I instantly felt a difference, I felt more motivated to go, which made all of the difference. With this first “try” came so many more: try more exercise, try pushing myself harder, try eating even healthier, try going plant-based. I have stuck with every “try” I had attempted and have definitely been successful and seen results. The results that I have seen far surpass the inches and pounds lost (even though that is super motivating and thrilling to see). I have felt a change in my person. I feel more confident in my abilities to accomplish goals. I am headed solidly towards my ultimate goal, ensuring that, as I get older, I remain healthy and active. I want to reduce the health-risks, as my family history is peppered with heart disease, cancers, and diabetes. I am determined to do all that I can to have a different future.
When it comes to experiences, achieving goals, and success, we are our own biggest hindrances. We, the individual, are the ones who hold us back from trying, our fear of failure, our fear of not being good enough, impede our desire to change or try something new. But that fear can ruin your life. So what I would tell others who are considering making a change or feeling defeated, keep trying. There will come a time when you no longer have to force yourself to try, it just happens naturally. So keep trying, keep pushing yourself, because you are all you have at the end of the day. No one else can do it for you. Just because you, in the past, haven’t been or done what you wanted to, does not mean your future has to go the same way. So just as I tell my students multiple times throughout the school year, your future can change, it can improve, all you have to do is try and ask for help when it becomes too much.