My fitness journey
Thank you so much for visiting my blog! My name is Erica. I’m 25 years old and live in Washington, D.C. I want to use this section to give a little background as to how and why I got started in the fitness industry.
I grew up playing sports and I am a former varsity athlete, so for the most of my life I was always in pretty good shape and was always pretty thin. However, my sophomore year of college, I was planning a trip to study abroad in Spain. When I was trying on outfits, nothing fit. I had to go to the mall to shop for new clothes, but did not realize how much weight I had gained. I had gone from a size 2 to a size 12 and gained 45 pounds. I was in complete denial about my unhealthy eating habits and lack of exercise.
I stayed at a size 12 for about a year after returning from Spain. One night I ordered pizza and breadsticks for dinner. I remember this day like it was yesterday. Immediately after eating the food, I felt disgusting. It was in that moment I got mad at myself, and immediately put on gym clothes and started exercising. I worked out in my apartment living room. I had absolutely zero confidence to step foot in a gym the way I felt. After that workout, I was committed to change. I downloaded Kayla Itsines “SWEAT” app, and followed her workout plans for several months, noticing major results. I also changed my diet completely. Once I started losing weight and toning up, I gained more confidence and joined the gym. However, I didn’t really know what to do in the gym. At that point, I felt discouraged again but instead of giving up I found a solution. I reached out to a personal trainer whom I had worked with previously while playing sports (shout out to Josh @ 301 STRONG) and started working with him again. I started learning more about weight training, circuit workouts, high intensity interval training and running, and programming. Exercise is a learning journey just as much as it is a fitness journey. I took my workouts session by session, and fell in love with the process. I also enjoyed eating healthy.
Everything in my fitness journey was going great; however, I was in a very abusive relationship at the time and eventually that began to take a huge toll on my health. I lost an excessive amount of weight by not eating and my training sessions were falling flat. I was not making progress, had absolutely zero confidence in myself, and did not even feel alive most days.
I eventually was very luckily able to get out of the relationship, but the hardest part was yet to come. I had to completely rebuild myself, my self worth, and my confidence. How did I do that? The gym.
The reason I share this is because I want to inspire other people, especially women, to use the gym not just as a place to get in shape, but as a way to help overcome any problems they are facing. Whether it is dealing with depression, anxiety, low self esteem, or getting over a bad breakup — working out truly helps. As you get stronger and faster, you will literally feel your confidence building and you will start to love yourself more than ever before. Fitness is so much more to me than outer appearance. Being more toned is definitely a great benefit, but nothing compares to how much I have truly grown to love and respect myself. Not to mention, I feel alive again and happier than ever before. I truly did not think that was possible about a year ago.
That is why I made the decision to become a personal trainer. I want to help women be the best version of themselves and feel confident and get the results they’ve always wanted.