I asked my friend, Sarah, to share the story of her fitness journey with my readers. One of the reasons is because I knew her journey, like mine, has seeped into all aspects of her life. I find it so exciting and inspiring to learn how a jouney toward physical health can be a journey toward mental and spiritual health as well. I hope Sarah’s story inspires you. I know she inspires me every day.
Hi, my name is Sarah List. A little background: I am a happily married mother of three kids, one is on the autism spectrum. I currently have two jobs. Rebecca and I met through the gym, Platinum Fitness. She thought I should write about my journey since joining Platinum, and honestly, I thought I should too.
So, about 10 months ago, I decided to take action to feel better about myself. Not in the sense of journaling or reading books (though I did both), but by joining a gym. Honestly, I thought the most I would get from it was maybe lose a few pounds and have “me time.”
I was off, by a long shot. I couldn’t be happier about how wrong I was.
When I first joined the gym, I was 197 pounds. I didn’t tell anyone; I was so upset. It was the heaviest I had ever been, and I was VERY uncomfortable in my skin. Of course, as the universe would have it, right after I signed up, we were hit with a hurricane that caused statewide power outages for days and weeks.
Therefore, the challenge I had signed up for was delayed. No matter, I started improving my eating habits right then. There was no way I wasn’t going to get a jump start to feeling better.
Finally, the power was back on, and the gym was up and ready to start back to business. My first day of the challenge, I was down to 184 pounds. That was a short-lived win, however.
When I went in that first day, I almost ran back out. All these women (and a few men) were just hauling butt, and working out so quickly. I honestly wondered in that first moment “Oh my God, what did I get myself into!?” Luckily, my amazing coach, Dalton, coaxed me out of hiding and told me, “Don’t worry, I got you. Just give me 70% today.” I did, and despite the resulting tiredness, I was proud of myself for doing it.
As I continued in the six-week challenge, I met amazing women who raised me up when I was down and made me feel so welcome. They didn’t even know me. Yet, it didn’t matter. I had become someone they cared about, and it made me feel like I belonged to something outside of being a mom or wife. I felt like I had found my place. It was amazing.
Moreover, the coaches and owner of the gym helped me to find myself again, and to believe in myself again. They still do. I cannot find adequate words to explain my gratitude for them.
Fast forward to about a month and a half ago. I’ve now done four challenges and become an official member of the gym. And I got to thinking about how much I loved the atmosphere. How much I loved lifting others up to find a better person in themselves. I thought about how YEARS before, before I had had kids, I had thought about becoming a fitness instructor. Even shortly after I had my daughters, I had thought about it.
Why had I not pursued that?
I love helping others. And I really wanted to see others have the successes that I was having. So how was I going to do that?
I originally asked Aaron, the owner of the gym, what he thought my first steps should be. Before he really could answer, though, I signed up with the National Academy of Sports Medicine for their Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) program, and pre-enrolled for the Precision Nutrition program that starts this fall.
Now at present, I am half way through my CPT training, having passed my Midterm Exam recently! I have completed my CPR/AED certification and am on track to be fully certified as a CPT by the end of July!
I’ve had so many successes in my journey at Platinum Fitness, and I hope to some day (hopefully soon) share those with others. I want for others what I have accomplished, and I am actively seeking the tools to help them do that.
Quite frankly, in my studies, I have learned so many things that have helped me better understand as a client what the coaches at the gym are trying to achieve with myself and others. I’ve noticed that I am getting even better results now.
Basically, since starting my fitness journey, I have gained friends, family, knowledge, health (physically AND mentally), and found my happiness again.
I have found my path. Though it has lots of work on it, I am so freaking pumped to tackle it, because I am just so damn passionate about helping others. I want for everyone else what I have gotten, and I know this will be an incredible way to do it!
Don’t be afraid to tackle the work that will lead to what YOU are passionate about. Take it from me, it is truly worth it.