When I started thinking about what it was I wanted to share with the world, and really the point of my presence in teaching and on social media, it required me to reflect on my personal experiences and growth. Eventually it hit me, duhhhh: Flexibility and Fitness (shortened to FlexyFit because who wants to type that much lol), and because after all, these have both developed into not only my passion but my obsession. Both were also things that I had growing up, then lost in adulthood and had to regain. My journey back to flexibility and fitness has been a rollercoaster and it’s what I want to share with you. So whether you had it and are looking to get it back or you never had it and you’re wanting to develop flexibility and/or fitness at this stage in your life: YOU CAN!
So let’s back track a bit and talk about how I ended up where I did. How did I lose my flexibility and fitness? Through life and injury. Like most youngsters, I took my fit-ish body and my flex-Ability for granted; they were just things that I always had. Never did I think that I could lose them. But as we all know, life throws you curve balls (sometimes lemony ones lol) and those curves lead me down the path of weight gain and a serious loss of flexibility. After 4 foot breaks and a subsequent foot surgery, a broken rib, work stress, a failed engagement and depression, I found myself at 260+ pounds with severely limited flexibility. And through it all I was living in denial about the state of my health and weight. I still considered myself just “curvy” and “thick”…and likely because when I did look in the mirror, I was looking past myself and not at myself. Only looking back now, do I realize how over-weight and unhealthy I was.
Eventually I did have to face myself in the mirror and realize the I needed to take responsibility and accountability for what I’d let happy to my body. The path that I was on was only leading to failure and further health issues. One day I had to tell myself, enough is enough and that it was time for a (much needed) change. I won’t say that it’s been an easy journey back. It’s taken years of work to reclaim my flexibility and fitness; and let me say that I appreciate them so much more now. Being that I really had to work for them this time around, I also understand what it takes to earn them…from a dedication and educational standpoint. I understand the work, the mindset, the practice, the disciple, the sacrifice. The most impactful part of my journey back to a FlexyFit life, was the huge learning curve I invited in. As I progressed on my journey, I set out to learn more about the body, how it works and what it takes to safely achieve fitness and flexibility goals. This newfound knowledge has changed the way that I work, how I train others and how I live.
To take it a step further, I learned that there was more to living a FlexyFit life than just from a physical health and wellness standpoint. Being flexible and fit also applies to emotional, mental, spiritual/universal and financial health and (and is where I’m focusing much of my energies on now). With each of these areas, I had to adjust the way I thought, my expectations, my behaviors and my reactions, because growing up we are conditioned to have certain thoughts and expectations, but life really just doesn’t work that way. Once I realized that I could take the same growth mindset and apply it to other areas of my life, things started to click and become more clear. I gave up trying to control everything and started focusing my efforts on just handling whatever comes my way. And giving up the desire to control is HARD…especially for a Taurus.
So now, my goal in life and my focus with clients is to help them unlock the door to flexibility and fitness so that they can create a healthier, more enjoyable life. I hope that you continue to join me on that journey!!!