I have always been interested in fitness, but my fitness journey really started in January 2002. My husband and I had just gotten married and he’s family has a history or heart disease and high blood pressure. I told him I didn’t want him to die on me, so we going to give each other a personal training for Christmas.
Enter Mike D. This man CHANGED the trajectory of my life. We met with him every Saturday at 7am for 6 months. During that time I lost 25 pounds and my husband lost 40 pounds. From the first meeting with Mike, Philip (my husband) and I were ALL IN! That day we went home and throw out all the crap and the “healthy” crap.
Boy, was it a wake up call to lose my cheese and crackers and my pasta. I thought I’d miss it but looking back I had to go cold turkey.
During this time the gym had a weight loss contest. It was based on body comp change and I won. It was at this time Mike who was a former bodybuilder suggested I think about competing. At this time, I had NO CLUE about competing. I didn’t even know what it was all about. He told me go buy an Oxygen magazine and get back to him. I flipped through and thought this is not for me. I’m was not a “girlie” girl.
Fast forward 2004, the Red Sox win their first world series. My motto became if the Red Sox can win a World Series anything is possible. I sought out a competition coach and I competed for 9 years.
During this time, what was a hobby turned into a full blown passion. I wanted to be the Mike D. for other people.
You can only imagine what it feels like when you are able to set a goal that you thought was impossible and achieve it.
I wanted to help others feel the same way that I did. Nothing gives me more satisfaction than seeing others achieve their goals.
I started part time in fitness in 2006 and made the transition to full time fitness in 2010.
I can’t imagine my life without fitness and I hope that I can inspire my clients that we Mike inspired me.
Do you have a fitness story? I’d love to hear about your journey. Leave me a comment below.