New Found Spunk

 

Fitness has always been a big part of my life–from running on the playground all the way to college athletics. Throughout my whole life, I always had practices, meets, games, and activities that forced me to be in continuous motion. After college, I tore the trifecta in my knee playing recreational soccer. During recovery, I got knocked out of my fitness rhythm and never quite regained it.

At the same time, I worked in the offices at an athletic club. After spending all day there, I didn’t quite feel motivated to hang out longer to work out after work — it became much easier (and a lot more fun!) to meet up with friends for happy hour than to force myself to go to the gym.

Over the past couple of years, I have sporadically pushed myself into getting back in the workout habit. I’ve trained for couple of half marathons, run, and I’d hit my goal. Post-race, I’d lose the spunk and go back to living my life. I’ve sometimes had trouble going to the gym because I don’t always feel like I know what I am doing. I have a routine of running on the treadmill, using the elliptical, or doing an ab workout, but not much more to it. Running came easy, but using weights or having someone else to help coach/push me along has always been a challenge.

I’ve known for a while that I have needed to make a life change in the right direction — to live a more healthy lifestyle — but couldn’t quite find the right thing to push me in that direction.

When I came across the New You Challenge on Facebook, there was something about it that intrigued me.

It looked like something I would enjoy, something that would give me a challenge, someone to help push me along, and a nutrition plan to follow, which was one of the biggest things I knew I needed help doing.

And boy am I thankful that I chose to sign up. I’m fully aware I’m only in week three, but the people and the coaches have made me feel like I’ve known them so much longer. They continue to push and challenge me every day to give it my all and help me reach my fullest potential.

There is so much encouragement and inspiration that is passed on with every class.

I actually look forward to waking up at 5 AM to make it to the morning workout — you would not have heard that out of my mouth three weeks ago. It feels amazing to wake up each day with the right amount of sleep, the right nutrition in my body, and a workout that pushes me to be my absolute best. I’m hoping to continue this feeling throughout the challenge, and through the rest of my life!

Author: Stephanie Malburg

 

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