MY FITNESS JOURNEY
A New Beginning
It all began about 5 years ago when I realized I had become the worst version of myself. I rarely exercised, my eating habits were terrible (eating fast food every other day or not eating at all sometimes), and I was smoking half a pack of cigarettes per day. My mind and body didn’t feel right. Motivated by the need for change, I decided to build a mini gym in my basement. I started off doing basic workouts at home with elastic bands and light dumbbells. I also changed my entire diet and quit smoking. I quickly outgrew my basement gym, so I got a gym membership. That’s when I discovered weightlifting and fell in love with it.
I adapted very well to the new healthy lifestyle and settled quickly into a daily routine where my workouts and diet were always a priority. I stayed consistent in the gym and eventually started feeling a lot better. My body started toning up, my energy level increased, and I was happier and less angry. I really thought I regained control of my life. I was optimistic for the future. Little did I know, life had other plans for me! I found out I was pregnant about 6 months into my fitness journey. To tell you the truth, having a child was not part of the plan. That news completely shifted my mindset and destabilized me.
At the time, I had a very negative outlook and was almost ashamed of my situation. I was also convinced that weightlifting was dangerous for pregnant women (it’s a myth by the way). And then, I fell into a deep depression and quit the gym. I gave up on myself!
Shortly after giving birth, I was still struggling with depression and other hardships. I was the skinniest and most stressed out I had ever been in my life. It took me some time to get comfortable in my new role as a mother. I was still embarrassed about being a young single mother. I remember countless times where I would have multiple panic attacks before going out to do groceries with my daughter for fear that she would start crying in public, or that I would run out of diapers, or that people would give me judging eyes. I knew the only way out of this depression was to force myself out of it, accept my reality, and make the best out of my situation. Almost a year later (Mika was 11 months old), I decided it was time to get back in the gym and start lifting again. Ever since then, I’ve been continuously growing and becoming a better version of myself.
During this time, I’ve done some serious personal experimentation in terms of workouts and food. I’ve been following a proper weightlifting regime and undergoing strategic metabolic repairing and positive mental strengthening. I was able to sculpt my body into the shape I wanted through limited cardio, hearty meals and fun workouts. My unique journey has given me the knowledge to understand exactly what the body needs in order to reach any physique goal in a happy and sustainable way.
“Happiness is a choice not a result. Nothing will make you happy until you choose to be happy.
No person will make you happy unless you decide to be happy. Your happiness will not come to you. It can only come from you.”
“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.”
“Be stronger than your excuses.”
“Mindset is everything. Where focus goes, energy flows.”
“The body achieves what the mind believes.”
“Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.”
“Make yourself a priority. Afterall, you are your biggest commitment.”
“You’re always one decision away from a totally different life – One day or day one you decide.”
“Fitness is about so much more than exercise. It’s a catalyst for positive changes, and it affects every aspect of your life.”
“A little progress each day adds up to big results.”
“Be somebody nobody thought you could be.”