My Health Is Not My Priority
Before starting boot camp sessions at Precision Kettlebells I found myself living life day to day without very much thought about my physical condition and how I was treating my body. I was not an intentional person, I just existed. I wasn't making great food choices and I didn't really know what it was like to workout with any consistency anymore. After a breakup, the stress of a new job, and my 30th birthday looming I suddenly looked in the mirror and I realized I didn't even recognize the person looking back at me. As a former college athlete I really looked in the mirror and saw what I had been ignoring for some time. My former athlete self was gone and replaced by someone I didn't know, and frankly didn't like; it took me a moment to realize I hadn't just gained "a little weight" but I had gained somewhere around 50 pounds along the way. The thought of hitting the gym felt overwhelming because I felt like I didn't even know where to start to get done what I needed to. I had never been in this place before.
The apprehension I felt about getting involved in a boot camp had little to do with the physical work needed to get back to someone that I recognized in terms of my health, but rather more to do with the cost associated and knowing literally what to do at the gym. I know myself, and as many of my friends and family will attest, my competitive nature can be my worst and best attribute; but I knew if I could learn how to use a program and learn how to effectively lose weight and gain strength I would put every ounce of myself into that. I was just really worried about what it was going to cost me. I remember Mike saying something to the effect of "instead of saying 'I don't have the money' say 'my health is not my priority'" It was that thought that pushed me to join a 6 week challenge and say to myself this is something I NEED to spend my money on...getting myself back. I haven't look back since. The fears about knowing "what to do" were quickly negated as Mike and the other coaches made sure I knew what I was doing, how to long to do it for, and just how to push to my limit. Very quickly the cost associated was not an obstacle. I realized the need to take care of myself was worth far more than a monthly fee.
Since beginning my journey with PK, I have lost about 35 pounds. Some I lost on my own before starting to work out, but the bulk I lost the second I started working out and eating better. While weight loss was my initial tangible goal, the idea of finding my physical strength and seeing myself as an athlete again was a close second. As I suspected, I dove head first into the workouts, most days hitting Mike's 5:15 a.m. class. People around me were constantly telling me how crazy it was to get up at 4:30 for the gym. But very quickly I remembered how great I felt during a workout and realized how crazy it was that I had let myself get this out of shape. Crazy, to me, was not going to the gym and continuing to be miserable. Sanity was getting my ass to the gym and getting in a sweat-dripping-off-your-nose workout every day before work.
I find myself now 35 pounds down and stronger than I have been in a long time. I like what I see when I look in the mirror each day. I feel stronger and I look stronger. The clothes I had been buying a size up here, another size up there, no longer fit and the clothes I saved as "someday I'll be back in those" are my daily wears. For me these are the tangible rewards I so desperately needed; but whats more is I feel like my best self these days. I honestly feel like I've been lifted out of a fog I didn't quite realize I had been living in for a long time. Working on myself physically helped me find quite a bit of clarity mentally. 6 months ago the thought about my 30th birthday gave me some serious stress, because I wasn't quite sure who I was or where I was going. But by the the time my birthday rolled around in June I welcomed my 30th year...and left 35 pounds in my twenties. No stress, no self-loathing, just strength and feeling great.
I recommend PK to people for about a million reasons. For someone like me who really needed to complete a bit of a personal journey, PK provided a judgement free place to do that; the support, guidance, and advice along the way helped me transform myself physically and mentally. Whether someone is looking to lose weight, get stronger, be a part of a community, learn how to eat better, or just get inspired by unique workouts each day...PK provides all of these elements with just the right balance of you-might-barf-but-won't-die-you'll-thank-me-later kind of attitude. I still haven't reached my ultimate goal, but thats part of the beauty of it. PK and it's role in my life have changed from short term fix to long term partner. I know Mike, Kate, and the whole team are going to continue to support the changing goals that I have as I continue on my own journey.
I'm Erin, a 30 year old teacher with no children. My Advice - just get started. Take the leap and you'll surprised by the change you're able to accomplish and how great you'll feel doing it.
Erin - West Chester, PA