I joined No Limit in January of 2012, after a friend pressured me to sign up for a trial. I was definitely not excited about going. I didn’t have an exercise routine and felt overwhelmed anytime I set foot into a gym. I would walk in and go straight to the cardio machines. I had absolutely no clue what I was doing. I was always uncomfortable and worried that people were judging me. To my surprise, I actually enjoyed going to classes at No Limit. Everyone was welcoming and I was impressed by how helpful and present the trainers were during classes. Over time, I struggled to be consistent and stay motivated, but I also couldn’t bring myself to cancel my membership.
Unfortunately, it took 3 years for me to commit to a making change. This is truly one of my biggest regrets. I was 28 and I realized that everything else took priority over my physical health. I was exhausted all of the time. I ate whatever I wanted and I didn’t like what I saw in the mirror. I was struggling with autoimmune issues (that would eventually receive a Lupus diagnosis) and my husband and I wanted to start a family.
In March of 2015, I signed up for a body fat loss challenge and told myself that this was just the beginning. I was going to complete the challenge and continue with personal training. No excuses this time. I was paired with Bri for personal training and I became extremely uncomfortable with the fact that I could no longer hide. However, I knew the accountability was crucial to my success. There were days that I struggled mentally and wanted to quit especially the weeks that my Lupus would flare up and I would desperately want to stay in bed. Bri knew how to support me and when I needed encouragement, but more importantly, she knew how to support me when I needed to respect my body and its limitations. It was the most challenging and rewarding experience for me. I was fully committed and saw results I never thought were possible. I was feeling great and eating well for the first time in years. I never imagined I would be someone who loved going to the gym.
In November, I found out I was pregnant. I was so excited, but so terrified that all of my hard work would go to waste. I am so happy to say it didn’t! All of the trainers were incredibly supportive and assisted me with modifications throughout my pregnancy. I was able to participate in classes until 36 weeks and I had my last personal training session with Bri two days before my due date. My recovery went well and I was back in the gym at six weeks, postpartum. Today, I can happily say that I have lost all the weight gained during my pregnancy and continue to make my physical health a priority. To anyone who is on the fence about joining, don’t wait until you feel out of options.