Fitness · Nutrition

How Far We’ve Come

FullSizeRenderDo you ever look at your calendar and just think…“how!? Where did time go?” Today I was writing in my assignments for this month and was baffled at the fact that it is already the middle of September. It seems like just yesterday I was starting summer school in May, and am now a few weeks deep into fall semester feeling way in over my head with projects, assignments and speeches. This past week I had felt out of my element at school, in my workouts and just life in general, so I decided to come home and collect myself for the weekend while having quiet time to catch up on all my assignments.

As I sit here on this cool Saturday morning with coffee in hand (Dunkin’ Donuts Chocolate Glazed Donut…mmmmm 🙂 ), I decided to write down the things that I’ve accomplished in the past year and the goals that I have for myself in the near (3-6 months) and far future (2 years). And after doing so, I’ve realized this has been one of the most pivoting years of my 20 years.

My goals included: Changing my major to the one FullSizeRender-1my gut wanted from the beginning but didn’t follow, the Health Fitness Specialist major at Indiana University, I have always wanted to pursue the health and fitness industry, but was uncertain of the stability in the positions in the field. As a direct admit into the Kelley School of Business, it was a huge accomplishment and a business career would provide great stability. I was afraid to let that opportunity go because of the unknown, but I finally changed my major this past Spring to follow my passion. I’m still pursuing an Entrepreneurship minor, and a Business of Life Sciences Certificate because I aspire to have my own company someday, as I also think the pharmaceutical industry is quite intriguing and positively impacts the health of many lives.

My goals also included: maintaining & expanding my fitness & health social media, passing Anatomy & Physiology for my new major, becoming a Group Ex. Screen Shot 2015-09-12 at 11.50.39 AMInstructor  at my school, obtaining a Personal Trainer Certification, getting experience as a personal trainer, and lastly finding an internship in the Health
Industry- whether the internship be business or fitness and health related.
And after looking at those goals, I realized I accomplished a lot on my list– I obtained a position at the IU Rec Center as Group ex instructor and I  love teaching my bootcamp and strength classes at school! My participants are awesome and always work so hard, I enjoy motivating them each week! It’s also a great time meeting various individuals on campus and many international students who share their experiences in the United States.

Two weeks ago, I took my Certified Personal Trainer Exam and PASSED and I am now certified by the Screen Shot 2015-09-12 at 11.51.59 AMAmerican College of Sports Medicine (ASCM) association as a Certified Personal Trainer. I am actually in the process of interviewing and completing practical experiences to become hired as a trainer at IU as well (will keep you posted there)! I’ve expanded my social media and have my own YouTube Channel: Fitness and Health Spot (CLICK HERE to see it). I’m currently in the midst of a 12 week cutting series this fall to get leaner by following a meal plan and workout plan I made myself. On my channel, I also share IMG_0168fitness/nutrition/health tips each week!

I’m doing my first give away for my subscribers at the end of September, so subscribe to have a chance at winning! It’s been a lot of fun and I really enjoy it because my followers can see more of my personality and what it’s like living a “fit life.”
BUT my biggest accomplishment?  Not worrying about what others think of me and finally feeling 100% confident in my body, abilities and goals. I’m so happy where I am at right now because I’ve come so far in my mental state in the past 8 years. Since about seventh grade, I’ve struggled with my body image, anxiety and what IMG_9685I want to do with my life.
But today, I have a vast knowledge of nutrition, fitness and health that has helped me transform my mindset and how to approach my nutrition to fuel my body in a proper way and not overtrain to feel confident in my own skin. I give much of my credit to strength training because it has made me more confident in myself and the skin I’m in. But also, I now understand how important it is to do things for myself and am pursuing what I love while maintaining a strong work ethic to help me find a career I will enjoy in the future.

I think I’ve been feeling out of my element because I completed some huge goals I set for myself and have not had a plan on what I want to complete next. So, now I am making time to organize and recollect for what I want to work on next– which is researching companies I would like to intern with, putting together my portfolio + resume and hopefully obtaining an internship next summer…wish me luck 🙂
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I’m closing this post with a task for you- write down all the things you’ve accomplished this year and some of the things you want to tackle in the next. Often times we don’t give ourselves credit for what we’ve completed and just go task to task without celebrating how far we’ve come, you are greater than you think 🙂

See my older posts, to see where I started my journey: 

Who am I?
My Story: Part 1

My Story: Part 2

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6 thoughts on “How Far We’ve Come

    1. i published this before i revised it, sorry you had to read the run on sentences…oops! but you’re the sweetest and that means a lot. You should come down to bloomington for a tailgate or we could find a trail to run and do lunch sometime 🙂

  1. Great post and I’m happy for you. Not worrying what others think of you is big on my list. However feeling 100% confident in my body has been crossed off. Good job; keep it up!

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