Happy Valentine's Day Challenge

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Happy Valentine's Day everyone! I have decided to take on a personal challenge today to let you all in (just a bit more) on who I am and how I got here. I hope my story helps you share yours!

I started working on a video for this but I need to practice it a little more before I record myself. When you are passionate about something, the waterworks just fly out and I am not ready for all that! However, I am ready to share over this blog. So, how did I get here? How did FunFitChic come to be… who is the Zumba instructor, Personal trainer, and Beachbody coach?

Let's go back to high school me… more like 16 or 17 year old me? That sounds about right. Well, for as long as I could remember, I was a dancer. I defined myself by dance and I absolutely loved everything about ballet. I never worried about weight because I was so active, that was never a thought. I was always the smallest person in a room and the amongst the shortest. People would tell me to eat more. I would eat a McDonald's Arch Deluxe Burger and find myself hungry two hours later. I was insatiable.

My junior year in high school, I was faced with the decision to quit dance in order to pursue a few AP courses. One of the courses required us to go to school on Saturday… AP History. Well, like any other High School student, I ate junk, and studied all the time. I now know I really was not overweight BUT the summer before my senior year, people would say things like … "oooh you are getting chunky, you should stop eating so much candy, your butt is getting big" … etc etc. Some people don't realize how much words can affect someone, especially teenage girls. I don't recall this all too well but I know at some point, I just stopped eating. It wasn't pretty.. I lost a lot of weight and people started talking again… I think people try to help but they don't know how so they say whatever comes out their mouth and those things can be cruel.

Anyway, things got ugly and I recall just a couple of days before my prom, my mom had to go to the cleaners and take my dress in because it was falling off me. My mom got tired of it and after much fuss and serious hunger, I started to eat again but this time we started incorporating steamed vegetables and learning a little bit more about nutrition. We didn't have much money but we switched from white bread to wheat bread, whole milk to skim milk, lots of trial and error, and took baby steps. Around the same time, I found Billy Blanks Tae Bo. Once again,  I was moving, I was happy and no longer worried about weight or what people said! I felt strong and happy.

Fast forward to being a college student, studying, partying, eating at all hours and going to a school with no gym. My confidence level in college was a lot higher than in high school, so I didn't go through any drastic measures but that meant the opposite… by the time I graduated college, I weighed twenty pounds more than I do today. Hard to believe, ehh? Well its true. I was also unhappy in a relationship and bored.

Sooo guess what? DANCE! I went back to dance, to movement, and then to the gym. I made some of the most beautiful relationships in my life and met great friends, including my current boyfriend of seven years. Salsa dancing got me back on track and once again I just lost weight without a worry or a care because I WAS HAPPY! Salsa, led to Zumba, led to personal training and now Beachbody. It's ten years since I graduate college and I believe 9 years or so since I walked into my first salsa class.

So how did I get here? Not by accident.

Although I have never been overweight, I too have struggled with it, I have struggled with body image issues, and I have overcome them. I had to. That was part of my life path and I had to in order to be here today and help you. I want to inspire you. I truly believe that movement and good healthy food can unlock the door to your happy self. I am sure it's not the only way but its a step towards the right way. I know this because its proved true in my life. I hope that one day I can hear one person say, your story changed the course of my life for the better. Happy Valentine's Day!

If you can relate, and you need some help finding the love I have for myself and for movement, contact me.  When I have some time, I am going to update this post with pictures. Have a great day and a great weekend. I love you.