Hello all you awesome Bootcampers, Mamatoners, and Fit Mom for Lifers! I am so excited Dustin has given me this opportunity! Just two years ago, I never would have imagined I would be where I am. So let me take you back…
I studied Elementary Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and graduated in 2009. I accepted a teaching position shortly after graduating, and taught for two years in Johnson Creek. I will not go into details, but this definitely wasn’t the career for me. I loved teaching, but could not stand the politics. I had been receiving Dustin’s newsletters, and remember one of them saying something about hating your job, not being fully happy with life, and thinking, yes, it’s time. Time to make a change. So I emailed Dustin about becoming a personal trainer and he helped me on my way. I took some classes and became ACE certified for personal training and group exercise. When it came time to put in my resignation for teaching, I did so with hesitation. What if I couldn’t make a successful career out of fitness? What if I failed? Right around the time that the school year was starting up again, I accepted a job working at Anytime Fitness in Beaver Dam. I was the gym manager, and was also able to get my feet wet personal training. Around that time, Dustin asked if I would be interested in teaching a few bootcamp classes. Of course I would and am now teaching 5-6 mornings a week!
I think it is also important to let you in another major decision in my life. During my career transition, I was also planning my wedding. Similar to my teaching career, things did not feel right. I was not as fulfilled as I knew I could be. I found myself asking all sorts of questions: Was this truly someone I could spend the rest of my life with? Was this strong enough to endure the challenges that life brings? I began to reach out to my support system and concluded that it would be best for us both to call off the wedding. This decision coupled in with my career change, were two of the most challenging decisions I have ever made in my life. I slowly picked up the pieces and headed back to Madison to live with my sister and brother-in-law, who were so amazing for taking me in. It was in Madison, that I began to really hone in my relationship with myself as well as my passion for fitness. Now, I am currently in a relationship and career that consistently encourage me to reach my full potential.
Along with my career and relationship changes, I have also been on a journey to health. All of our journeys look a little different, but they all start with a why, a why that will definitely evolve over time. At some point, the pain of being overweight and unhealthy outweighs the pain of working out and eating right. I had always envied my “naturally” skinny and petite friends; guys always seemed to want them over me, clothes looked better on them, they didn’t have to workout and eat right, or so it all seemed. What I have come to realize is that yes, working out and eating right naturally leads to weight loss, but it is so much more than that. I started Dustin’s dvd program in August of 2009, and it was a workout I loved. I love lifting weights and doing high intensity cardio–it makes me feel badass when I am sprinting as fast as I can on a treadmill, and oh that feeling I had when I did my first pullup! Now I can do 6-8 on a good day. I don’t focus on the number on the scale anymore. I focus on the number on the dumbbell going up, the number of pushups going up, the speed on treadmill going up. Now I workout because being physically strong makes me stronger in every area of my life. The motivation and willpower it takes to workout and eat right consistently has flowed into every part of my life. I am constantly fighting to do better and do more, and fitness is one tool that I use to be awesome at life. As Jillian Michaels says, “It’s not about perfect. It’s about effort. And when you bring that effort every single day, that’s where transformation happens. That’s how change occurs.” Whether you are in the gym or not, focus on achieving your goals every single day. Work at it continuously and you will see the results you want. And remember your why. Never forget why you started.
I have made some huge changes, but I have never looked back with regret. I am with someone who makes me feel so happy, sexy and strong, and shares my passion for health and fitness. Teaching bootcamps every morning at 5:30 am is tough (still not a morning person, but getting better), but it doesn’t even feel like work because I am training people to do what I love. And in turn, the bootcampers have motivated me to stay fit and push myself to be better and stronger. Besides teaching for Dustin, I also offer in-home personal training, which I love, because it gives me an opportunity to help people who aren’t into bootcamps, or group fitness, for one reason or another. It is so amazing to relate one-on-one with people and learn about their why on their journey to health.
When I saw the opportunity to help make Dustin’s program here in Madison even better, I jumped on it. I am thrilled to now be handling the day-to-day operations of running Fit Fun Bootcamps and Mamatone. I hope to foster communities where everyone feels that they are welcomed and wanted, that they can focus on the workout and cues on form, and that they are supported and encouraged to reach their goals. I am thrilled to work with all of you and help you crush your goals!