My Success Storyposted on March 4th, 2013 / by Jillian Hamp / 29 Comments
Let me start this by saying I AM NOT A PROFESSIONAL.
This is my story. These are the things I’ve learned. And I want to encourage you in your own journey by sharing mine.
In school I was always an athlete. Basketball, Volleyball, Track, and even some Powerlifting. I played on select basketball teams and travelled Texas for tournaments. As my grade school career ended, so did my activity level. I moved, friends went to college, life slowed down, and I wasn’t entirely sure what was really in store for me; I wasn’t really sure who I was.
A friend of mine invited me one September day to come and workout with her at 24 Hour Fitness. At the time they had a free 7 Day pass, so for six of those seven days I was in classes, on the machines, doing cardio, and swimming. I loved the feeling of being active again! I felt so good… I ended up buying a membership, but slowly my frequency decreased. By December, I’m pretty sure I worked out twice that month.
Then January 2010 came around. My sweet sister had been dating a young man, who is now her husband of nearly three years. This particular January he asked my sister to spend the rest of her life with him, and she said YES! They came back to our home and celebrated with close friends and family. Photos were taken, tears were shed, and the story of ‘them’ was told. I rejoiced for my sister and the amazing man she was about to marry.
I was not, however, thrilled with the images of myself that were floating around after that evening. I refused to look like that in her wedding photos. I refused to look like that for the rest of my life. I refused to be overweight and miserable. I refused to define myself as something I am not.
The next day I met with a personal trainer and we set on my goal of X number of pounds, being X dress size, and just being happier with myself, by the time my sister’s wedding came around. The goals didn’t seem that hard, and my trainer was the bomb!
By the time my sister’s wedding came around, I was 35 pounds lighter, and 2 dress sizes smaller! I was beyond stoked.
After her wedding I continued my journey. And now, a little over three years later, I’ve lost a total of 65 pounds and about 30 inches. I’ve gained tons of muscle and even more confidence. I am still on my journey and look forward to sharing with whoever will listen!
Here are the things I have ‘gained’ in my fitness journey:
This is NOT reporting back daily calories consumed and burned. This is not “Oh, well I missed my workout today”. Though to some people it is! For me, this came in the form of social media. Between Twitter (micro-blogging) and Foursquare (location tracking) I was tweeting either on my way to the gym, or my PR on the treadmill. I was checking in via Foursquare which, for me, just made it feel more ‘official’.
One of the biggest encouragements to me that kept me coming and excited to come was the staff at the gym. The front desk and the trainers were ALWAYS encouraging me! First thing when I walk in, I knew the girls who worked behind the counter and they were the first to say “You’re looking great today!” or “Girl, you can see it melting off!” and the trainers who would come stop by my treadmill and tell me “Great Job” or “Hey, lets kick it up a notch” (followed by increasing my speed, and upping my incline) But the PEOPLE around me IN the gym made the biggest difference!
3. I AM WORTH IT.
In my physical journey, I also underwent a spiritual and emotional one. Recognizing who I am created to be and that I am worth the hard work. I am worth a body that is healthy and functional. I am worth a rear end that actually fits into the roller coaster at Six Flags. I am worth it all, because I was created to inherit the Kingdom of Heaven. I am worth it because the King says I am. Proverbs 31:30 “Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised”
Not only am I worth it, so are YOU.
And it is not going to look the same for every person. I could run circles around this point all day long! Get out and walk! One of my favorite things is on the weekends my dad and I walk the trails near our house… we go for about 6 miles, (generally twice a weekend) and maintain a good pace and great conversation! My biggest encouragement is YOU CAN DO IT. Whether its weight loss, weight gain, weight maintenance, YOU CAN DO IT.
Share your story. Even if its that stubborn 5 pounds that finally came off and seem insignificant. It’s not insignificant! Celebrate the victories, even the small ones!
What’s your story?