Tell me a little about yourself and your background?
I’m a 24 year old college student currently attending the University of Georgia, double majoring in International Business and Management, and minoring in Spanish. I’ve moved around quite a bit in my lifetime, but I’m now residing in Athens, GA, and I plan on staying here for quite some time. Something I like to live by is making sure that I try everything, even if it’s just once, because I don’t ever want to look back on life and wonder “what if”. I think it’s important to live life to the fullest and get as many experiences as possible 🙂
What aspect of fitness do you enjoy the most?
It’s hard to choose just one thing about fitness that I like the most (because there are just so many perks) but if I had to pick just one, I think it’d have to be the feeling after a great workout. One can go in feeling stressed and tired yet coming out feeling refreshed and optimistic. The endorphins and the “high” that you get after giving your all in a workout is seriously the best feeling ever!
How long have you been into fitness?
When I was younger, I absolutely hated working out. My dad literally used to have to bribe me to go outside and play basketball. Even so, I grew up playing soccer, softball, and basketball in elementary and middle school. As I got older, I would always go through ups and downs in my fitness journey. I’d get really motivated and work out every day as well as watch my nutrition for a certain period of time (usually no more than 2 or 3 months) and then I’d go back to my static lifestyle. I consistently started working out and have decided to make this a lifestyle change since November of 2016, and I plan on keeping it up for the rest of my life 🙂
How did you get into fitness?
The first time I seriously started getting into working out was my senior year in high school. I was overweight and extremely unhappy, so my roommate at the time and I decided to have a competition over the school year to see who could lose more weight. We both started jogging together and dieting (A LOT) and I became fascinated with not only exercise, but nutrition too. I lost about 40 lbs in 3 months, which wasn’t entirely healthy. I also didn’t make any changes that could be applied the rest of my life, so after the competition finished, I slowly started all gaining the weight back that I had lost. After that, it was a constant on and off journey with working out, until I discovered Fight Club at The Omni Club in Athens and decided to incorporate this into my everyday lifestyle.
What was a turning point for you to take it seriously?
After I was introduced to Fight Club/boxing, I immediately fell in love. Even so, life struggles and bad habits got in the way, so I didn’t immediately make the choice to do it consistently. Eventually though, I hired a personal trainer (who is AWESOME) and has greatly impacted my fitness journey.
The turning point for me was during one of our sessions. I still had terrible eating habits and only worked out about two times per week. I always told myself that I was “too busy” or “too overwhelmed” to make time for meal prepping and working out more often. During one of our sessions, my trainer and I were talking about his life and how he has so much going on. He has his own business, a second job, relationships, family, church responsibilities, etc, and he STILL has time to meal prep and work out very consistently. I remember looking at him like he was Superman and asking, “But how? How do you do all of these things and still have time to work out?” I remember him looking back at me and simply answering, “Priorities. Working out and watching my nutrition is one of my main priorities, so making time for it isn’t optional.” After he said that to me, something in my head just clicked. I knew that I needed to change the order of my priorities to make my health and my happiness something that I made time for on a daily basis. Ever since then, I haven’t stopped!
How has fitness impacted your life?
Fitness and nutrition has pretty much changed every aspect in my life in a positive way. I mold my entire schedule around my workouts now. I’m happier, healthier, more confident, STRONGER… It’s just great, overall. And on top of all of that, the friendships that I’ve made along the way are irreplaceable. It’s so great to have people at the gym cheering you on and vice versa, and it’s the best feeling ever to know that your trainers are with you 100% of the way. I wouldn’t change it for the world.
What words of advice or encouragement would you like to give to someone who is just starting out or would like to start but doesn’t know where to begin?
There’s so much to say! Start small. Don’t just dive in and expect to immediately get it. Make little changes, one at a time. Set realistic goals, and once you achieve them it’ll give you way more motivation to keep going! Another important thing is to take LOTS of pictures. Do not rely on the scale!!! The scale will lie to you, but the pictures won’t. Also, don’t just work out just to burn calories. Find something you love to do! Get out of your comfort zone. It’ll be super hard to keep it up the rest of your life if you’re exercising but hate it. And last but not least, YOU’VE GOT THIS! Losing weight takes time, and this is something that I still have to remind myself of every day. But as long as you stay consistent and keep trying, you will be able to achieve all of your goals!
Alice Guzman (@aliceinwonderland.923)