Working with strangers who become friends is always fun, but the opportunity to help someone I’ve known almost my entire life sends me sprinting laps around my house and turning cartwheels. (Those who know me well know cartwheels are pretty much an involuntary response when I get excited.) Jamie and I grew up in church together, and her transformation from the inside out is such a powerful reminder of why I love my job.
This is Jamie’s journey:
After having my first baby, I weighed 215lbs. Being fit and slim my whole life, this was a serious adjustment. I lost a few pounds, but nothing I was doing was working. I was not myself. I wasn’t comfortable in my own skin.
But it wasn’t just the weight. I started seeing how it was creeping into memories. There are hardly any pictures of me and my son when he was a baby. How was I supposed to be comfortable as a mother; if I wasn’t comfortable with myself first?
I reached out to my long-time friend, Michelle, because I knew her program was more than just personal training.
Since joining the Myers Cross Training community, I have lost 135 pounds combined over two pregnancies. But off the scale, I just finally feel like “me” again. The compliments & looks from my husband don’t hurt either!
The biggest changes I have seen in myself though, has been my growth in Christ. I went from being a lost, casual Christian to being re-dedicated to God through baptism with my husband. Reading the Bible was always was like reading a foreign language. But now, when I open His Word, I am able to share what I’m learning with others, especially my family. Through our commitment to Christ, we’ve got a firmer foundation of our marriage than ever before. Rather than thinking of prayer, Bible reading or my workout as a chore, it’s now one of my favorite parts of the day. Once Christ became the center, everything else naturally began falling into place.
In my eyes, Michelle is more than a personal trainer or a fitness coach. She’s taught me many things, but the thing that stands out to me is that I’m worth it. I’m enough. I do matter. Satan tries to steal our joy, but he can’t take my joy in Jesus. Her encouragement has led me to become a praying woman who serves our God consistently.
If you’re looking to begin your fitness journey, just remember exactly that; it’s a journey. If you’ll keep your focus on why you started, the desire to change will keep you more motivated than the uncomfortableness of staying the same. You can do it! I am proof.
Interested in joining the Myers Cross Training Community? Watch the video above, and click here to get more information from me!