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When life throws you a curve ball

Thursday, June 14, 2018

I received some bittersweet news on Tuesday. My gym is closing. I am guessing to a lot of people this seems like it wouldn't be too big of a deal since there are so many gyms out there. I have to say though that I spent countless nights at this gym mentally and physically transforming myself. When I went into this gym about 5 years ago, I was at a dark place in my life. My health was at an all time low and I was very overweight/obese. I had been diagnosed with a variety of health issues (Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol).

At first I felt so self conscious walking into that gym. I had a great friend that really encouraged me to get out of my comfort zone and start running. I never thought I would get into running, but slowly and surely I started to get better and better. I eventually ended up working with a personal trainer. That is when things really started to change for me. Having a trainer to help me get more comfortable in the gym, was amazingly helpful. In addition, he pushed me to work a bit past my comfort zone. I think the biggest thing was having someone to also offer encouragement, support, and accountability. I started to really drop the weight. Not only was I undergoing a massive physical transformation, I also changed a lot mentally. I started to believe in myself. I don't quite know how to explain it, but the more results I saw, the harder that I wanted to push myself to improve my health. In addition, I started to step out of my comfort zone professionally, too. I applied and accepted a job that I knew would be a challenge for me, but I am so GLAD I did. I credit my progress in the gym for my increased self confidence. Along the way, I made some awesome friends that shared similar goals to try to continue to improve their health and challenge themselves to improve their physical abilities. We all shared many happy times in the gym training or just saying hello to one another. Sometimes we would even meet at the gym to run or train together. We started doing some races with our trainer outside of the gym. We are currently training for a half marathon. The gym turned into a second home and a safe place for me! I ended up getting to know many of the "regulars" at the gym. I also had family members join the gym. My mom even started training with my trainer and saw some amazing results.

I am mentioning all of this just to try and put into words how much this gym meant to me. I also feel for my trainer who ended up losing his job. Now, there is good news! Many of his clients plan on following him. He has several opportunities to look at in the local area. I am certain that I will be training with him in the future. Change is difficult and scary, but it is often necessary for us to grow. It is hard to believe that I won't walk into my gym's doors anymore. Although I am sure I will find many positive benefits to this change. One thing I know for sure is that I feel like this huge transformation has really impacted me in a radical way. I will continue to strive to be the healthiest version of myself in every way possible. Many thanks and goodbye emoticon to my little gym! I will miss you.
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    As tough as it will be to change gyms, you also identified several pluses including the fact that your trainer will continue some where local. hopefully that has all worked out and you are ready to sign up and continue on. Who knows... maybe this change will help spark your journey!! P.S. Your Benjamin is adorable!
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    116 days ago
    I know how you feel. The gym that was literally sight distance from where I live closed in Jan of last year. I was wanting to become a paying member after I was done with community college. This gym was literally half way between school and home so to miss it, I had to really go out of my way. I was making great friends there and really getting comfortable doing more. There isn't any other gyms close enough without getting exercise to get there.
    156 days ago
    Hope you find a new one you like as much
    156 days ago
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