I feel like this article needs a disclaimer: This is more of a personal story with a little bit of motivation at the end. This isn’t just straight information about nutrition or workouts, this is a more personal look at my life and the knowledge I’ve gained in my 23 years of life.
So I’ve been focusing a lot on bettering myself lately. Specifically, I’ve been spending a lot of time in school. And when I’m not in school, I’m researching more school options, for after I’m done with the school I’m currently in. It made me think about how my mindset has changed over the past few months and how my goals have suddenly had an exponential growth spurt. Why is this? Simply put, I work with someone, her name is Breanne, and she has completely changed my mindset on so many things. Let me rewind a bit and give you some background.
I met Breanne a little over a year ago, but we didn’t start working closely together until about 5-6 months ago. As you’ve probably seen in my previous posts, I’ve made a pretty big transformation physically and I’m continuing with that until I reach my goal physique. She had a hand in that. She’s a nutrition specialist, and when I met her I hadn’t realized just how passionate I was about nutrition. I knew a decent amount before I met her, and I had entertained the idea of becoming a Registered Dietitian (RD) but hadn’t committed myself to it just yet. I started taking her nutrition workshops and not only learned more about nutrition, but also learned about the science of behavior change. I could drag this story out more, but basically she opened my eyes to the world of health coaching and major body transformations, and I realized that THAT was what I wanted to do. Nutrition was everything I had been looking for in a career. It’s also rated as one of the least stressful jobs you can have, and they make pretty great money. It seemed like a no-brainer for me to go down this path.
So what’s the point of explaining how I know Breanne? Well to make a long story still kind of long (sorry I’m not sorry), she recruited me into leading her Body Breakthrough program at one of our sister fitness clubs. She plucked me from training obscurity and groomed me for the opportunity of a lifetime. Not only am I forever grateful for that, but she also forced me to dream BIGGER. I had decided to become an RD at this point already, but she mentioned getting a couple more certifications before that, because my degree realistically won’t be done for about 3 more years. And then suddenly I was in this place I like to call “anything is possible land”. So here I am, taking classes for my degree, getting certified in nutrition and health coaching so that I can not only learn the science of behavior change, but also start taking nutrition clients by the time the new year rolls around, flying out to Long Beach in October to get my HKC certification (this is a kettlebell certification), and basically setting myself up to actively work in this field for the next 3 years while I become an RD.
I woke up this morning and thought about my life at this time last year, and I literally said out loud “who the hell do I think I am right now? What changed here?” The answer is that I’m the one who changed. I stopped viewing the world as impossible. I stopped thinking that a 4 year degree was too much work for me, or that it would take too long. I started listening to the encouraging words of other people, specifically those of my peers and mentors, and stopped listening to the negative self-talk I had been feeding myself unknowingly. Which brings me all the way around to what this has to do with YOU.
612 words later, I’m here to be the first person to tell you that you CAN do whatever it is you’re trying to achieve. Losing weight, going back to school, whatever your goal may be, you CAN do it. I can’t tell you how important it is to have a support system like mine. I have someone I look up to cheering me on, I have supportive parents, I have probably the best guy in the world helping me work my way through college and making sure that I don’t flounder financially… These people are the answer. And I want to be the first person to tell you that I’m on your team. Society keeps telling us that we need to be independent and do everything on our own, and I’m telling you that that is bullshit. I’m all for being a strong and empowered woman, don’t get me wrong here. But sometimes you need someone to tell you to AIM HIGHER, and I’m here to do that. Stop selling yourself short. I’ve been there and I can’t tell you enough how much better it is to have goals that almost seem too big for you. Trust me, you’ll grow into them.