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What I Have Experienced in a Decade of Training (Part 3): On My Own

23 years old- Slow progress is still progress. We want things instantly in life. If you can get something sooner why wouldn’t you right?! It’s like counting down the days until a trip!

Whether you have been training for more than a decade or less than a year I bet you can look back and say you have accomplished something so far. Maybe you didn’t reach your ultimate goal yet but slow progress is still progress!I had to remind myself constantly (and I still do) that it doesn’t happen overnight! Putting in the work is what counts.


24 years old- The ketogenic diet and hot yoga changed my life forever. I heard about the keto diet (high fat/low carb) about 5 years ago and didn’t know much about it then.

It was reintroduced back into my life by Dr. Rob a few years back. When I  did it I lost 20lbs and felt so amazing on it! I had so much energy. At this point in my life I was incredibly stressed but one thing I knew for sure is that my diet was in check and I felt good in that regard. Along with this I discovered hot yoga. I was totally obsessed. I was pain free and felt calm. I didn’t do cardio or lift weights at this time. I just didn’t feel like it. I was totally into yoga at this time which I still love. I went on a yoga retreat in the Bahamas in 2017 and it was better than I could have ever imagined. Yoga isn’t just flexibility, it makes my mindset strong.


25 years old- Don’t lose sight of the big picture. Every day, every workout, every meal and every rep will get you to where you want to be. Know that one day you will look back at where you are right now in your goals and you will see that you have accomplished so much. When I turned 25 it marked a decade of lifting weights. I can still remember being 15 years old in my high school gym crushing workouts. I haven’t always been at my goal but nobody is perfect. I have had my ups and down and I know I will continue to but along the way I will always give it my all and do my best to feel my best. I learned to not let a training or diet rut ruin me. I learned sometimes I will be overly committed to my goals and sometimes life gets in the way. Some days I feel like training and some days I don’t. I make myself do it anyways as many times as I can but when I skip, I don’t beat myself up about it anymore. Big picture, I train 3-5 days a week and eat well. Most of all, I am happy.

I look forward to the next decade because I know I am capable of so much more and look forward to reaching those peaks!

Top 10 Things I learned in a Decade of Training


  1. Every workout isn’t going to be the best workout ever.
  2. Getting a Personal Trainer was the best choice. I lost motivation several times and trainers I had in the past always kept me going.
  3. Nutrition matters!
  4. Cardio isn’t everything for weight loss.
  5. Find exercise you love and keep doing it.
  6. Injuries/setbacks happen. Moving forward is a choice.
  7. You won’t get fit in a single workout and one bad meal won’t make you fat.
  8. Even when I reached my goal it didn’t make my whole life better. Health is so much more than just looking good.
  9. Slow progress is still progress.
  10. Best times of my life where when I exercised almost every day.

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