Like most people, the hardest part about working out is finding the motivation. When I played volleyball, my motivation was found in my love for the game. I never had to be in charge of putting together a personal workout plan. Instead, I had coaches that handed out schedules from August to May, followed with intense summer workout programs. Since I was 13, I never had to think about the types of workout or how much cardio I needed to complete for that day, I just did whatever fitness regimen coach had designed for us to do.

Now that I am a retired Division 1 athlete — Setter at Elon University— I took some time to rest my body. I ate what I wanted, when I wanted. I binge-watched Netflix (not that I wasn’t doing that before, and not that I won’t continue to… I mean, have you seen Grey’s Anatomy?!) and I wasn’t feeling bad about it. For those of you who are or have been athletes at a collegiate level, you can probably relate to this. Every second of rest is extremely valuable and unforgettable.

After my long period of continuously binging on Netflix, adopting free-spirted eating habits, and lots of needed rest, there
came a time where I hated the way my body looked. There were rolls in places that I would have never imagined them being. I would walk up a flight of stairs and be out of breath. Blame it on the large bowl of Queso I ate in one sitting (s/o to Elon University’s Qdoba). Not that I didn’t love every second of not having a care in the world, I was just so used to having my body look a certain way, and it was hard accepting the way it is now, post-volleyball days.

Then I started my “real life adulting” job. While doing that, I had every intention of working out, but as any newly college graduate would feel, life can get extremely overwhelming. Finding the time, energy and will power to hit the gym after a long day of earning that coin was and continues to be a struggle.
***Side note: Let’s not forget that one thing that is always there for me at the end of a tiring day, that helps me unwind and destress, my nice glass(s) of wine!

Let me just break it to you straight, I have yet to master my fitness life. I have yet to figure out a consistent way to stay fit and active, but I want to figure it out alongside you guys! I want to share all of my daily fitness struggles and failures with you, as well as my success and triumphs. If I happen to stumble upon a specific workout that I love and really works for me, I’ll most definitely share it with you. I want to go through this fitness life and learn and struggle together! Let’s motivate each other, cry with each other, stretch out those sore muscles that tell us we be workin’ hard baby! I want to do it all with you guys so that way we are never alone. I can’t wait to start this health and fitness journey with y’all!

38 Replies to “Fitness”

  1. What are some good ab workouts? I know for us girls that one of the places that we feel like it’s really hard to get, so what are some things that you do when it comes to abs. Also, include eating habits and what do you eat to maintain those nice abs.

  2. Love this! Definitely will supporting and keeping up with your blog. I started my weight loss journey almost 6 months ago and have lost 65 pounds so far but still have a long long long way to go. I too struggle balancing work, school, social life, exercising, and eating healthy. I have an Instagram weight loss page (p31_fitnesswalk) and thats kinda of my way of staying on track and keeping myself accountable. I am always researching for new exercises and healthy recipes so cant wait to see what you post and follow your journey!

  3. I feel ya 100%!! I am not a recent college graduate or athlete (not since 1996 lol) but I did have a full time job that I had to quit after 2yrs, because as a dependent/spouse of a military soldier, you have to go where the Army sends you! I’ve been out of work since March and it really shows all over my body! Really looking for a way to get back into a workout routine or at the very least, get active again. The only thing I’m working out these days is my mouth with all that eating, and my thumb from working the buttons on the remote! Thank you for this message. It’s so refreshing to know that I’m not the only one sporting a few rolls!! Lol! Love the website by the way!😊

  4. Awesome! Can’t wait to read you’re blog. I’m not athletic, but I want to change my whole lifestyle from my wardrobe to what I eat, I hope your blog can/will help me stay on track because I too have rolls where they are not supposed to be. I’m also a psychology major.

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