Free Ballin’ or An Ode to Leah

By the time you read this, I will have completed my last training session with the hilarious, smart, beautiful and talented Leah.  I will probably be in tears most of the day, try not to stare.

I hope she doesn't mind that I borrowed this photo!
I hope she doesn’t mind that I borrowed this photo!

Working out with Leah was one of the best decisions I made in my endeavor to get healthy. When I started going to the gym, I had no idea what I was doing and I clumsily and self-consciously stumbled from machine to machine, pretending to work out.  I was terrified at the prospect of getting a trainer but knew it could do me nothing but good. Thankfully, I was paired with this wonderful angel who pushed me, encouraged me and literally shaped me over the course of our year together.  We became more than trainer and client, we became friends.

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I’d put training sessions right up there with comfy shoes and a good, sturdy bra in the competition for best investments.  I learned how to workout effectively, how to burn fat and calories, how to eat in a way that refuels my body, how to treat my body well so that it’s strong and effective – not just attractive and I gained confidence when exercising that I didn’t know was possible.  If not for Leah, I never would’ve signed up for a 5K, 10K or 15K. We’ve even discussed a triathlon in the Spring! The gym is no longer a place of shame, embarrassment and inadequacy – it’s a place of empowerment.  I cannot thank Leah enough for giving me the tools I need to keep pushing forward on this journey.

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So why is this our last session? Training is a valuable investment but it is an investment.  One that I unfortunately cannot afford on my current salary. (Mark my words- the second that salary changes for the better, I’ll be back.) Choosing not to purchase more sessions was even more terrifying than signing up in the first place. Having a partner, teacher, mentor to push me along is so helpful.  When I’m left to my own devices, it’s much more difficult to get to the gym at 6 AM… or at all.  But I must! This journey is not through and I have miles of progress left to make. Now, more than ever, it’s imperative that I build workouts into my schedule, not just when I have a few spare minutes.  Exercise can’t be a priority if it’s an afterthought.

It’s up to me now.  Yikes.  I let myself get away with murder.

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With that being said, I’m totally up for gym dates, running dates, hilarious experimental exercise classes (I’m looking at you, Gwen) or just the occasional word of encouragement.


tl;dr $hit just got real