MY PERSONAL WORKOUT JOURNEY… what a ride it has been! So I wanted to share this post today because it is important to note that even when we are in our most scheduled workout routines, there were times when we weren’t. To preface the entire thing I wanted to kick it back to the beginning. My parents! Both of my parents were college athletes – amazing right?! My dad played college baseball and football and my mom played college tennis. My sisters and I were both thankfully gifted with some of their athletic genes. I didn’t really know which genes until I was in the 4th grade. We had to run the mile in gym class (I think everyone in the country had to do this?) and after I finished the teacher told me my time was fast enough to get on the *all time best female mile times* board! I WAS SHOCKED. Mainly because I was so young and all I did was run around the big parking lot three times, I didn’t really understand the concept of a “mile time.” After telling my parents they encouraged me to try out for different soccer teams, and from there my love of running began!
When I got to middle school, I joined the cross country and track teams and really started working at it. I remember in 7th grade I was running a 5:45 mile and was becoming a big prospect to the high school coaches. However at that time I still saw running as fun and wasn’t really prepared for the competitiveness of the Indiana high school level. When I started running at the high school level, was when my love of it all began to go away. It was extremely competitive, tough, and I was running on a relay team that was ranked top 5 in the state. I wouldn’t take away any of those memories and the friendships I made through those days but the love of the endorphins and adrenaline definitely faded. When my junior year ended I was clocking around a 5:20 mile (the fastest I have ever done it in) and our relay team had just placed 3rd at state – I was so thrilled but knew that when my senior year came about I was ready to call it quits. I was burned out, preparing for college and wanted to enjoy my last few months of high school! I actually became the costume designer and stylist for our high school play instead (I think my coaches wanted to murder me for that) but I knew that my future was in the fashion industry and not track & field and that moment was really where my love of the industry began! So yes – maybe I was onto something!!
Fast forward to college and I did not TOUCH a gym from my freshman to junior year lol. I was not interested, it did not intrigue me and I thought I had better things to do. It just wasn’t on my high list of priorities at the time, especially coming out of high school where it controlled my life. My second semester of my junior year I decided to study abroad in Italy and when I came back to the US, I was about 15-20lbs heavier. Oops. Pizza, pasta, gelato, carbs > gym. So when I moved to NYC after studying abroad for my summer internship at Macy’s I knew I needed to lose a few pounds. Looking back I definitely did not get back into the gym for the right reasons, it was all superficial and hardly any of it was because I “wanted to feel better”. I wanted to look better going into my senior year of college and looking back I wish I could have changed that mantra but at the end of the day at least it got me to lead a healthier lifestyle.
SHOP MY WORKOUT GEAR
When I started my final year of college in the fall I was only taking 12 credit hours and had extra time on my hands. I talked to my friend Julie about her workout routine (she is FIT) and she told me about this magical thing called “CLASSES.” I never knew, truthfully, that workout classes existed. Especially in Bloomington, Indiana. So I got a membership to the local yoga studio that also taught sculpting classes and my addiction started up again! I loved the idea of someone teaching us, and telling us what to do rather than getting distracted in a college gym. I was feeling better and honestly looking my best. I was super proud of myself and even when I graduated, through the last summer at home prior to moving to nyc, I was keeping up a routine.
Then… I moved to New York City to begin the adult chapter of my life and chaos set in again. The first year of Kelly and I both living here was hectic. The blog really started to take off that year (2015) and we were insanely busy between that, our full time jobs and making friends. Working out went away again. For about 1.5 years I didn’t revisit a gym, or try living a healthier lifestyle, I was just so consumed by finding my pace here. As well as trying all of the amazing food – sue me lol.
It wasn’t until I started to develop anxiety, which I had never felt before, that I knew I needed to make a change. I was juggling too much and stressed out way too often. I signed up for Classpass (lifesaver here in NYC) and started finding classes that I felt mentally stronger after. Once I made that change, so much of my anxiety started to subside. I wasn’t having panic attacks anymore, I was balancing my time better because I had more natural energy and I wasn’t going out as much (which also happens as you get older).
Fast forward to now and I have truly found my pace! I discovered a gym that I love (Equinox) and a workout studio that I can’t get enough of – Mile High Run Club! I am signing up for different 5k’s around NYC which motivate me more than anything. It keeps me in the gym, training, and motivated to keep beating my previous times. I am currently running a 22:40 5k time, with 7:20 mile split times, working to get down to the 21min range! I am just so forever thankful to Mile High Run Club for working with me this past month on finding my motivation again and helping me get my time back down to the range I want it at. If you are a New Yorker and looking for a studio that truly motivates you, I cannot recommend Mile High enough! Please DM me if you have any questions at all!
FINAL THOUGHTS: Even if you are going through a workout rut currently, do not get down on yourself! You will find your pace again. You just have to discover what motivates you. For me it was discovering the right class as well as signing up for races and getting the chance to be competitive again in a less stressful environment. Finding that small thing will be such a game changer for you. Keep pushing yourself and even talk to your boss if time is a thing. I did that and was able to rearrange my schedule on certain days in order to get to the gym on time. Lastly – believe in yourself. We are all capable of so much!!