Right after I had my daughter, I was determined to get the body back I had pre-pregnancy so I did the only thing I knew how to do, which was run and do some callisthenic exercises I had acquired from Army physical training.
In the months following, I met a friend while on duty who was pretty well-rounded when it came to bodybuilding. We started going to the gym together; however, as we walked through the doors, we went our separate ways- he hit the weight room while I decided to continue on being a cardio bunny. Yes, the cardio and light exercises helped me to progressively shed the baby weight, but then I just felt thin and quite honestly, bored of the same treadmill routine every passing day.
It wasn’t until I saw Jamie Eason on bodybuilding.com when I became inspired and intrigued by the fitness world. I remember telling my friend, “Oh my gosh, I want a body like that! “Well, you are not going to get it with you being on the treadmill all the time,” he replied. I knew he was right. I wanted something more challenging for myself; I wanted to transform and embark on something I’d never done. I desired to live my life with passion for something; I wanted to feel empowered, live a long healthy life. I wanted to be an example of willpower to my daughter, and something worth telling my grandkids about. I felt drawn in and so excited; I knew this journey was meant to be so I decided to run with it and gave it my all.
I began to immerse myself in research. I was intrigued by this newly found lifestyle and the more knowledge I acquired, the more motivated and determined I grew. I began to eliminate the bad things out of my diet like bread, sugars, alcohol, fast food, etc. then I started following Jamie Eason’s meal plan. Instead of spending time on the treadmill, I decided to head for the weights with my friend in where he opened my eyes to the benefits of lifting heavy. I soon discovered that the cleaner I ate and the more intense I trained, the better my progress came. I discovered a journey that changed my life and I soon became hooked on this lifestyle.