(…and a little bit of motivational talk in true PT style)
Coming back from travelling at the beginning of March this year, I had no idea how the next few months would pan out. I knew I was competing in April and I knew I needed a job ASAP. After sending out what seemed like 100s of applications and having been well and truly ignored by almost every single one, I had to come up with a plan B. My life consisted of eating and going to the gym, and whilst these are one of my two favourite things in life, it was getting pretty frustrating day after day. So I spoke to a few people at my gym about becoming a PT and after flip flopping about whether it would be for the right job for me, if I was wasting my degree, if I’d be any good (etc, etc) I enrolled on an intensive course to get me my Level 3 qualification. I wasn’t sure if I’d end up using it right away, but it was something to do rather than sitting at home refreshing my non existent emails eh?
From my first day on the course I knew I had made the right choice. I had a competition in two weeks and with all my training/cardio/eating I knew it would be tough, but it was going to be worth it. I met a fabulous bunch of like – minded people and I was finding my way into an industry I absolutely love. I also went onto to compete two weekends in a row and secure myself a spot in the UKBFF British Finals, so all in all it was a successful few weeks.
And then it started to go a bit tits up. In my last week of the course I had an interview for a previous non-fitness job I had applied for. I didn’t get the job. Despite how upset I was, a big part of me was relieved that I would definitely be going to be using my new personal training skills. But then I had another set back – I didn’t even get the personal training job I had been banking on and I felt right back at square one.
After wallowing in this reality for a couple of days, I set myself the task of getting a personal training job within two weeks. I headed into London for what I’d heard was the best Fitness First – and potentially one of the best gyms in the whole of the city. I tried to demonstrate why I was so passionate about health and fitness and why I thought I would be a good PT for them, as well as bringing in my business plan that I had been working on. A few hours later I walked out as a newly recruited self-employed Personal Trainer at Fitness First.
Whilst I am understandably slightly TERRIFIED of running my own business at the moment, and I know the next few months are going to be extremely tough, I am really happy with how everything has turned out. It’s exciting and it’s a new start for me, doing a job I know I’m going to love and completely for myself.
I want to use this quick summary of my hectic last couple of weeks as an example to you guys that the road to where you want to be is ALWAYS full of bumps and when you feel like throwing in the towel – don’t! This is usually the point at which the best things happen.
This can be applied to lots of obstacles in life, but particularly in a weight loss journey. I’ve had huge ups and downs with my own weight loss along the way, countless struggles, set backs, and times where I’ve looked at myself in the mirror with utter unhappiness and thought I could never make it better again. But now look where I am – I am getting up on stage and competing in bikini competitions, which was always a dream of mine, not caring what other people might think of it. I’m happy with my body and feel it shows some of the hard work and struggles has paid off. I still feel like there is a long way to go and I know I will have loads more ups and downs with it all – the road is never linear.
So if any of guys out there have hit a bit of a wall with weight loss, feel like giving up, maybe nothing’s happening and it feels all a bit pointless – don’t stop now! Chances are your just around the corner from a big breakthrough, and then you’ll feel even more proud of yourself for powering through it.
I hope if you are reading this it will motivate you to stick at it and remember things WILL always work out. I have to really force myself to remember this sometimes!
Lots of Love,