The Fitness Instructor
My future is spinning in a direction I never realized was possible until I started living my South Beach Lifestyle. Imagine me as a Fitness Instructor.
At 274 pounds, I couldn’t even walk a mile. Those first steps were painful both emotionally and physically, but I would not fail. My simple 8 miles the first week turned into 32 miles by week six. This was the start of my incredible journey.
One day along my journey I woke up and announced, “I’m an athlete.” The transition from couch potato to athlete was complete. I set a goal to do a triathlon the summer of 2012. I was able to complete an Aqua bike (swim & bike only). Not only did I finish the race, but I came in third place for women over 40. In 2013 my goal is to run a full sprint triathlon.
Now, in the second year of my journey, I envision myself as a fitness instructor. I am currently registered for a group fitness certification. I am still amazed how others saw me as a trainer before I saw myself as one. Several people told me I would make an amazing fitness instructor. With their support, I am going to make this dream a reality in just a few weeks.
Those first painful steps of my journey have now turned into happy feet as I lead a spin group at a local gym. The gym was looking for someone to lead the class, so why not me? I pulled together a great playlist and a workout that was fun for me. My nervousness from teaching my first class fell away as, week by week, more and more students started taking my class. Students now know that if they want to spin with Miss Barb, they need to arrive early. The energy that I share with my students motivates me to continue my dream of being a certified fitness instructor.
As in leading the spin class, I am also motivated by my lead role on the South Beach message boards. In the queries and comments of new members, I’m reminded of my old self. In the hopes and anticipations of others, I am reminded of my future goals. I have found my voice on the message boards, a voice that remained silent for too many years. Now I want to use that voice to encourage others as I work with them one-on-one to improve their fitness. I want to use that voice to achieve my ultimate goal of being a personal trainer. I now have a voice that will never be silent again.
When I started my fitness journey I was 48 years old. Now I am 50 years young. The transition from couch potato, to athlete, to personal trainer is nearly complete. I have spun my way into a new world; into a new me. My future includes helping others spin their dreams into reality. Imagine me as a fitness instructor!