Why do I go to the gym? I have been told, “Natalie, you are skinny, you don’t need to work out!” When I was younger, I didn’t think I needed to work out or eat healthy. I never took my health seriously until my mom was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer at the age of 50. Watching her go through treatments off and on for 10 years was not only devastating to me and my family but it also had a huge impact on me. It was a take-your-health-seriously wakeup call! I knew that I needed to take better care of myself and my family. I learned I needed to eliminate toxins, eat healthy, move my body and be around inspiring people that motivate me to be a better person.
Amy not only pushes us in class, but has a creative and fun way of doing so. I wish I had a pen and paper to remember all her words of inspiration. Here are some of my faves…
“Why did you come here today?”
“Where do you want to be in life and what are you
going to do to get there?”
“Don’t quit because it is hard. Finish because you want it.”
“Who’s with me?”
"You came here to change, what are you gonna do to make that change?"
Working out is such a wonderful release of toxins. I love kicking and punching out the negativity in life. She says, that we should think of the things that frustrate us and get rid of them. I think of punching out cancer, illness, ignorance, hatred, selfishness and sadness. It feels SO GOOD to get out those frustrations! After class I think of the positive changes that I need to continue to make in my own life. We are all a work in progress and need to constantly surround ourselves with those who push, motivate and drive us to be better versions of ourselves.
I feel that we are lead to those who help us most to grow. When Amy says these positive things in class, I immediately relate to life.
This makes me think that I should never quit pursuing my dreams, goals and aspirations!
Amy says and sometimes sings, “Anything is Possible.”
This encourages me to be my personal best, keep trying and knowing that I can make anything possible. Not just in my health goals, but in life!
Amy says, “How do you Feel?”
Well, in class I am a sweaty mess, but I feel AMAZING! My heart is pounding, my lungs are happy and my blood is pumping. How does it make me feel emotionally? Invigorated, empowered and unstoppable. And you know what? IT’S FUN!
Amy says, “Trust the Process.”
In class we must trust that getting healthy and staying fit is a process. But a good quality life is also a process. We are on a constant path of self development. Bad things happen to us and good things do too. We get to choose how we react to those things. I feel it’s all happening for a reason and that we have all been put on a path to grow and learn. We just have to trust the process.
One of my favorite things Amy said in class is, “A winner never quits and a quitter never wins.” My mom would say this to me all the time. Coincidence? I don’t think so.