I have not always been involved in sporting activities or had a gym membership. I have been significantly out of shape a few times throughout my life, but I always get to a point where I make a commitment to get in shape. At the age of 30 I returned to playing soccer, first in a woman's outdoor league and then in a co-ed indoor league. After a few years I took a couple of years off playing soccer, got married and had my first child. Six months later I was back on the soccer field until I was pregnant with my second child. Again, six months later I was back playing and I am currently playing in a woman's soccer league. I also love my gym membership!
Having children, especially in my thirties, resulted in some pretty significant physical changes. I was pretty sure I would not be able to recover the shape or form of my body I enjoyed prior to childbirth (x2). However, after making a commitment to myself to lose weight in a healthy way and rebuild my physical fitness level, I recently reached my weight and fitness goals and I am feeling great!
My field of education and employment experience is in social work. I have temporarily left my professional career to take the opportunity to care for, nurture, and teach my two small children. In my professional career and in my church service callings I have always most enjoyed the opportunities I had to teach groups. Five months ago I decided I would combine my love of fitness, teaching, and helping others and pursue certification as a group fitness instructor. After much hard work and preparation and an entire day of training and testing, I received this in the mail yesterday:
I am now officially certified as a group fitness instructor.