As trainers we get the opportunity to help wonderful people on their journey through life. Khristen and Carissa rarely refer to it as a fitness journey, simply because fitness is only one aspect of the big picture. Pilates and Yoga are referred to as a mind body exercise because so much mental and emotional experience are tied into the physical. Overtime, it becomes more than just an hour fitness class but a way of life. It's a blessing that our Twisted Sisters and Brothers trust us and honor us with the experience of witnessing the growth in your lives. The journey is abundant with love, respect, and wonder from the moment you walk through the door and that doesn't come from the pink walls…that comes from the wonderful souls that show up to class each day with a smile….that comes from all of you. Our favorite part of seeing your progress is watching you share the journey with the world. Thank Marti for sharing!
Changing Body & Mind
Even as a teenager, I was never the smallest girl in the room. Through my 20s, I struggled with my health and my weight. I was diagnosed with endometriosis, and between Depot shots, birth control, Lupron shots, and 4 surgeries, I gained more than 60 pounds. Four years ago, I got serious about losing weight, and I lost 30 pounds. Then I started grad school in 2012. Two summers of nothing but sitting in class for 8 hours a day, and I gained it all back! In an effort to get more active, I decided to have a breast reduction in August 2013, because a 40G was just way too big! The surgery was one of my best decisions, but with less on top, the size of my waist was much more noticeable.
In September 2013, Carissa sent me an invite through Facebook to their Twisted for TaTas Health Fair. We had just moved to Denton, so I decided to go check it out. Carissa and I went to high school together, and I wanted to show my support. We talked for a bit, and Carissa showed me the studio. I knew I needed to do something about my weight, but I was just too busy. I graduated with my Masters in May 2014, and I was out of excuses.
I finally had a true summer break with nothing to do, so I called Carissa and signed up for my first Essential Reformer class in June 2014. My first class was a little overwhelming, but Carissa is a great teacher. I paid for the month and started signing up for classes. I felt uncoordinated, frustrated, and fat being in classes with women who were thinner, former dancers, and runners. Carissa assured me she could see progress happening with every class I took. I mostly stuck to the reformer classes, and I fought with the soreness after every class. A few weeks in, Carissa talked me into trying her Barre class. I made it through about 40 minutes of class, and had trouble walking for the next 4 days. Needless to say, I stayed away from Barre class for awhile!
After a couple of months, I started taking yoga and Pilates mat classes. I was slowly getting stronger, but sometimes the frustration would creep in because I was not losing any weight. Luckily I had taken a picture when I first started, and a few weeks in I took measurements of my waist, hips, thighs and arms. I wasn’t losing weight, but I was losing inches. I talked to Carissa about it, and she suggested I take some cardio classes. I was still a little scared of taking Barre, so I decided to try the new Pound classes. It wasn’t easy. During one class, I started crying and couldn’t stop. I was frustrated because I couldn’t make my body do what I wanted it to do, and I still didn’t like the image I saw in the mirror.
Carissa, Khristen, and Meredith are more than instructors. They are supporters, cheerleaders, and friends. Twisted Bodies is more than just a place to workout. It is a family with a cause, fighting with you to “train bodies intelligently.” I feel comfortable in essential classes now, and last month I started taking intermediate level classes. There are still times that I struggle, but now I know how to accept that I just can’t do it “yet.” I listen to and honor what is best for my body. I am happy with what I see in the mirror because I know I am making progress.
My body is not the only thing that is changing. My mind has struggled to accept change, and to accept that I can reach the goals I have for myself. I have lost 10 of the 30 pound goal I have set for myself. I push myself to try new things, to try things I previously thought impossible. Once I reach my weight goal, I plan to start taking aerial fitness classes. Everyone has a story to tell, a road they are traveling to be the best version of themselves. I am honored to have the opportunity to share a little bit of my story here, and excited for the next chapter.
Keep calm and stay twisted!