I’ve been thinking about a post like this for a while, I had an idea for this & have been dwelling on it. I now think I have my list; the people who in one way or another drive me to be better, who show through their own achievements; that you can be greater than the sum of your parts.
My trainer. The man who has to put up with me talking & procrastinating when I should be lifting. Who watches me hand out protein treats to other trainers, because it’s rare I make gluten-free stuff. He’s seen me laugh, he’s seen me cry; he even trained me when I was covered in bruises from breaking my nose. He’s experienced his own fair share of trauma & heart ache. but is still really humble despite all this. His energy radiates & it’s really hard to not be sucked in to the enthusiasm he has. I swear at him & tell him he’s mean, but he pushes me to beyond what I thought my limits were & I wouldn’t be where I am now without his guidance (despite him telling me, it’s all down to me. It really isn’t)
My internet friend for a few years; Amy ended up in hospital a few years ago & it was during her stay that she decided to change her life & lose weight. She dropped a lot & began heavy lifting, she was the first woman I knew to lift heavy & seeing her transformation was inspiring! (I was still quite lazy at the time, but admired her dedication & her results speak for themselves)
I found Steff on Instagram after she’d liked one of my progress photos & her own personal training journey should be one that anyone who has ever wanted to get in to lifting should look at, she is just incredible to look at (I’m sorry if i sound like a perv, but hard bodies! hnnng!!) Just viewing one of her posts makes me want to go to the gym! It’s taken her a few years, but good things come to those who wait. Based on her Instagram she’s training to go to body building competitions & I’m genuinely intrigued to see her progression.
And lastly, but by no means; least. My Husband.
My beloved. My hero. He believed in me when I didn’t. He’s told me to train for years & I’d never bothered until last year. He’s helped me in more ways than I could ever imagine. He carried me when I was at my weakest, brought me back from despair & has encouraged every step of my training journey. He’s open & extremely blunt but will make time for anyone who wants advice or just someone to talk to. He’s creative & courageous; he endured painful physio after an injury that rendered his rugby playing days obsolete – pains that still live with him today. He’s the strongest person I know.