The summer of 2008 was a moment in my life where I really hit rock bottom, being overweight and depressed, I was 20 and living with my parents. Not really sure what to do with my life and had done nothing with my life, I really felt like I had no purpose. This really took a toll as I became very depressed, had no confidence in myself or self esteem, I also had no friends and no real reason to wake up in the morning.
It’s not about the destination; it’s about the journey. My journey toward better physical and mental fitness has never been about aesthetics; it has always been about accomplishing more and constantly challenging to better myself and the world around me.
Since that first step I took, my life has changed exponentially. Not only did my experience at the Gay Games help shape who I am as an athlete but I also started to find my passion and purpose within the community. Finally finishing college with a degree in Exercise Science that I am proud to have and use, I stepped forward in reaching out to my community in helping those around me see that there is more to the world. My experience at the Gay Games and challenges toward becoming an Olympian has helped me in working toward uniting the LGBT community through exercise, fitness and sport. The experience and steps I’ve taken to better myself and the world around me has done so much to improve my quality of life that I want to help inspire others to take such steps for themselves. I am not just a personal trainer; I call myself an exercise professional because I do more than just train people. I am working to change how our community views exercise and fitness, to help other people see that there is so much opportunity and potential from within that in essence; we can all be an Olympian. To truly find our purpose and be apart of something greater than ourselves.
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