I started taking gymnastic lessons when I was three years old, and I absolutely loved it.
I was naturally flexible with good balance, and so it was the perfect sport for me.
I excelled at the floor exercise and beam and spent endless amounts of time at the gym. Throughout middle school and high school, I was part of a team and competed all over the northeastern part of the country. I continued competitive gymnastics throughout my college years as well. This sport involves all of the different muscle groups, requiring a great deal of strength and stamina. Although I was always conscientious about following a nutritious meal plan, I never worried about what I ate. I trained at such intensity for so many hours per day that I never had a problem with gaining weight. However, after I graduated college and entered the workforce, I no longer had the time to devote to my gymnastic training. For several years, I neglected my physical fitness. I was trying to get established in my career and pay off student loans. I was working long hours, and didn’t make workouts a priority. I gained weight and became very unhappy with how I looked and felt. I realized that I needed to go back to my gymnastic-style workouts. Even if I no longer compete, I still work on my skills nearly every day. I get up early in the morning to allow for an hour workout. Performing handstands, walk-overs, back handsprings, aerial cartwheels, back tucks and extension rolls is an extremely demanding session. At the end of the workout, I’m always physically exhausted, breathing hard and dripping sweat. But I now feel good about myself again.