Although I’ve been active for most of my life and a certified personal trainer since the age of 22, I didn’t always have the body to show for all of the hard work I was putting into the gym. So, shortly after my 30th birthday, I felt a calling to make some significant changes to how I was living my life.
After quitting my job to follow my husband to the United States to pursue his career, I noticed I started to gain weight. This made me feel unhappy, heavy, anxious and uncomfortable in my own skin.
I developed severe acid reflux and pain in my joints as a result of my unhealthy lifestyle. Needless to say, I knew I had to do something about it. So I hired a personal trainer to help me get back on track. Maggie changed my life. Within a matter of weeks, she taught me what to eat, how to workout effectively and how to eliminate sugar from my diet — completely!
To keep myself accountable, I set an outrageous goal to enter a fitness competition. I desperately wanted to see my abs — or at the least — find out if it was possible.
In this moment, I decided I was not destined to be overweight or bound by poor genetics. Now I was in control.
This was the pivotal moment that changed my entire life.
Once I let go of the limiting beliefs and stories I kept telling myself about why I couldn’t be happy, healthy or fit, everything changed. I lost weight with ease and started to transform my body. This was the beginning of my journey to self- discovery.
“I finally let go of the limiting beliefs that were holding me back from being my best self”
When I changed my mindset and flipped the negative self-talk into positive affirmations, every aspect of my life began to change. Instead of focusing on what I didn’t like about myself, I started to focus on what I loved. I told myself I was strong, beautiful, worthy and capable every single day.
But the growth didn’t stop there. The magic happened once I realized I didn’t require validation from anyone else but myself. When you love yourself unconditionally, you will do the things that move you closer to the best version of yourself. You eat healthy by choice and exercise because of how it makes you feel. You no longer sabotage your goals or rely on willpower to achieve results. The shift happens when you decide to let go of your former self in exchange for becoming your best self.
In case you’re curious, yes — I did step on stage! In fact, I’ve competed over 15 times over the past 8 years, earning a Pro Card along the way. I’ve been featured in a fitness magazine and I continue to help women transform their bodies by shifting their mindset and letting go of the old stories that no longer serve them.
Are you ready to step into your potential and finally achieve the health and happiness you deserve? I can’t wait to meet you!
Laura Jackson is a Can Fit Pro Personal Trainer Specialist, A Level 1 Precision Nutrition Coach and a Culinary Nutrition Expert. She also holds an IDFA Pro Card in the Figure division.