CHANGE YOUR LIFE PERSONAL TRAINING
with Tiffany Saul
Hello everyone! This page is dedicated to show that even as a personal trainer, I have had my up and downs with my weight. I am human after all. I’ve also fallen victim to the excuses, laziness, busy schedule and even worse, two serious injuries within the past 2 years ( Jan. 2012-Dec. 2013). I also wanted to show that you don't have to be a fitness model or have rock hard abs to be fit. I'm here to show that there are a variety of fit body types other than what is portrayed in fitness magazines that has most people wanting to give up before they even start. I know how that feels too!
So here is my story. It all started with my husband (fiancé at the time) coming home from Afghanistan 4 months before our wedding. He wanted to be lazy and eat everything he had missed for the last year. Since I hadn't seen him in a year I thought, “ME TOO!!” I wanted to make up for all the time I felt I'd missed in a short amount of time. I quickly put on weight and my hormones were so out of whack (because of birth control) that I was mimicking menopause. So by mid February I had increased in size greatly. At this time I hadn't stepped on a scale, but if many of you who knew me before, I am normally a size B cup and I was close to a DD. I FREAKED! I again changed birth control and got to work. Well, I didn't lose as much as I wanted by my wedding, but I have pictures below as a timeline to show you. Summer came and I took up kickboxing 3 days a week and really developed a love for it. I was making great progress! I still had a small problem my birth control pills. They got increased by accident and my hormone levels spiked, so my progress was slow. September came and I wanted to start running 5Ks. So along with kickboxing 3x a week at Weapons at Hand & weight lifting 3x a week, I began adding running distance in my routine. Cardio has never been a problem of mine. Running long distances OUTSIDE has been! Three weeks into my new regimen, my old shoulder injury came flaring up and then I also tore my solus (small internal calf muscle). When I went to the doctor for diagnosis, I was put on complete rest and no exercise until I had no pain walking from my calf. I also received cortisone shot in my right shoulder. For me as an active person and most of all a trainer, this was devastating and I became depressed. My hormones not being right didn't help the issue. Finally in November I got on a birth control that kept me and my hormones "normal". I am telling you guys this because if your hormones aren't "normal," you won't lose weight. Or if you do progress, it’s going to be very slow. I want you to know that I have been there and lived it. It isn't easy!!
January 1st, 2013 came and I decided to hit the ground "running" full force! I signed up for a 5k, the Color Me Rad Run. I immersed myself in kickboxing and running. I began slowly lifting weights again to help with the toning and recovery of my solus and anterior deltoid. It hasn't been an easy ride. In May I had my wisdom teeth removed and I spent that entire month very sick. Once the end of June arrived, I decided I wanted a different type of working out and push. So I asked for MMA one on one personal training sessions with my Kickboxing coaches, Rudy and Smash. I have loved it since. I am still getting results and pushing toward my hopeful goal of possibly fighting. Being a personal trainer I push, coach, guide and help people all day long. I realized that I had quit pushing and helping myself. I wanted to let you guys (anyone and possible future clients) know that I have been where you are. I know how it feels mentally and emotionally. I know how it feels not to fit into ANY of your cloths anymore. I realized I needed the push and accountability as much as my clients did. I'm not perfect. Now I’m happier, faster and healthier than I have been in 2 years. I now fit into clothes that I haven't touched since 2009. So far, I know that I've lost 20-25 lbs. I wish I had taken my body fat and inches measurements. I rewarded myself of my progress with a photo shoot in July 2013 from a wonderful friend of mine, Samantha Buttler. I love the pictures so much that now I have them on my website’s home page! I'm proof that CHANGING YOUR LIFE is worth it!!