For awhile, I have been contemplating on when would be the perfect time to start this writing series that I have been wanting to create for the longest, but it’s been hard lately trying to find the time while focusing on college and myself. Now that I’ve found the time, I absolutely had no idea how to start this series off until some amazing women gave me some ideas to start off my first story about myself and my fitness journey in order to relate better to individuals that are involved with fitness or want to start the journey of living a healthy lifestyle. So, here we go!
My name is Alex Lee, I’m 20 years old, and I started my fitness journey in June of 2019. I was introduced to fitness at a very young age through doing yoga with my aunt and working out with my grandmother to exercise tapes from the 80s and 90s. Of course I never stuck with it, but I didn’t start getting back into until I was 15 and running track in high school during my freshman year. That’s when I really fell in love with getting body in shape, but unfortunately, I never stayed with it. Throughout the years, I would start working out and then when I would get to the fourth month of my fitness journey, I would just give up due to being lazy, too exhausted, or couldn’t manage time for it; but the main reason why I wanted to try again was because this past summer, I ran across a social media influencer by the name of Nastassia Ponomarenko. I started watching her YouTube videos on fitness and she really just pushed and motivated me in a way to get up and try again the more I continued to watch her. Plus, I get stressed out very easily and in high school, I found out real quick that working out helped lower my stress levels tremendously. With me fixing to start college at the time, I knew I had to start working out because if not, I was probably going to have a nervous breakdown because of all the stress caving in and luckily that hasn’t happened yet.
If you follow my Instagram, I’m pretty sure that it’s very obvious that I’m into bodybuilding. I’ve never been a plus size babe, I’ve always had a small figure due to the fact that I have a very fast metabolism, which makes it difficult for me to gain weight. In my teenage years, my weight has always been somewhere between 115 to 120 pounds, but after track season during my sophomore year, my weight went up to 128 pounds; so therefore, I knew I found a way that I could get my body bigger without having to eat a ton of food (which, don’t get me wrong, you need food in order to grow muscles as well). As I stated earlier, I use to give up during the fourth mark of my journey but now, I’m currently working on my fifth month and so far it really hasn’t been that difficult for me because I know that it takes time, patience, and consistency, plus one of my small goals is to make it to at least six months. So that is basically been pushing me a lot to keep going. Some days can be a challenge for me to workout due to the fact that I’m dealing with depression at the moment and with depression, you just want to lay in bed all day and you have no motivation, but I have been learning self discipline so sometimes I just have to force myself more compared to other days.
When it comes to motivation, I look up to other bodybuilders and fitness models that have been working out for years. Their social media pages are just so positive and uplifting to the point where they give me the encouragement to not give up. If you’re into fitness and your looking for inspiration or motivation, I highly recommend watching Nastassia Ponomarenko’s YouTube channel. She is really inspirational and an amazing role model for anyone to look up to, especially for young women, and she’s only like a year younger than me. It’s very impressive for someone very young like her to talk about self worth and what really matters in life, so when you get done reading this, go check out her Instagram. She also has her own workout guides, apparel, and meal plans. I’ve tried some of her workout plans and I highly recommend to try those as well because you definitely will see results completing the guides. Another thing I use for motivation is this fitness quote that I came across a while ago on Facebook that says, “Once you see results, it becomes an addiction.” And that is very accurate considering that seeing my results just makes me so excited, accomplished, and gives me even more motivation to keep going.
Doing fitness is not easy at all. I do have my struggles especially with eating right. I’ve been doing a lot of researching on meals plans and how to create one for me, which is one of the most challenging things for me, but I have a learned a lot on what foods I need to eat in order to grow my muscles. Another thing I’m struggling with is to drink more water. I am a big time caffeine addict so it’s very tough for me to go without a Coke or Dr. Pepper, but I’m slowly developing a plan in order for me to wean myself off of the caffeine, which is also kind of one of my small fitness goals. Eventually, I do want to talk to talk about how to do that because it has a lot of negative affects on your body in which I’m currently dealing with some problems because of it. So, hopefully soon, I will accomplish that goal as well.
When it comes to bodybuilding, I don’t ever see myself in the future competing at a bodybuilder show, however, I do wanna get a certificate in being a personal fitness trainer. Since I was 17, I’ve always wanted to do something with fitness and I feel like being a personal fitness trainer is one of the best ways for me to go; however, I do not want to do it for the rest of my life. Don’t get me wrong, I do love fitness but I just don’t see myself working as a personal trainer for the rest of my life. Since, we’re at the end of my first post, I just wanna apologize in advance if this is all over the place. At the moment, I’m just freestyle writing because I am in college, I’m dealing with midterms right now, and I don’t really have time to create a rough draft, so just please bare with me in the meantime. I also want to say a quick thank you to my followers on Instagram that give me the encouragement to keep going. Ya’lls sweet comments mean a lot and definitely help me more than anyone can imagine. I hope everyone enjoyed reading a little background about me, I will be trying to update this series at least once a week, but I can’t hold any promises. Again, I hope ya’ll enjoyed and stay blessed!