Thursday, September 24, 2009

Welcome to Certifiably Fit! An Introduction

Hello everyone! My name is Erica and I’m so glad you decided to visit Certifiably Fit. I’m in my early 30’s and currently live in Pennsylvania. I currently work for a University with student housing, which means I live on a college campus but I’m not a student…yeah kind of weird but honestly it’s a lot of fun most of the time.

I'm starting this blog for a couple of reasons. First, and for most, I have a dream of becoming a personal trainer and wanted to document my journey towards making that dream come true. Second, as I am approaching reaching the health goals I set for myself about 3 years ago, I am looking for strategies I can use in maintenance mode to keep myself accountable and felt a blog would be a helpful tool. The third reason is, hopefully, I can pay forward all that I was able to gain from reading other fitness/health/food blogs over the past few years.

Before I can go into my dream about being a personal trainer, I feel I need to give you some background when it comes to my health. I started to struggle with my weight towards the end of high school and by the time I had finished college I had added almost 80lbs to my frame. Over the next 6 years after college graduation, I kept adding weight and started to have some pretty debilitating health issues. Back in January 2007, I finally made the choice to break free from the body I had trapped myself in. At 5’4”, I weighed in at 248.5lbs which put me in the morbid obese category under BMI standards. I had a slew of health issues, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, severe heartburn, sleep apnea, etc. I had to push the shopping cart anytime I went to the store otherwise I wouldn’t be able to make it through the shopping trip. I couldn’t walk very far without extreme pain in my legs or becoming very out of breath. I had socially isolated myself and hated leaving my apartment, even for work. Emotionally motivated eating had become a way of life for me.

Fast forward to now, I’m currently 150lbs, which if you are good with math is very close to 100lbs lost. All the health problems I struggled with are gone. Long gone are the days of feeling trapped by my own physical body and the health issues I had before. I have found passion for cycling, strength training, and nutrition. I finally feel like I’m living the life I was missing out for so long on.

So how did I do it? Short answer is I taught myself how to eat healthy, how to overcome my emotional road blocks, and finally got off my butt and started incorporating exercise into my life. Simple right? Ha Ha no! As with all journeys there have been many twists and turns. If it was simple everyone would be healthy and no one would struggle with keeping their health in good standing. As you continue to read my blog, I will go into detail of what changes I made, what I have learned and continue to learn, and what things about my past I feel contributed to my weight gain. I will share this though; it did not include surgery, restrictive “diets”, diet pills, or “quick” fixes.

Ok so now onto my dream of being a personal trainer. As I have traveled on my journey to better health, I have seen how my transformation has been influencing others around me. There have been several people who have approached me to learn my “secret” (FYI: there is no secret). There isn’t a week that passes where someone doesn’t ask me some health/fitness/nutrition question. Maybe to some people this would be annoying, but strangely I love it! Upon discovering how much I love it, I realized that I could totally see myself doing it as my job. I made this realization around the time I had lost about 50lbs but made a deal with myself that I would wait until I was close to 145lbs (my original weight related goal) before I started to pursue it. I made that choice because I wanted to make sure that the changes in my lifestyle were more ingrained and pretty automatic. Once I hit 150lbs, I ordered the study materials and I am now currently studying to take the Personal Training Certification through the American Council of Exercise. My hope is that once I am certified I can begin working with others and hopefully get to the point that Personal Training is my full time career.

So there you have it people my purpose for being here and a condensed version of my journey to better health. Thanks for visiting! Feel free to comment or contact me if you have questions.

Quote of the Day:

"You will never win if you never begin." ~ Helen Rowland


  1. Yeah I'm the FIRST!! I love your story, and look forward to following you on your path to staying healthy and fit. Congrats for all you have done and the accomplishments you've made!

  2. Thanks for reading Gina. I have been following your blog for a while now and have really enjoyed your points of view. I look forward to your comments in the future. Have a great evening!