I got started becauseI wanted to completely change unhealthy habits that I had formed and to become stronger, both physically and mentally. We never made this about the number on the scale or measured any inches. I’ve lost two dress sizes and I’m noticeably stronger to everyone that I come in contact with now. I’m more confident now. I stand up straighter and taller. I used to be so scared to go to the gym, and now I crave it: my body lets me know when I’ve been stagnant for too long, and then I go lift some heavy metal! Not to sound like Nike here, but “Just Do It”. You will be pushed, and you may even curse…. but that’s okay. “All you’ve got to do is show up” (in Brad’s voice). If I could go back in time, I would’ve started years ago, and I honestly probably could have avoided shoulder surgery.