Back in high school I was never the athletic type. The most I did was dance. I was still a chubby kid growing up and always envied skinny girls with belly shirts. Sports and physical activity wasn’t a part of my daily life. I remember in my high school years my pants size kept on increasing and I hated myself for that. I knew it was my fault but didn’t know what to do about it. I had friends that were lighter than me and much smaller than me and didn’t understand why I couldn’t be just like them.
On my 21st birthday, everyone noticed my weight loss. I remember one day specifically when I got on the scale and did not like the number. I knew then I had to make a change. I had some relatives who taught me some things about health and nutrition. I also had an aunt who was into exercise and I decided to work out with her. However, it took me years before I made this a routine to have a healthy lifestyle. It all started at the age of 20. A year later, on my 21st birthday, I felt like a queen they way everyone came up to me about how good I looked. I never imagined I would be praised for my weight loss. Ever since then I continued with this fitness journey.
Years down the line I noticed how motivating and inspiring I was to others. It made me proud that people used my weight loss success as an inspiration for themselves. This was not something I intended when I began my fitness journey. Later, I decided to make it my goal to help others love themselves and motivate them to have healthier and happier lives. I got my personal training certification and started my career as a Fitness Coach. And, I have loved every minute of it.
Being a personal trainer can take a toll. People look at you as a leader and there is no room for “slip ups”. Because of the pressure of people looking up to you for guidance and motivation, I lost control at one point in my life. I became bulimic and a closet eater. I would stuff my face and vomit. I felt like I had to be the best trainer, strong in front of people, and look a certain way and because of that it became overwhelming.
I’ve gone through some tough times, but overtime and with a lot of prayer and meditation I got through it. I realized that with my accomplishments and power to move on from the tough times, I knew I can help others achieve their goals; not just in weight but with daily lifestyle changes. I started my own fitness business KeepFit by Keisha on November 2016. Soon after, I was accepted to be a part of a Best Seller book “Mastering the Art of Success” with 47 Times Best Seller Jack Canfield. Being a part of this journey, I am able to share my story and help people.
My future goals are to continue to spread the word about KeepFit by Keisha and continue to reach out and touch men and women who can relate to my story in hopes of changing their lives to a better and happier one.