Running changed my life.

I grew up shy. I was timid. I was insecure. I had no confidence. My self-esteem was nonexistent.

I went to a Catholic elementary school. I was quiet. I was socially awkward.

My parents divorced.

I transitioned to a public middle school. I went through a weird stage. I had pimples on my face. I was scared of my own shadow.

I was chubby. My family owned a grocery store. I ate and drank everything I wanted.

This was me. This was my life.

Then came my sophomore year of high school. I was 16 years old.

I was fed up. I was tired. I was frustrated. I was sick of the life I was living. I craved change. I wanted something better. I wanted something more.

I started running. I started doing push-ups and ab exercises daily. I starting lifting weights.

My body transformed. My confidence skyrocketed through the roof. My self-esteem and self-worth exploded. I became addicted and obsessed with exercising because of the way it made me feel inside. I felt something I’d never felt before.

I’ll never forget my sophomore year of high school. Sweet 16. That was a life-changing year. That year was my big coming out party. That year changed my life.

Fitness changed me. Fitness changed the trajectory of my life. This is the reason fitness remains a huge part of my life. It all started with a run.

If you’re insecure and lacking self-confidence, give fitness a shot. If you want to feel better, give fitness a go. Fitness can do for you what it did for me.

I know how good moving makes me feel. I want you to experience the same feeling.

Moving changed my life. It can change yours.

We can become more comfortable in our own skin. We can build self-confidence and secure our insecurities.