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reFORM School Summer Session 2013- Guest Post from Laura

Considering it can take 30 years to pay off a mortgage, 30+ years of working to reach retirement, and 16+ years of schooling to graduate with a bachelor’s degree, it is somewhat baffling to know that I derailed years of healthy eating and exercise habits in less than four years’ time. Yet, I can pinpoint its cause to one thing: LIFE. Seriously-- I know you’re familiar with it. It’s that thing that sneaks in and steals your hours away so that you can dedicate your time to work and family. It’s the thing that, despite your best intentions, throws the occasional curveball, leaving you scrambling to acclimate yourself to a new setting, family, job, etc. It’s that thing we all learn to deal with by virtue of the simple fact that we are all living this human existence. For better, or for worse. Laura reFORM School programI am a 36-year-old lifelong South Carolinian who moved to Charleston three years ago. I’m also a 20-year vegetarian, and despite my grandmother’s fears, I neither wasted away nor developed an eating disorder. My physical activity routine started to slip shortly before moving to Charleston, and the food and bev scene here completely sunk all my healthy habits. I mean, I’m a foodie who loves to socialize. I was doomed from the time I set foot here. I love my work and give above and beyond of myself. In fact, I have fallen into the common female trap of giving so much time and energy to others that I have little left over for myself. When summer arrived, I made a vow that I would do what I needed to do to push myself onto a healthier path. I’ve never worked with a trainer over the long term. I had no idea what to expect, and-- I confess—it was not without trepidation that I contacted reFORM Studios. I’m stubborn. I don’t like being told what to do. (I mean, unless it’s Katrina tossing me some weights and telling me to do arm raises over and over again. SO much fun. Please, can’t we do those every session??) However, I did realize that this is an area of my life where I need structure and, at this point, a little guidance. How do I take care of myself AND do the work that I feel so passionately about? Having done it before, I know it’s possible. And even though it took four years to truly get off track, it’s such a quick decision to decide that I want to make a change for the better. So, that’s what I’ve done. Last Thursday, as Katrina finished my initial consultation, she scheduled me for my first official session on Saturday. My face brightened as I realized I had a whole day until I started “school.” Chocolate“So, this means, I can eat a pound of chocolate tomorrow if I want to??!” Katrina laughed. The trainer next to me launched into an incredibly impassioned speech about taking care of our body for our entire lives. As he pointed out, it’s the only body you’re born with and the only one you’re going to have. I’m pretty sure I had a look on my face like a teenager receiving a parental scolding. But he’s right. You inhabit the only body you’ll have during this life, and how you care for it is a series of decisions. Some of our decisions are good, and some of them are not so stellar. But in a life that has been filled with ups and downs, I can say, with confidence, that it is within my power to make decisions that positively impact my well-being, and that’s why I contacted reFORM. I did, however, have two pieces of chocolate on Friday. And my body thanked me for it.

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