Alex's Story

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Hi everyone! My name is Alex Larson and I am excited to share my fitness journey with you. When I was asked to write about the last couple of months, I was nervous that my story wouldn’t relate to the clientele of Get Fit, but then decided that if I didn’t share my experience I wouldn’t be engaging in the spirit of community and I’d be robbing myself of the opportunity of reflection… so this is my story.

Like many of the other testimonials, I grew up playing sports. I played youth soccer and later moved into the competitive circuit playing on club teams. I have always considered myself an athlete, and a fierce one at that. During this time I thrived in the idea that playing competitive soccer was a huge part of my identity as a person, and found that having this activity…this hobby, created a part of my persona. Going into college, I stopped playing competitively and became focused on getting my degree as fast as I could. My identity was changing to “college student,” and I was comfortable with that. My senior year of college, I was given the opportunity to teach yearbook to junior highers. I discovered that I LOVED art, photography, and graphic design and found that I flourished in a creative environment. After graduation, I was offered a job in Seattle as a sales representative and account manager for a publishing company, and my identity changed once again to “young professional,” which was a super exciting new adventure.

When I first started my position, I was SO excited to begin navigating adulthood. It was the first time I had ever lived alone, and my life became completely centered on work. I was working from home, and really struggled to find a work/life balance. For anyone else who works from home, they know that work can creep into any other rooms in their house. It became more and more difficult to regulate my working hours, and I found that I was working about 60 to 70 hours a week. At the end of the day, I was too tired to work out or even really to make meals for myself. This went on for about 2 years and I felt myself falling into an intense depression. I had gained weight like crazy, and was living very unhealthily. I had lost all control of so many different factors in my life, and I had lost all love for life that I once had. I knew I had to make some drastic changes in order to get my spark back.

I quit my job and moved back to Modesto this summer to take some time off and focus on mind, body, and spirit. It was one of the easiest decisions I have ever made, and I know how lucky I am to have had an opportunity like this. I knew that there was another round of Boot Camp coming up, and I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to start my journey of restoration. The workouts were tough, but exactly what I needed. I LOVED having the meal plans…it gave me a sense of ease knowing exactly what was on the menu, and how to make it. Structure has returned to my life because of this set up.

I quit my job and moved back to Modesto this summer to take some time off and focus on mind, body, and spirit. It was one of the easiest decisions I have ever made, and I know how lucky I am to have had an opportunity like this. I knew that there was another round of Boot Camp coming up, and I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to start my journey of restoration. The workouts were tough, but exactly what I needed. I LOVED having the meal plans…it gave me a sense of ease knowing exactly what was on the menu, and how to make it. Structure has returned to my life because of this set up.

I could not have started this journey without the help of the Get Fit staff, and my amazing coach and friend Carisah. It’s been really fun celebrating my achievements and meeting my goals for Boot Camp, and I truly think that this is a sustainable lifestyle that I fully intend to implement. Throughout this journey of finding my balance, I am now in a place that is not so much centered on the idea of identity and the pressure of finding it, but rather focused on how many different parts can make a whole person. I’ve found that healthy habits and clean eating have really contributed to helping my body feel strong and my mind clear. My journey is definitely continuous, but I feel like I FINALLY have my spark back.

During Season 13 of Rock Body Bootcamp, Alex lost 25 pounds and 18.75 inches. She continues to kill it in the gym every morning and is an inspiration and a JOY to all of us!