Dina Maxwell

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before I even started my fitness lifestyle, I was the girl who had every excuse in the book as to why I could not work out. 

"I don't have time"

"I don't have child care"

"I have a back injury"

"I have a knee injury" 

"I can't afford it"

"It'll be too hard"

“But, I’m a [two-pack-a-day] smoker”

"I don't have the energy"

"I just can't do it.” 

At my lowest I even believed it was hopeless. I regularly told myself, "I'm so fat it doesn't matter, I am going to die anyways." When I was in my early 20’s I was in the U.S. Army where I was in decent shape. I was what we call ‘skinny fat’ because I was a smaller dress size but could barley do a push-up to save my life. While in the Army I got married and became pregnant. I decided to get out to be a mother, which was both the hardest and most rewarding decision I had made, up to that point. After the Army and having my daughter I put on some weight and never got back to my pre-pregnancy body. Add separation, divorce, and depression to the mix; five years later I had gained over 100 pounds. There I stood at my heaviest, 293 pounds and nearly 50% body fat, unable to play with my daughter and carried no self-esteem. I decided I needed to change. It took one person to counteract all of my excuses. One person to encourage me just to come in and TRY working out. Since then I have inspired others to take their health and fitness into their own hands through my transformations. I have overcame many obstacles and jumped through a variety of hoops to get where I am. I am stronger, healthier, and happier now in my 30’s than I have ever been in my life. Fitness has changed my entire life, not just my body. I was able to quit smoking completely, after trying and failing numerous times. I have become a better person, a disciplined novice/intermediate athlete, and a more patient mother. Becoming a trainer with the ability to inspire, motivate, and guide others in a field that I have tremendous passion for is another one of the most rewarding decisions I have ever made.