My journey in fitness began 8 and a half years ago. Growing up, I was not taught how to be healthy. I did not play sports. For the most part I was not very active until I reached high school.
In school, I struggled with my weight and body image, as most young girls do. Like many girls, I developed terribly disordered eating habits. Not eating to binge eating. These habits carried over into my college years. I gained and lost weight (mostly gained) in extremely unhealthy ways. It was not until I began my job at a supplement store that I started learning about the correct ways to get healthy. It opened a whole new world that I never knew existed. I began lifting weights, lost fat and gained muscle, and quickly knew this was the most important thing to me. I got my personal training certification and the rest is history…
Well… Not quite.
After moving from Houston to Jackson, I began competing in bodybuilding shows. As someone who previously struggled with disordered eating and body image issues, bodybuilding only exasperated this. Not because bodybuilding is evil or wrong. But because I still had not completely overcome my unhealthy way of thinking. I added a little more food and a lot more exercise, but I was still in the same unhealthy pattern that I was in before. This eventually wore me down and even though I did it, I was not happy competing.
Then everything changed. I was getting ready for a show, and witnessed my first female MMA fight in person. It was then that I knew I had to change my path. A few weeks later, I began training Jiu Jitsu. The low carb, low fat diet I had to follow for bodybuilding was replaced with a well balanced diet that allowed me to have energy for Jiu Jitsu and MMA. The endless hours of cardio were replaced with Muay Thai and endless amounts of Jiu Jitsu rolls. But most importantly, the negative obsessions over my body became a positive obsession with my technical ability- and making sure I was as healthy as possible so I could train.
Fast forward four years- I still wake up every day excited about training, I still eat to perform, and I still love my body through thick and thin!
My goal with Michelle Trent Fitness is to share my journey, the positives and the negatives, so I can inspire others to really make a healthy change in their lives. Not just physically, but mentally. I believe that being fit and healthy can and absolutely should be fun. That is how you sustain it for life!