My name is Naomi Martin, and I joined the Fitness Asylum this past fall for my first Body Challenge. I live with my husband and two awesome teenagers in Acton, Ma. I am a “soccer mom” and over the years, I have watched the transformation of many FA peeps from the sideline. I have seen countless women transform themselves, both mentally and physically before my very eyes, but I always had an excuse of why I couldn’t do it…I won’t bore you with the lame excuses that you have heard a million times over…
After being diagnosed with melanoma last year, my mental toughness was awoken and I realized I needed to get back in control of my own life. There were lots of things I couldn’t control, but I needed to find a way to control the controllables. I had to further convince myself that I could still be a good mom to two teenagers who works a crazy job, if I looked out for myself just a little bit. I also had to realize that nobody was going to do the hard work for me. I had to find a way to recommit myself to me and fortunately for me that came in the form of the Fall Body Challenge at FA.
What I found in the fall body challenge was a program that allowed human beings to believe in other human beings. I found a place that brings people together when the whole world is seemingly trying to tear people apart. I found a place that believes in the power of hard work, grit, and the human spirit.
I haven’t shared much on our Team Ryder team page yet during the winter body challenge. I have been focused on getting myself back into gear, and I have also been working with my husband Mark through the first few weeks of his first FA Body Challenge. I am so excited to have him here by my side, and couldn’t be prouder of the effort he is putting forth at boot camp and with his new “diet”.
As we navigate week #4, I hope that sharing a little of my story helps you find your why and a reason to keep “showing up” on this journey that you have started or come back to.
Last week, I passed the 50 pounds lost mark since starting at Fitness Asylum last September. Although, I am really proud of this milestone, I have been wrestling with some unexpected emotions with my before and after pictures. After initially laughing out loud, and then smiling about the changes, and then crying about how I ever became the person on the left, I came to realize the best part of these photos is my smile on the right. This smile represents the gratitude that I have for the support and love that I found at FA with people I have and haven’t met. I have tons of work to do, but like me, I promise you, you are worth it, sometimes you just have to believe it and get to work.