TFW has actually completely changed my life in more ways than just the fitness aspect of it. When I first came into the gym I was overweight, stressed, and riddled with anxiety from “the glamorous life of business travel”.
Last Spring, one of the members of the familia decided that it would be a goal to complete a Spartan race. As excited as I was to join the team and take on this challenge I soon realized my excitement was merely masking what was really going on in my life. Not only was I just “going through the motions,” but I was hiding what what I was really feeling and what was keeping me in place instead of moving forward.
I was using alcohol as a crutch and THAT was just making life HARDER.
As the Spartan race got closer, I realized that I needed to get my drinking under control if I ever wanted to finish the race and get my life back on course too. I ended up seeking help and am happy to say I haven’t had a drink since August 2017 and I strongly believe that without TFW I would have kept going in a downward spiral one bottle after another.
Although my story is far from over I feel like I can be me again
I have not only been able to shed over 30 pounds, but I have also learned to challenge myself to change bad habits
TFW has taught me to challenge myself and get comfortable being uncomfortable. I have struggled with anxiety for as long as I can remember. Now more than ever I believe in myself again and to realize that I am stronger both physically and mentally with ALL the support I get from the gym.
TFW has given me a tool better than any medication or glass of wine ever could.
The motivational stories that we get told, the high fives, AND the encouragement I get from not only the coaches are only the tip of the iceberg. The camaraderie you form with other members, the laughs, the bonds, and the relationships you form carry on outside of the gym too.
Everyone is always saying “Just try it out!”. I have nothing but good things to say about TFW it truly sets the standard in helping people.
TFW is so much more than a fitness program, it is a community.
I not only have learned how to work out effectively, but I have learned how to utilize exercise to manage my anxiety. Most gyms i’ve been to all have the same equipment and people who are just “going through the motions.”
But my home , my heart, and family are at TFW
I know that I have an entire gym full of people that will be there for me in a heartbeat when life gets tough. No matter what is going on in my life, I know that I can either walk into the Dojo and for one hour forget everything that is going on and remember that I don’t have to do it alone.
I travel almost every week and even when I am on the road and away I know that I have the support of the familia to encourage me to keep on the right path. I know I have the knowledge, skills, and attitude to help me take on anything that life throws at me.
Being part of something bigger like TFW has helped me take on my anxiety, take on my drinking, and taught me that i’m stronger than I know!