My mother signed me up for gymnastic lessons when I was three-years-old. I immediately loved it and demonstrated a natural affinity for the sport. I was never scared of attempting difficult jumps, spins and walkovers on the balance beam. I thrived on bars and vault and my favorite was floor exercise. The sport is extremely demanding, requiring strength, stamina, balance and flexibility. Hard work, repetition and courage are also important. I spent long hours training at the gym. I competed with a team throughout middle school, high school and college. Because of the intense training, I never worried about keeping in shape or my weight. I followed a strict diet to build healthy muscles and burned a tremendous amount of calories every day. Everything changed once I graduated from college and entered the workforce. When I first started my job, I was putting in long hours, exhausted and neglecting my health. Snacking at my desk and skipping workouts resulted in weight gain, aches and pains and depression. I realized that I needed to make physical activity a regular part of my day. I needed to get back to the gymnastics training that I so loved. I now set my alarm earlier and take at least an hour to work on my various gymnastic skills. It doesn’t matter that I don’t plan to compete. My accomplishments make me feel good. Since getting back to doing handstands, walkovers, aerials, back handsprings and my various skills, I’ve lost the extra weight and toned my muscles. I feel good about myself again. I have more energy and enjoy a more positive outlook.