STRONG is the word I would use to describe myself. Thinking I was in shape and ready to take on something new, I tried my first class at Ripped last September. Well, I made it through, but knew I had only just begun. Almost a year later, I feel stronger as an athlete and person. The weights are heavier, the reps are increasing, and the speed is faster. As I have everyday stressors, the gym is my relief. Through the gym, I find strength within myself. Even though waking up and getting there is not always easy, I am there. It prepares me for the day as it gets my body and more importantly my mind ready and strong. When I have had a hard day at work and have to deal with a difficult student, my workout is my time I reset myself and get ready to see it as a new day and a new way to help that student. As I get ready to hit the beach with my family or friends, my workout is my time to push myself and get ready for a fun day. Even though, I am a quiet and reserved person, I feel strong. My workout makes me a better teacher, friend, sister, daughter, girlfriend, and just a better person. I have always held onto the quote, “Be the best you,” and with this strength I have found, I can be the best me!