So, we’ve all heard of the “freshman 15…” the baggage you get after partaking in your “rights of passage” into college. In my case, it was more like freshman 35; and that weight stayed on for a couple years. Going into my junior year of college I started to stay home more, I wasn’t active, I didn’t want to go out or do much of anything, and I wasn’t happy. My mom described it as “your glow that makes you, “you”, is missing.” My parents, especially my mom Nicole, never gave up on me and tried to get me motivated. At the time, I thought my parents were just evil people that wanted to take away my delicious, cheesy Qdoba nachos that I loved so much. Each time I would go home my parents would cook healthy meals and would plan hikes, or runs, or ski trips – something fun, but also active at the same time. Over my holiday break, my mom invited me to a class called “HELLth” that was instructed by some crazy dude named Chris, and promised that I would just looovveee it. I wouldn’t call it “love at first workout” but it was pretty damn close to that. I thought I was going to pass out, I did puke; and I have never been yelled at so many times in my life to “pedal faster,” or “PAIGE your mom is kicking your ass and she is twice your age (sorry to bring up your age mom).” It was a complete wakeup call, and I was immediately addicted.

I moved back to Denver in the beginning of June 2014, and started my journey to becoming a healthier and happier me. It wasn’t easy. Every day was, and still is, a battle to get out of bed at 4:00a.m., only to get your tush handed to you by the insane…I mean incredible instructors here at Endorphin. However, my mom was there each and every day with me – we went to “two-a-days” for a majority of the summer and we cooked every meal at home – each week I thought to myself “no moorree broccoli, no morree brown rice, and no morree chicken”- but I ate it anyway. After a month, I lost 15lbs, then 5 more, and again 5 more! As of today, I am proud to say I have lost the 35lbs, and they will never come back and take over my life, ever again. Being active and healthy is not just a phase to lose a couple extra pounds to fit into a bikini or a dress for “the big day,” it’s a way of life. I have never been happier than I am right now. I have an incredible support system at home and at Endorphin; I cannot thank Chris, Briana, Nick and my mother enough for changing my life forever.

Now, I get to embark on yet another journey! I went through teacher-trainings in the fall and was recently hired to be an instructor at Endorphin. I could not be more thrilled to be a part of the Endo family and with the opportunity to help others reach their fitness goals. The only advice I can give to those about to start, and those that are on their journeys to becoming healthier and more active is this: It’s not going to be easy. Every day is a struggle. Different muscles will hurt in places you didn’t know you had muscle. You will want to give up and sleep in…DON’T. Get up. Just do it. Anything is possible…

Paige Milstein