Warrior Spotlight - - Erin Mannick
Meet Erin M. When she first came to TFW, she was in a rough chapter in her life. No matter what she tried to do, her mind and body just couldn't see the beautiful and energetic person that was begging to be let out! What you don't see in this amazing story is the work that was put in. You don't see the struggles and low points that Erin chose to crawl out of and conquer. You don't see the tenacity and focus that it took to (in her words) "literally change my life."
In her own words:
About a year and a half ago, if you would’ve asked me to describe myself in three words I probably would’ve said I was fat, depressed, and pathetic. I am sure a lot of people have felt
that way before or something similar. It’s the worst, right? About two years ago, my five-year
relationship came to an end for various reasons but all I could really focus on was one brutally honest comment:
It was easier to be attracted to you when you were 60 pounds lighter.
As you can imagine, I was devastated. But what is even more devastating than the comment itself was the fact that I believed it. At the time, life just wasn’t in my favor. My sister was going through health issues. I was killing myself at a job I hated. I was doubting my faith. I was realizing just how alone I felt. I was trying to deal with the breakup. Life was out to get me, and it was winning. And, as if I wasn’t already struggling with everything in general, I was told that it was easier to be attracted to me when I was 60 pounds lighter. Whatever little shred of self-confidence I had before that conversation was gone in that moment.
So, in an effort to cope I turned to the one thing I knew I could rely on—food.
In a moment of personal indifference, I went to grab some late lunch by myself from my favorite spot in town. I ate a full meal and packed my left overs to take with me. I still remember how hopeless I felt walking out of the restaurant that day.
I was heading to my car when I noticed this bright green turf and a few fit guys hanging out in there. It looked like a gym, but unlike any I had ever seen before. It’s worth noting that I had rotated unsuccessfully through various gym programs, locations, and diet regimens by this point so I naturally I thought I was an “expert” in that fitness arena. But this place was different. There weren’t any machines but there was a giant rig. There were plates and weights but no mirrored walls or televisions.
I was intimated but also figured I had nothing else to lose.
So, I went in to talk to them, leftovers and all. I had no idea then that this experience would change my life. To put it simply, TFW has saved my life, but the transformation has been anything but simple. I had so much to conquer—insecurities, years of dietary negligence, a horribly pessimistic mind and a failing body. For decades, I believed that because
my mom died young from cancer, I was going to too. For years, I defined my worth by whether-or- not a boy wanted to date me. For too long I let life get the best of me.
But with consistent coaching and training, my body began to change and so did my attitude. Eventually, even different aspects of my life started shifting into place too. But it wasn’t easy. There were times my body hurt and I didn’t think I could do it, but I just kept showing up and putting in the effort. I had faith that good change would happen but I also knew it wasn’t going to happen if I didn’t make it happen.
It is a beautiful thing when you decide to stop being a victim of your life and choose to become a warrior and fight for it.
I have realized I am strong both in will and body. I have learned that the biggest struggle I face every day is in my mind. I have learned that familia is always there to encourage and help me when I slip back into doubt. I have learned that I can surprise myself and do things I never thought I could do. And I have met some of the most amazing people through this gym that I cannot imagine my life without them in it.
Transformations are hard. Making a commitment to yourself and your health is hard. It means that
everything changes—but isn’t that the point? Giving yourself a chance to live differently? To live better? I look back at the last year and a half and shock myself at what I have done.
It is nearly impossible for me to explain how much the quality of my life and health have improved.
I have lost fat, gained muscle, eliminated the need for my anti-depressant medications, gained friends and mentors, and have a new perspective on my life. If you are considering making a change, I encourage you to at least try. You owe it to yourself to have the best life you can. And trust me, you have no idea what’s waiting for you on the other side of your doubt. I suppose you may be wondering what three words I would use to describe myself now after my
I am tenacious, strong, and a warrior.
The crazy thing is that you are too. You just may not know it yet.
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