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My name is Anna Reed and I am an NFPT certified personal trainer, fitness model, and former assistant editor for activelife Guide magazine where I wrote monthly as well as designed and modeled each fitness routine. From modeling ventures to fitness craziness, this is my life. There is never a dull moment between kids, jobs, and training. Modeling is more of a hobby than anything at this point but I love hamming it up for the camera :). I really don’t see what they see but when I get a job offer, I am not one to turn it down. I love being busy and modeling adds spice to my life. Fitness, however, is a passion and here is the story of where I came from and how I got to where I am today.When it comes to being fit, not everyone battles being overweight and overeating. Some people like me struggle with being underweight. Until a couple of years ago, I was stuck in what I refer to as the “skinny trap” and thought being in shape was all about the number on the scale, eating salad, running a lot, and having skinny legs. Yes, I was quite thin (not to the point of anorexia but teetering on the edge). However, I was constantly exhausted. I saw the alternative method of weight lifting as something that was only for men and for those women who wanted to become masculine. I wanted NOTHING to do with it.
I struggled to gain weight in my teens due to some sad circumstances and saw myself as the ugliest person imaginable. When I arrived at college in August 2003, I weighed less than 100 lbs. Because of my work and class schedule, the only cafeteria I had time to eat in served nothing but fried chicken, pizza, and burgers. Needless to say, I had gained almost 50 lbs. by the end of my first semester. I struggled to get my weight under control for the next 3 years. During the first semester of my senior year, I took a physical education class called Physical Fitness where I had to run and lift weights in order to pass the class. I also enrolled in a kayaking course and got in fairly decent shape. I was able to keep my weight down to a reasonable number until graduation but did not maintain my muscle mass after the classes ended.
I got married a few months after graduating college and was pregnant not long after. Throughout my first pregnancy, I simply ate normal and went on walks every now and then but that was the extent of my “workouts.” By the time I delivered, I had gained 35 pounds, a completely acceptable amount. The weight came off within a few months but I went right back into my “skinny” process until I weighed between 110 and 115 pounds. At my height of 5’ 8”, that weight was far from ideal. Once again, I was skinny but I had no energy. I joined the local volunteer fire department where I stayed until we transferred to Indiana in 2010. The trainings we had at the department were good workouts and I figured that was enough to stay in shape. Upon moving to Indiana, I got a membership at the gym where I worked. I begrudgingly decided to try my hand at weight lifting, of course keeping it low weight and high rep so I didn’t bulk up. It was intimidating to say the least. I hated the “big boy weights” (free weights) and felt so out of place, but with the help of some great friends, I learned to shove my headphones in my ears, buckle down, and go no matter who stared at me and what faces they made.
Shortly after moving, I got pregnant for the second time but I was determined to stick with my workouts. I was very careful to listen to my body and my doctor throughout. I worked out 5-6 days a week through the whole pregnancy, including the day I went into labor. I cannot describe what a vast difference there was between my pregnancies. I gained the same amount of weight both times but I was left with ridiculous muscle when the “baby” weight came off about 9 weeks after delivering. I had energy to spare despite having two kids to care for and other responsibilities. Helping people has always been second nature to me and I desperately wanted to help others have the same success as I had. I tested and received my NFPT personal training certification. I recently began working at PointBlank Nutrition in Carmel, IN, and learned so much more about the importance of incorporating nutrition into one’s fitness regime. My philosophy is that health cannot be measured in pounds, but rather by energy and progress. There is always room for improvement and you are only limited by how much you believe in yourself and in your ability to achieve the goals you set. There is no “half-way.” It’s all or nothing so go for it and never look back!
I am a wife and a mom to two little girls. I also work part-time as an RN at an outpatient surgery center. I love my job, but with two small children, this is the perfect place for me to be able to do what I love and take care of and spend time with the people I love. It’s always crazy at our house so I have to MAKE time for everything. Making time for the gym and fitness is sometimes my only alone time. It’s my time to make myself a better person and take the time to show my girls what it takes to be healthy.My journey to this world began a few years ago. I have never been a “work out at the gym” type of person. I ran a little off and on, but after I had my first daughter, I wanted to get back into shape. With a total of 80 pounds gained, I felt it would never go away. The Beach Body Insanity DVD’s helped me get back to my pre-baby weight because, isn’t it all about the number on the scale? Well, that’s what I thought.After I had my second daughter two years later, I knew I needed to work harder to get the weight off. I got very discouraged because it didn’t come off as quickly as the first time. Anna Reed, who also happens to be my sister, somehow convinced me to train for a fitness competition as motivation to lose the weight. So, I dove right in. My baby was 5 months at the start of my 16 weeks of training for the Bikini division of an NPC competition. It took a lot of mental work to look past the numbers on the scale and look at inches lost and comparison pictures. Now, I have a scale in my bathroom, but the batteries are dead. That competition was only the beginning for me. The difference that training made in my life, mentally, spiritually, and physically, has changed everything, from the way I think about foods and what my family eats to the way I view my progress and body changes. Since that competition in November 2013, I have trained and completed another NPC competition placing 4th in Open Bikini Class B with plans for more in the future.I am so excited to help other people realize their dreams and goals of fitness and being in shape. I am new to this training world, but don’t think that you will get away easy. It is a long road to being in shape and meeting your goals, and I can help you get there through hard work and determination.