Getting Started w/ Neita Bright

My name is Neita, and I would love to share my journey to wellness and my mission towards empowerment.

So, who am I? I am a plus size personal trainer on her own journey. A journey filled with a mix of hope, tears, courage, struggles and even joy. I am an open book, with the desire that others can relate to and know they are not alone. I hope that I can help you gain a healthier mindset as we conqueror our inner demons.

As a wife and mom of three children, I have struggled with weight issues from the day I was born. I came into this world as a 9lb baby with black wavy hair. During childhood, I was a nerdy chubby kid who was never picked for the team. In my teen years, I developed disordered eating. Often, I would skip meals just to turn to binge eating a gallon of ice cream or package of Oreos. I have a memory of eating a single taco one day, in which I later punished myself by ridding it in the bathroom. Here I was, 13 and obsessed with being skinny. This cycle continued off and on into adulthood. I joined Weight Watchers in 2003 and loss 75 lbs. in about 8 months. I never allowed myself to indulge or eat a piece of cake. I became almost obsessed with the point program. This was just not sustainable overall for me. Shortly after gaining all my weight back, I started the diet cycle again. I went on to try Slim Fast, Vegetarian lifestyle, baby food diet, soup diet, and Weight Watchers 4 more times. I loss about 30Ibs each time only to gain it back.

Fast forward to 2015, I found myself in ICU fighting to breathe with the flu, strep and double pneumonia. While in ICU, I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and soon after, I would be told that I had high blood pressure. I knew something had to be done. I was in my thirties, and my health was killing me.

It was not long before I went for my first run. I did not know how far I would get, but I was going to try!

I eventually joined a gym. I found that I did not know what I was doing at the time. I was new to fitness and I was not keeping track of my workouts. I needed a personal trainer. I had a friend who had done Spartan Races. I wanted someone who could help me lose weight and train for a race. So, I found a personal trainer at a local gym who does just that. We would train outside carrying sandbags, carrying buckets, and flipping tires. It was not long before I had loss 58 pounds. After moving across town, I joined my current gym.

I also discovered that I enjoy runni