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 running intervals. I joined a local run group and even though they were welcoming, my insecurities got the best of me. I thought, “I just can’t keep up.”

My personal trainer, and now a friend suggested that I start my own running group. It started with a couple of friends, and now it has grown into much more than just a running group! This running group is now a community! I started the group with the idea of wanting beginners to feel comfortable and supported. I want to empower people of all shapes and sizes to get out and move. It does not matter how fast you run, or if you need to walk more. You are always accepted, supported, and encouraged!

Just remember.....

Today’s defeat is tomorrow’s victory !!! Learn more about Coach Neita's journey here:

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