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I have had some very hard times over the last six years. I have went through things I never thought I could handle. From long-term unemployment to physical abuse to heartache and legal battles, it was a haul.
To say that I have gotten out of the darkness is an understatement and if it’s not clear, I am very proud of how hard I have worked to be where I am today as a devoted working single mother.
But every now and then, we have someone who helps us on our journey– our twisted paths– that helps us even in the darkest of times.
This person for me, is named Rob.
Rob and I have known each other for about 23 years. We met in a gym years ago, and while at first he was just a very funny, eccentric, smart and quirky man of steel, I have learned– albeit I haven’t cracked the Rob code yet– that he is more than that.
More often than not, he has given me a helping hand, smart advice and an ear.
Over this pandemic, I started training with him virtually and to say that I have seen results doesn’t do it justice. I have seen results. I am a bit timid and hard on myself, so I won’t post pics, but I have gotten in solid shape.
If you want to train with him and his program, I guarantee you will get results– just show up! I rarely sing anyone’s praises publicly, so if I am telling you he is good, he is good!
On days that I felt overcome with anxiety about living in a state that is full of COVID-19, I showed up to virtual workouts. On days my stomach hurt or my head hurt because I was tired from working, homeschool and being alone/lonely as a single mom, I showed up to virtual workouts. He and his awesome team, have kept me going. He has encouraged me, offered advice, just been a friend, listened and basically been a steady presence throughout this whole scary freaking mess of quarantine.
I am beyond grateful. There were days I literally told myself– “I can’t miss this workout. I don’t want to let myself down. Or Rob.”
Seeing his face on the other side of the computer … just reminded me I am not as terribly alone as I feel.
So, not only has my body gotten an amazing workout, but my mind and heart has felt a bit less alone in all of this.
Some friends are just more amazing than others– and he really has stood by me in a time when quite honestly, I feel terribly alone doing this with my daughter.
Thank you– to someone who showed up when I needed it. Who has been the true meaning of a friend for me in a time when I am vulnerable and anxious and trying to stay positive and zen.
I hope you all have someone who god, the universe or whatever you believe in– places in your life to help you through. We need each other, now more than ever.