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Dec 30, 2016

Some angels wear halos, mine wear boxing gloves.

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Growing up in Texas meant that faith, food, and football were the components for a happy life and this was especially true in my home. The love of sports and being competitive was a huge part of my life. Basketball became my passion for many years. My days of being an athlete came to an abrupt halt during my senior year when I tore my ACL. Soon after I started college but I lacked motivation. At 21 years old, I thought I had life figured out and decided college was a waste of time.  God blessed me with a wonderful husband and three sweet boys: Maddox age 11, Bremerton age 4, and Titus age 3. While I love my boys dearly, I was quickly losing my spark and zest for life. I started turning to Jack Daniels and junk food to deal with my feelings.

I was physically there for my kids but I had mentally checked out.  My weight soon ballooned to 200 pounds and I was more depressed than ever.

 

One day while scrolling though Facebook, I noticed a friend of mine had checked into TITLE Boxing Club of McKinney. I decided to give it a shot. I was so nervous the first day I walked through the doors of TITLE. The staff soon calmed my nerves and help me get my wraps and gloves on. It was go time!

Anthony Young was my first trainer experience and it was intense. After the first 15 minutes he yelled, “Gloves on, warm up is over.” What?!? That was just the warm up? We started doing combos and punching the bag.  Anthony came up to me and said, “You have to listen to me! There is a technique to this.”  I remember thinking, “Who does he think I am, Muhammad Ali?” Little did I know that Anthony Young was going to change my life. Anthony used tough love and he never let me slack or give him an excuse.

Not long after, I met TITLE Boxing Club trainer Julian “Big Man” Walters. Julian’s big stature made him seem intimidating, but it turns out that Julian is one of the sweetest and kindest individuals I have ever met. He has a big heart and he really cares about people. I always walk away from his class with better technique and more knowledge about the sport of boxing.

Next was Alex Howe. The first time I took Alex’s class, I laughed to myself. He looked so young and sweet. What could this kid possibly teach me? My condescending laughter soon turned to tears and pleas for mercy. I knew I wanted to work more with Alex and I started doing personal training with him. Alex taught me so much in the months we worked together. He showed me proper technique and enhanced my skills.

Some angels wear halos, mine wear boxing gloves.

Deciding to take a chance and walk through the doors of TITLE Boxing Club of McKinney two years ago was a life changing moment.  The woman that walked out of the club was different than the woman who walked in. I had gotten my mojo back!

 

I put down the bourbon and Blue Bell and picked up the gloves. The weight starting to come off and before I knew it I had lost 60 pounds. More importantly, I was becoming the wife and mother that my family deserved. TITLE gave my kids their mom back and that is a gift that I can never repay. I decided to go back to school and finish what I started all those years ago. I am proud to say that in December of 2015, I graduated from Texas Woman’s University with a degree in history and I am currently working on my master’s degree in public history. TITLE Boxing Club did so much more than help me lose weight, it gave me my life back. I love the workouts but more importantly, I love the people. The trainers, staff, and members have become my support group, cheerleaders, and family.  If I can do it, then so can you. It’s never too late to make positive changes in your life.


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