@sweatandheels was created one night in April 2014 on a train ride back to Long Island from a spin class at New York Sports Club. I had taken a picture of myself on a spin bike and posted it on Instagram and a light bulb went off -- could I use social media as a tool for inspiring myself and others? I was texting with my friends, trying to gather opinions, brainstorming names back and forth, and @sweatandheels was one of the first ones I thought of - and it stuck. It's a combination of my corporate career and my love for fitness. Little did I know, this new name would become my hobby and passion. I started sharing photos immediately - work outs, selfies, meal preps, tips, and eventually... transformations. I felt the love from the fitness community on Instagram, which is unlike any other. People really do follow along, take the time to read, comment, and even try out your tips! It's amazing the support that flows in on a day-to-day basis.
By sharing my story and proving nothing is impossible, I hope to change at least one person's life. In my personal journey, I have learned that a positive attitude is key. I don't want to surround myself with people who don't want the same things as me or understand my end goal, and I have had to do a lot of soul searching to figure out that sometimes you have to say no to others and say yes to yourself.
3 years into my health and wellness journey, I am still finding out what makes me happy, but am proud to say I have lost 60 lbs, completed 2 half-marathons, and continue to try new things each and every day. It's not easy, but it's WORTH it!
Photo by Daniela Spector