There is so much I could say about my passion for D1 Dallas because I love this place so darn much, but I will keep it to this:
I think it’s pretty self-explanatory and obvious that most, if not all, first-year students are scared of the “Freshman 15.” And let me tell you, it is so real. Even scarier than that, I think that the number 15 is being generous; the pizzas and pounds rack up, real quick.
I thought I was living a healthy lifestyle and that I was pretty fit for a college student. I’ve always loved health and fitness, as mentioned here, here, here, here, and here. Starting out the second semester, though, I struggled with commitment, routine, and confidence in my ability to continuously live out the lifestyle I wanted.
In my first weeks of being a DG, a rep from D1 Dallas came to chapter and announced that every woman in Greek life could attend any strength or bootcamp class for free in the next two weeks. I’d never heard of this place before and was curious because I was really missing my athletic and quick-paced workouts from high school tennis. Initially, I was intimidated because, c’mon, running around on a turf with mega-fit coaches yelling at you and blowing a whistle is a little intimidating (I mean, only a littttle bit…). But because I’m passionate about working out + I desperately missed my tennis workouts from high school, I decided to give it a shot.
What I did not expect, after that very first class, was for the rest of my semester and outlook on fitness to change so drastically. Long story short, each sorority house was entered in a raffle for one girl to win a free six month membership at D1 Dallas. I was en route to bootcamp on the last day of the free trial when I got a phone call that I had won a free membership. From that day on, nothing has felt the same.
It’s been a process, but in the past few months, I have gained a new perspective on commitment, fitness, and myself. We’re never too young or old or unathletic to reach a goal we set. Each day to go to D1, I look forward to working out, I look forward to clearing my mind, and I look forward to building my strength and living my best life (cliche, I know, but oh-so true). There is something so rewarding about walking off that turf, about knowing that while I could’ve stayed on campus and sat around (and probably procrastinated), I decided to get after my goals and better myself. Some classes are harder than others, but there is never one day that I regret my decision to get myself to bootcamp. Sometimes, getting there feels like the hardest part, because once I’m at D1, the coaches take it from there. That’s something I’ve really picked up and incorporated in my mindset—you just have to start. You just have to decide to do something and take the first step, and the results and the change will naturally follow. I’ve also learned that it’s important to distinguish the difference between wanting to change who I am vs. wanting to improve and be my best self.
And I can’t leave out the best part of this whole experience: the amazing people I’ve met this semester. The coolest people are the ones you never expected or intended to meet on your own. Between the coaches, the staff members, and the other members, there are so many inspiring, hardworking, and passionate people that push me to do better in every aspect of my life. When you can kick ass in a workout and still manage to smile and encourage others, that’s when you’ve made it. That’s how I want to be; that’s a quality I want to carry with me beyond my time working out. It’s refreshing to be around people that want to be better and that are striving for something greater, too.
I think it’s safe to say that this unexpected opportunity has struck a chord in my heart and has helped me develop a healthy lifestyle that I can maintain. I wish the media could celebrate these moments that Greek life offers, not just the social and stereotypical side of things. Honestly, my time at D1 has been one of the best things that DG has given me.
To everyone at D1 Dallas that has made an impact on my life—thank you, thank you, thank you. You have all done more for me than you’ll ever know. Your presence, attitudes, and lifestyles are inspiring and much appreciated. I will miss you and this season of life as I leave Dallas for the summer, but have no fear—I will be back! 🙂 xx