My name is Emma Frick, and I am a journalism major at Temple University. I had been looking to take on a creative project when SFL graciously offered to post my writing on their social media pages. In the next few months, I plan to publish a series of articles relating physical and mental wellness to my recent experiences. To provide some context, here is a little background on me:
Late high school into college, I considered myself a runner. I stuck to a running oriented fitness regimen and often struggled to recognize my nutritional needs. After hearing such great things from my mom about Strength for Life from my mom, I started attending last spring. The people at SFL helped me realize how fitness and overall health requires a holistic approach. The guidance and education I receive at Strength for Life has inspired me to redefine my idea of fitness and empowerment. Over the past six months, I adapted a more balanced exercise routine which consists of running, conditioning, weight training, and rest days. Also, I have worked on varying my food choices and increasing caloric intake in order to build muscle. However, what was most pivotal in my fitness evolution was emotional growth. In order to see positive changes in my body, I had to take a giant leap outside my comfort zone. If I didn’t find this emotional strength within myself, I would still be the depleted, rigid-minded runner I once was. In other words, I wouldn’t be nearly as happy today.
So, why am I suddenly sharing all of this? Well, all of the emotional strength I gained this year has been tested past month. On September 24, 2017 my dad was in an accident and sustained traumatic brain injuries. As a result, he underwent numerous surgeries and has remained in a coma state up until recently. The prayers of our community have obviously worked, because he has slowly shown signs of increasing awareness.
Nowadays, I reserve most of my energy for my dad. With that said, I have recognized the importance of finding other outlets to recharge, and for me, Strength for Life is that outlet. Not only are the workouts a time to focus on my physical health, but Ed and Jim at SFL have recently encouraged me to document my journey through this vista. My hope is that the experiences I am going to share in the next few months will help educate, empower, and inspire others to step out of their comfort zone.