Hi, I’m Kim. Pudge is my alter ego. When I started getting fit, I kept a blog called The Pudgy Parson, where I wrote about my journey, struggles, and uhem…lessons learned along the way. I jokingly told my trainer that once I had the body of my dreams, he could call me “Pudge” as kind of a tongue-in-cheek reminder of where I’d been. It stuck.
Pudge, in Real Life:
I‘m now a personal trainer, but for most of my life, I looked like this. I weighed 250 pounds. I ate my way (weigh?) through a bad marriage. I had asthma and bad knees, and what I perceived to be an absolute lack of amazing. I know, I know, my self esteem shouldn’t have been tied to my body, but for me it was. I tried every diet under the sun, and pulled out every workout from the plethora of magazines I bought. I was desperate for something, anything to work.
But when I took a new job in a new town in 2012, I vowed to make a change. There is a saying that says, “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” Mine showed up in the form of a friend whom I later found out was a personal trainer. Fast forward four years. I’ve lost 100lbs with only diet and exercise. I laugh when my dad walks right by me in the mall because he doesn’t recognize me.
I wear spandex… in public. I smile… a lot. I’m passionate about the process that gave me the one thing I wanted more than anything else: to be comfortable in my skin. Now I GET to help real people, with their own real lives and struggles, find their own amazing.