However, after many months of training I was still struggling to stay active on my own time. I was still getting on my feet again after my divorce, still struggling with depression and anxiety, and still emotionally eating. But I knew I was capable of so much more.
December 31st, 2015. I will never forget that day because that’s the day that I decided to do better and start taking care of myself. I knew the only way I was going to beat the depression and anxiety was by changing my life completely and really start listening to what my personal trainer told me.
I remembered back when I was a child, I participated in a basketball tournament in the fourth grade. I told my father before I left the house that I was going to win that trophy. And sure enough, I came home with that trophy. That same determination told me that if I didn’t want to be depressed anymore, I could do something about that. And if I didn’t want to be overweight anymore, I could do something about that.
From that day forward, I began to live a fitness lifestyle that I will never, ever, ever, stop living. Because this is the best type of therapy that anyone can give themselves. And that is a fact.
In March 2017, after 15 years working as a paralegal, I decided to take a leap of faith and become a personal trainer. My passion—besides raising my fantastic son—is to spread the goodness and to show you just how capable you are and to build you up from the inside out.
My workouts are customized to your goals. Every single one of us is different and every single one of us has goals that can be reached, and I will do whatever I can to help you—because it is my mission to do so.
My name is Connie Lee.
I am a mother and a Certified Personal Trainer through ISSA.
I am currently training out of ATR Fitness, 2175 Empire Blvd, Webster, NY, 14580.
In May of 2015, one year after a divorce that still felt fresh, I suffered a herniated disc that compressed my sciatic nerve. Unexpectedly, I went through the process of physical therapy, injections, and not being able to walk. I finally met a surgeon who told me if I ever wanted to walk without pain again I would have to remove the disc that was compressing my nerve.
While the surgery was a success and I was finally able to move again, I had gained about 20 pounds and my strength was at an all-time low. Depression set in. I didn’t know how I was going to get my body and my mind back. I wanted to feel well again.
In July of 2015, I received a text message from a personal trainer who I had worked with prior to my surgery. He asked me one question: "When do you want to start.”
I was so thankful for him reaching out that I wanted to start right away. I began training with him twice a week at one of my favorite parks. And slowly, he helped strengthen my body and began to change my mindset. He believed in me and showed me how capable I was.