Employee Spotlight


Holly is an undergraduate student at Marshall University. She is employee of The Rec and pursing a healthy lifestyle. Holly wants to inspire other students to steps to become a healthier version of themselves below is her story.

“I made the decision to start a lifelong journey of health and fitness”

At the beginning of June 2016, I made the decision to start a lifelong journey of health and fitness. My whole life, I have battled with obesity, which came with a school life full of bullying. After years of hearing the things people would say about me, I began to believe it. I let my size and weight define who I was, and never once stood up to anyone. Just a few years ago, my mind began to change. I started to feel happy with who I was because I knew I wasn’t able to lose weight as easily as everybody else. I knew that simply getting my protein multivitamin levels under control wasn’t enough.

It was time to kick into gear.

When this journey began, I couldn’t have been happier. I didn’t let my size and weight get to me, I was nothing but confident. But because of my size, I wasn’t able to do everything my friends and family could do. This is what finally pushed me forward, in attempts of reaching a weight to go horseback riding in Puerto Rico by Spring Break. Losing weight has not been easy, but the journey has been great. I feel better and I’m having fun along the way.

The best part is the relationships it has strengthened.

I have a few friends and family members as my support system. Without them, I would not be where I am at both mentally and physically. They understand that there are setbacks, but they keep supporting me and pushing forward right by my side. Getting into the gym isn’t enough for the results I want now. I have a personal trainer at The Rec who I train with weekly. On top of working out alone and with her, I have started to meal prep and calorie count. This is probably the hardest part because I know I am not the only one who enjoys going out to dinner with friends.

My advice to everyone would be to find someone to do it with you.

I have many people following this journey close by, and without them, I would get bored and likely give up on myself. I have met my first weight loss mini goal, but I still have far to go. I plan to continue seeing a difference in the amount of things I am able to do and to watch the inches and pounds fall off. I find myself at The Rec more often than ever before doing personal training, studio X, and simply getting in some cardio (mainly through breaking the rules while playing racquetball).