“Boxing began my weight loss journey and from that point on I never let go!”
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Everyone has “a story”, my journey in life has had many bumps and bruises, I would say I have always been a fighter , I bring that energy into the ring - I have gotten knocked down in life and got back up more than once, I have already won! I want to stand for the people who think they can’t do it, whatever that may be, and whatever lies they tell themselves. This is a challenge more mentally than physically and one that I am ready to KO! I turned 40 and I am the happiest and healthiest I have ever been! In my 40th year of life, one of my major goals was to get in the ring! I am determined to get it done!
I work in the fitness industry - teaching group fitness classes and private training targeting mostly clients who want to lose weight ...
I got into this path of work from my personal struggles in life for a long time with being overweight ... at the end I lost all hope and was 300lbs , I went to a boxing gym suggested by a friend , I loved it and from that moment the hope I lost slowly started coming back ... my weight loss journey began and I lost over 120lbs ... I went from an obese, lonely , hopeless , sad human being in this world ... to finding that fight within to keep going and not give up no matter what ... I wanted to share this with the world because I knew there were other people out there who were struggling just as I was and maybe have not found that hope or push ... I wanted to be that person for anyone who may need that motivation ... I didn’t get into the fitness industry by ego, or coming from an athletic background ... I came into it knowing what it was like to being called “fat ass” walking down the street ... feeling completely defeated ... so began my career in the fitness industry and haven’t looked back ... I am not the instructor with 10,000 followers on social media, or have a billboard of me out there in the streets of NYC, or post all the healthy food I eat ... this is not what it is about for me! I know I do what I do damn good and my main goal is to make someone work harder, and at the end be like dayummmm “I DID IT”!!
I watched boxing with my dad growing up.
Favorite all time boxers: “Muhammad Ali ... because he fought not only in the ring, but out of the ring, he didn’t fight for only himself , he fought for others ... he fought with all his heart and soul and not to mention he had damn skillllsssss!!
I have to add that my favorite female boxer is Claressa Shields ... I recently had the opportunity to read about her history, life , boxing career .. and it touched me. Boxing is a sport, period! Unfortunately, it has had the stereotype as a male sport - well it ain’t! - Clarissa stands for that, she is a fighter in life and in the ring! “
I think when an accomplishment happens in life and you feel like damn I really did that ... it usually comes from struggles - and I know what that feels like! Like walking through a dark long tunnel and seeing that light for the first time, boy that is some feeling! So yes, I have had accomplishments that I def want to share, not because I want a pat on the back, really to share for the sole reason that maybe I can touch someone out there ...
I was a bad person for a long time, I was selfish, I didn’t care about my actions influencing the ones who loved me, I didn’t care about myself, I hurt inside , and on the outside I was fearless ... I struggled with depression and substance abuse ... for a long time ... saw no way out ... I got sober when I was 23, today I have 16 years in recovery.
I know what it is like to really live my life, I do that today - not just “survive” or “get by” as I did for so long! I am clear I have a purpose in life today - it ain’t all about me! For me, it is about giving back in any way that I can, not only fighting for me , but fighting for the ones who can’t fight for themselves!